Sunday 10th September was raining, reminding us that summer was quietly slipping away. However there was plenty of enthusiasm was to be found in a big queue for the start of the Festival of Yarn in Perth, Scotland. I was there to check out the upcycling and eco innovations in the room 😊
First up was The Woolly Pedlar , someone I follow on Twitter. Sue’s upcycling is based on a patchwork design and her constructed design really stands out when you see her gloves, jumpers and shawls in real life. I was interested to hear about her new product the “coffee cosy” made from merino wool sock tops from The House of Cheviot. The coffee cosy comes in four colour ways and is available from Sue’s website at www.woollypedlar.co.uk. At £8.50 with free P&P, they would be a great Xmas gift idea 🎁
Sue is a regular blogger / on instagram/ twitter about her work and her passion for recycling. Catch up with her Tales from the Woolly Garret on her website.
Next up was a discovery of a new material via the Border Tart stall. I am sure many crafters will already have seen this already but I was delighted to see it. You can now buy reclaimed denim (a denim by- product) to use as a crafting material – loved this, along with finding off cuts of carpets dyed & again ready to be used as a crafting material and bamboo fibre 🤸♀️🤸♀️
The biggest material surprise of the day was to find the Flora Fibres stall, selling a wide range of vegan yarns – made from various fibres and some locally dyed. You can find Flora Fibres on instagram 🤸♀️🤸♀️
The last discovery to tell you about is the idea of the “thrum” – quoting from 3bagswool
Thrums are a by-product from the Scottish Weaving Mills which we re-manufacture. We are passionate about using them to create beautiful hand crafted rugs, cushions, scarfs, bags, etc
3bagswool have a great range of Thrums, including cashmere thrums, making a really soft material, great for making hot water bottle covers or scarves. You can also buy the giant knitting needles & hooks so that you use the thrums to make beautiful rag rugs.
Overall a great day with some wonderful & inspring crafters 🏆🏆