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, there is also a programme of free to attend talks and demonstrations, kindly sponsored by Garthenor Organic.
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 New Wenham room.
Natural Dyeing Demonstration with Liz Baltesz
Fri 23 February, 11am-12pm
Liz Baltesz will walk us through each step of the natural dyeing process. There will be a long table in the middle of the room, set up to demonstrate each stage as follows...
How to prepare a skein for dyeing
Extracting dye from onion skins
Dyeing with onion skins in a slow cooker
Shifting colours with modifiers
Liz will also have lots of projects made using natural dyes to admire.
The process of Knitwear Design with Kemi Ajose
Sat 24 February, 11am – 12pm
Kemi is a knitwear designer based in South East London, recently graduating from Central Saint Martins. She creates work that tells a story, narrating the significance between material, culture and craft. Taking inspiration from the process of traditional West African Textiles and translating it into contemporary knitwear, resulting in a zero-waste production at her inhouse studio at Cockpit Arts. Kemi will explain her journey into textiles and how she approaches the design process alongside what she is currently working on.
'Shaping Knitting' with Alison Ellen
Sat 24 February, 2-3pm
Alison has run a small business designing and producing hand knits since the 1980s with the help of knitters in the UK, dyeing her own yarns to produce a rich range of colours, and with an individual approach to designing through structure and stitches for shaping.
Originally training in textiles at UCA Farnham, she thinks of knitting as a way of making a fabric and building a seamless garment, and enjoys the challenge of creating pieces that will suit different people and be a joy to wear, bearing in mind we are all different!
She draws inspiration for colour, texture and pattern from her love of garden and landscape, buildings and natural materials.
She shares her ideas in the UK and abroad through exhibitions, lectures, teaching and her books, encouraging people to experiment with knitting and have confidence in exploring and designing.
'The Scrappy Jumper' with Esme Rose
Sat 24 February, 2-3pm
This free drop-in session will involve, a guide on how to make a scrappy pull over sweater, using basic crochet stitches and the magic knot method of connecting yarn. Esme Rose, is a multi disciplinary artist and UCA digital art graduate who’s practice led her to primarily work in textiles. Using both knit and crochet to create free form garments focusing on how we can use different weights and types of yarn to create different textural pieces, also exploring how we can make sure we use all our leftover yarn to prevent waste and create a new garment out of what would have been ‘waste’.
'An introduction and overview to Fibreshed' with Isabella Goggin
Sun 25 February, 11am-12pm
This talk will explore the founding principles of Fibreshed and it’s development. Looking at the concept of soil to soil textiles and the steps being taken to work towards creating regional regenerative textile systems. It will explore farming for fibre and dye; the obstacles and opportunities we face in building localised textile economies.
Isabella initially worked in costume for film and as a seamstress/designer in bespoke womenswear, the search for solutions to the intrinsic issues in the textile industry then led Isabella to natural dye, social enterprise and most recently, regenerative farming. Isabella works across disparate parts of the industry to break the illusion that we in fashion and textiles exist in an isolated sector; recognising that we are interdependent and that we therefore need integrated, holistic thinking to find equitable and balanced systems. Isabella works freelance in the regenerative farming and textiles sector, including work for South East England Fibreshed.