Friday, 13 September 2013

Forward planning (What's On part 2!)

Since the recent "What's On" post, I've been thinking a lot about the next 'Unravel'. If you don't know what it is, you may like to read my review of Unravel 2013 before you read on.  It's still five months away but I'm already thinking about making a weekend of it and using it as a way of getting together with even more friends. With this in mind, I thought it might be worth getting the dates out there for anyone who is thinking of making the trip from further afield. 

Unravel 2014 will take place on Friday 21 February (5pm-8pm), Sat 22 February (10am-5pm) and Sun 23 February (10am-4pm). I'm planning to be there on the Saturday (all day) and Sunday (morning) and would love to meet up with readers who are attending. Last year was a little chaotic, so I'm going to see if we can pre-plan a meeting place for a 'Cwtchy Knit & Natter', or something like that. I'll speak with the organisers before the event, and will let you know of any plans nearer the time. 

As so many of you made it to Unravel 2013, I thought you might also be interested in two more upcoming events  at Farnham Maltings, which you can book now

October 19th & 20th - 17th annual Festival of Crafts
Festival of crafts brings together over 80 leading designer-makers and offers a great opportunity for visitors to buy bespoke craft pieces and gain inspiration from skilled professionals. Contemporary crafts on show and for sale include ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, jewellery and wood. Established designers will showcase their work alongside the best of the UK’s emerging makers.

Festival-goers will be able to participate in workshops and demonstrations from members of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and Maltings makers textile network, plus resident artists Sarah Dodd of Lotus Blossom and Laura Rose textiles.

This year’s festival of crafts falls within a celebration of crafts in Farnham throughout the month of October. Farnham Craft Town Month will feature participatory demonstrations and events in retailers and businesses across the town. 

Sunday 3rd November - Thread, Festival of Textiles 
This latest addition to the Maltings’ busy craft and festivals programme follows the success of Unravel, an international festival of knitting, and is a showcase for the many and varied textile notions.

Festival-goers will be able to hear expert talks, attend a range of workshops and see inspiring demonstrations and exhibitions of contemporary textile work. Visitors are invited to show off their sewing skills by entering the Best in Sew competition, sponsored by Mollie Makes Magazine, which will be judged by Farnham Maltings resident sewing tutors and authors of Sewing for Kids, Alice and Ginny.

Highlights include the marketplace featuring artisan fabrics, dressmaking patterns and haberdashery items, a masterclass for emerging makers from textile artist and Manchester Metropolitan Research Fellow Alice Kettle, and a showcase of the latest work of artist and illustrator Lou Gardiner.

I'll be back next week with another yarn giveaway, a finished pair of socks (hopefully), and perhaps even a little progress with my handspun - have a great weekend!  

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