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  • unravel... a festival of yarn Celebrating all things yarn

    Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 February 2020

    Festival show guide & full programme

  • welcome! workshop schedule Please check in at the Info Desk in the foyer 15 minutes before your workshop to let us know you’ve arrived.

    Welcome yarn lovers to unravel... a festival of yarn! We are so excited to welcome you to Farnham and to this year’s festival – our biggest one yet. In Farnham we take pride in celebrating craft all through the year and love having you join us to celebrate yarn and all things yarn making: knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and more!

    New for 2020 we’ve created the Indie Maker Market, a market within our marketplace where you can discover new and smaller makers. We’ve also created the Inner Yarn Sanctum, a cosy place for you to hang out and socialise with your making, if you want to take some time away from the busy marketplace. You can find the Inner Yarn Sanctum in the Courtyard Kiln which will also be hosting our free Talks Series, sponsored by Garthenor Organic. We are grateful for their support.

    Huge thanks to Jeanette Sloan and Lorna Hamilton-Brown of BIPOC in Fiber for being part of our exhibitor selection committee this year. Our curated marketplace is fit to burst with over 80 exhibitors, many of whom are brand new to the show alongside some of your favourites. We hope you’re ready to be overwhelmed by the yarny delights that await you. A further special thanks to our wonderful workshop sponsors. Their support means that many of this year’s workshops have yarn supplied – a great way for you to not only try something new, but discover a new yarn too.

    Finally, be sure to check out some of the shortlisted submissions to our first ever design competition. The talent is second to none. The winning pattern, the Fireside Chat Cowl by Zanete Hussain, has been included in the show guide. If you love it as much as we do, you’ll want to cast on right away.

    However you celebrate yarn, we hope you enjoy this year’s unravel festival as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

    Happy stitching! Allison, Jo & Caroline The Craft Team at Farnham Maltings

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    * CHECK your coat at our cloakroom next to the South West Kiln.

    * DISCOVER over 80 exhibitors across the whole building.

    * CAST ON for the winning design from our first ever design competition.

    * WIND your new yarn in the foyer.

    unravel 2020 top tips * SNACK on cake or light lunch fare in the Riverside Café or Foyer Bar.

    * RELAX and enjoy our free talk series sponsored by Garthenor.

    * ASK any questions about your visit at the info desk in the foyer or if you are neurodiverse and need access to our quiet space.

    fri sat sun 9:30am – 12:30pm

    Brioche Masterclass with Renée Callahan East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Mandala Crochet Colourplay with Dedri Uys East Wing Dance Studio 2

    Amp Up Your Instagram with Mieka John Meeting Room 1

    1:30pm – 4:30pm

    Two Colour Cables with Renée Callahan East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Roosimine with Aleks Byrd East Wing Dance Studio 2

    Mosaic Colourwork with Vincent Deslandes Meeting Room 1

    9:30am – 12:30pm

    Estonian Mittens with Aleks Byrd East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Create Your Own Modern Graphic Yoke with Maxim Cyr & Vincent Deslandes Meeting Room 2

    Tuck Stitch Cowl with Mieka John Meeting Room 1

    Introduction to Knitwear Design with Kate Atherley East Wing Dance Studio 2

    1:30pm – 4:30pm

    Design Your Own Colourwork Hat with Karie Westermann East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Intarsia with Sylvia Watts-Cherry Meeting Room 2

    Crochet a Shawl with Dedri Uys East Wing Dance Studio 2

    Sideways Sweater Knitting with Susanne Sommer Meeting Room 1

    9:30am – 12:30pm

    Knitting the Landscape with Karie Westermann East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Socks for Complete Beginners with Kate Atherley East Wing Dance Studio 2

    Knit Your Own Statement Jewellery with Susanne Sommer Meeting Room 1

    1:30pm – 4:30pm

    Finishing Techniques with Renée Callahan East Wing Dance Studio 1

    Beaded Colourwork with Jeanette Sloan East Wing Dance Studio 2

    There’s still time to book on! Ask at the Box Office in the foyer about availability.

    * TRY your hand at spinning with the West Surrey Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers in the foyer.

    * LEARN from The Chain Gang in the marquee where Zoe and Kim can help you with your crochet.

  • garthenor talks series Take a break from the busy marketplace and retreat into the Inner Yarn Sanctum where our free talks series is sponsored by Garthenor Organic. The space is also a cosy place to relax with your projects and meet other like-minded makers during the festival.

    Fri 21 February

    Sat 22 February

    Sun 23 February

    2:00pm – 3:00pm My Life in Knitwear with Erika Knight

    11:00am – 12:00pm This Golden Fleece: Unravelling Britain’s Woolly History with Esther Ritter

    2:00pm – 3:00pm Modern Men’s Knitting: Interview with Maxim Cyr and Vincent Deslandes

    11:00am – 12:00pm Mending Our Knits: From Secret Strengthening to Visible Mending with Anushka Tay

    2:00pm – 3:00pm Getting Published as a Designer: Panel Discussion with Kate Atherley, Natalie Warner, and Karie Westermann

    art installations

    max alexander

    Riverside Café

    Max Alexander has been knitting moths since 2014 and has recreated over 50 different species in wool. Each of Max’s moths is hand knitted with Shetland Wool and the designs are as accurate as possible. Each moth is framed with small name labels in the style of a natural history display.

    Max also designs and makes jewellery for knitters and crocheters. Her jewellery and cards can be found in the Maltings shop in the foyer.


    Alison Ellen trained in textile design at Farnham Art College and worked first in hand-printed textiles. Alison approaches knitting as a way of constructing both a fabric and a 3D shape, exploring what the technique can do to alter the drape, thickness and stretch of the materials.

    Alison takes inspiration from the surrounding countryside and gardens, and enjoys exploring shaping through the structure of knitting with an emphasis on construction.

    Glass Box

    Appropriating ancient nomadic traditions from her homeland Kazakhstan, Uriya Jurik works with found and organic media including sheep bones, felt and wool.

    Drawing on wool and felt’s unique materiality, Uriya’s work embraces wool’s chaotic constitution as a metaphor for contemporary turmoil and makes palpable the holistic conception of the Universe which evolves through us - tiny, vulnerable wool fibres in the infinite interconnected tapestry of the world.

    alison ellen uriya jurik

    * COUNTESS ABLAZE’s parody art gallery display in the Great Hall with a Rebel Batch that includes The Girl With the Mini Skein Earring and Yarn Banksy.

    * JOHN ARBON’s newest yarn - YARNADELIC - makes its debut at unravel in the Great Hall. This yarn is 100% Corriedale spun in Devon, UK.

    * LANIVENDOLE are also debuting a new yarn spun from a rare breed 100% Italian mountain wool from the area of Trentino. Find them in the Great Hall.

    * THE WINNING DESIGN and other shortlisted submissions from our first ever design competition on display in the Inner Yarn Sanctum.

    don’t miss!

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    Hand dyed yarns, knitting kits, Addi needles and Clover notions.


    Our wonderful selection of yarns will dazzle and inspire your next project.


    Naturally dyed and hand dyed art yarns from Folkestone.


    Devon Mill producing fine quality yarns and fibre tops.


    The home of hand dyed yarn.


    Arnall-Culliford Knitwear

    Countess Ablaze Debonnaire

    Dusty Dimples Emily Foulds Folkestone Harbour Yarn

    John Arbon Textiles

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    London-based yarn haven for the conscious knitter.


    KnitPro needles and accessories.


    Sustainable hand dyed carefully curated natural yarns.


    Luxurious British wool - made to last.


    Exclusive, stylish knitting patterns to make with our own herd’s alpaca yarn.


    Indie-dyed yarn specialising in unusual colours and speckles.


    Brilliantly vivid hand dyed yarns and kits.


    Quarterly knitting magazine and pattern books for creative types.


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    Rainbow Heirloom

    Small yarn company from Genoa, Italy specialising in yarns from local fibres.


    Handknitting and crochet yarns that delight and inspire.


    Ethical and eco- friendly yarn from a single flock in Bavaria.




    The Fibre Co.



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