garthenor talks series


enjoy talks from craft experts

Garthenor Organic logo - a pair of sheep shears and the words Garthenor Organic underneath

Unravel is a community craft experience that celebrates all things yarn and yarn making. With all kinds of creativity to inspire makers from our curated marketplace to workshops we also have talks with craft experts as part of our Garthenor Talks Series.

Take a break from the festival to hear from designers, makers and other craft experts about the projects they're passionate about. Talks with our craft experts take place in the long kiln gallery and will be recorded and available to view after the festival for unravel visitors.

Generously sponsored by Garthenor Organic.

Colorful Crochet Knitwear with Sandra Gutierrez
Fri 09 September, 11am-12pm

Join Sandra as she tells of the inspiration behind the fourteen patterns included in the book, as well as some of the difficulties and challenges of writing a book while pregnant and taking care of a toddler! Check out some of the samples and get inspired to start your next crochet project.

Colourful Crochet Knitwear is not just a collection of patterns, but a book that you will come to time and time again. It is a guide to Sandra's favourite colorwork techniques including tips for how to choose colours for a project and how different fibres may affect the overall look of a colorwork project.

Shetland Lace with Elizabeth Williamson
Fri 09 September, 3pm-4pm

A live talk by Elizabeth Williamson followed by a questions and answer session.

Elizabeth will talk about the history of lace knitting in Shetland and her own family history of knitting. She will also discuss her experiences of growing up in Shetland surrounded by knitters and being taught to knit at the young age of 3.

Elizabeth will be showing examples of her work and that of her family.

Natural Dyeing with Liz Baltesz
Sat 10 September, 1pm-1.45pm

This talk will be based around five knitted projects, made by Liz using her home dyed yarn, as well as lots of other beautiful samples to admire.

Liz will talk us through the following...

1. Natural dye families - the potential range of colours (as demonstrated with her projects; Primavera stole and indigo jacket)

2. Building a British palette, using indigenous plants (shown with her Yell jacket)

3. Place specific palette - foraging and recycling to create locally relevant colour (as seen with Liz's Marshland Cowl)

4. Natural dyeing myths - vibrancy and colour stability (an example of this is Liz's Patchwork Crescent)

5. Getting started with natural dyeing

Dye Guys Panel with Ted Walsh, Dan Lee, Andrew Kite, moderated by Martyn Wait
Sat 10 September, 2pm-2.45pm

The Dye Guys will chat and cover everything from where to find inspiration, colour selection, the dyeing process; strategically vs freestyle, preferred methods and then open up to questions from you on any other topics you would like the panel to discuss!

Have your say by sending ahead your questions, email or dm @unravelfestival on Instagram and we will endeavour to answer as many as possible!

Meet the experts...
Dan Lee from Bona Yarns
Bona Yarns was birthed in April 2021, Dan dyes on an assortment of bases, from a top-quality supplier. The merino he uses is doxing-free and the Bluefaced Leicester fibre is sourced from sheep in the UK. Dan is a self-confessed massive fan of colour in all its permutations, and in his own words says “dyeing allows me to play around with it to my big old heart’s content.”

Andrew Kite (Kitey) from The Yarn Whisperer

The Yarn Whisperer was born in 2018. Kitey’s colourways are dyed in small, limited batches. The techniques used produce variations between hanks, but the tones and colours of individual batches are consistent throughout the batch. Kitey is currently dyeing more than 50 repeatable colourways with further colourways are already in the pipeline. Travel, food, the Universe and all manner of other stuff continues are what inspires him.

Ted Walsh from TedKnitsUk

TedKnitsUK was borne out of a love of colour and started out as an investigation and experiment into the techniques of dyeing and has turned into a steady business with a loyal following.
Ted dyes luxury yarns in his kitchen in Surrey, and focuses on nature and the changing season with some geology, mythology and science fiction thrown in for good measure.

Martyn Wait from the Knit365 blog on YouTube
Martyn is a keen knitter and crocheter and runs a blog and YouTube channel dedicated to all things woolly as he explores this awesome crafting community, with over 5.5k subscribers. Martyn will be moderating the Dye Guys panel.

If you can’t make it in person, you can join the conversation via zoom. Plus, all talks will be recorded and available to view after the festival.