When planning this year’s virtual unravel for our visitors, we knew that the virtual format would allow us to introduce makers from farther away who might not normally travel to join us in-person.. Having long admired the virtual festivals that have been run by Vogue Knitting in this last year of the pandemic and featuring similar workshops and calibre of makers to our own, we are delighted to partner with them on a cross-pond collaboration!
The Virtual Knitting LIVE! x unravel collaboration is perhaps most easily described as an exchange program for our exhibitors, as well as being a way to promote unravel to an international audience, and the same in return for VKL. Running online from 11-14 May a number of our exhibitors were featured in a special unravel day as part of the VKL virtual marketplace. As part of virtual unravel the 20-23 May we are excited to host a number of VKL exhibitors on their own special VKL day: Thursday 20 May. Here’s a quick peek at the exhibitors joining us from the “across the pond”:
Clinton Hill Cashmere is the brainchild of knitwear designer Rebecca Kevelson who after a decade in the knitting industry launched the ultimate cashmere yarn company. Their signature yarn Bespoke is a luxurious and cashmere yarn created by one of the most exclusive Italian mills. Accompanying the fabulous yarn are exclusive designs with fashion forward yet classic styling for one of a kind knitting kits.
A small yarn company based in Cape Town, South Africa, Cowgirlblues use merino wool and mohair that is mulesing-free to create their yarns. All of their yarns are hand dyed by their very capable team of 11 women who create colours that are fresh and light and reflect the local landscape and Cape Floral kingdom.
Owner Teresa LOVES processing and blending fibers, dyeing them and creating one of a kind works of art. Teresa is a mom, Army veteran, Registered Nurse, breast cancer survivor and friend and can’t wait to share her love of the fiber crafts with you.
Flying Fibers create rare breed fibers and yarns from their own flock of Wensleydale, Leicester Longwool and Shetland sheep. They also have a luxurious blend of Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn that they call their Yorkshire Medley Yarn and dye by hand in 15 colours.
Judy and Emily are two Mississippi girls obsessed with seeing colours come to live with each skein of yarn that they dye. All of their yarn is hand dyed and inspired by the stories of Greek gods and goddesses, monsters and their favourite places.
My Two Ladies Knitting have an exciting, patented adjustable knitting needle system designed to help knitters knit quicker, easier and with less pain and stress on their hands, wrists and arms. Their unique system features ergonomic needles and a one-of-a-kind, spring activated sliding stopper that can accommodate hundreds of stitches – perfect for blankets and shawls with lots of stitches.
Mother and daughter farmers Tammy and Char have created a home for 10 different breeds of sheep, angora and cashmere goats and alpacas. They create pigments from their dye gardens as well as carry natural coloured yarns in their online shop. Wing & A Prayer Farm focus on local, small businesses, growing sustainable fibers and hosting gatherings of inspiration and education on their beautiful farm in Vermont, USA.
Visitors to virtual unravel can see all of our participating VKL exhibitors on Thursday, 20th May starting from 12pm. Click here for the full schedule. Virtual unravel programming is included with all in-person tickets and workshops or can be purchased from £4. Visitors must have a ticket and be registered to participate. For more details click here.