Artwork by Aleks Byrd.

Unravel… a festival of yarn returns to celebrate yarn and making in 2020 with a show that’s bigger than ever before. Unravel kicks off the UK
yarn show calendar with yarn lovers making the trek to Farnham Maltings from across the country and around the world.

This year unravel is literally bursting at the seams with an expanded marketplace and workshop programme. Over 85 talented makers from across the UK and Europe have been invited to exhibit and an international line up of designers will share their expertise in over 20 workshops held over the three days of the festival. A talk series is sponsored by British yarn company Garthenor Organic.


“Unravel is a magical festival and we’re thrilled to share a love of yarn with the community of knitters, crocheters and fibre enthusiasts who join us every year. It’s always wonderful to see how people delight in craft and how that joy is shared between makers, exhibitors, designer teachers, and our guest speakers.”

said Allison Thistlewood, Events Coordinator, Craft and unravel organiser.


Now in its 12th year, the unravel marketplace will feature more exhibitors than ever before. New in 2020 is the Indie Maker Market – a mini-market within the larger marketplace – shining a light on emerging and smaller producer makers, many of whom will be exhibiting at Unravel for the first time. New makers to discover include London local dyers The Urban Purl and TedKnitsUK, recently relocated from Canada yarn dyer Emilia & Philomene, and crochet kits and wares from The Crochet Chain and The Crochet Craft Co., among others.

The upcoming festival was curated with the help of Jeanette Sloan and Lorna Hamilton-Brown from BIPOC in Fiber and includes a diverse and international line-up of exhibitors including Qing Fibre and Third Vault Yarns from London, Countess Ablaze from Manchester, Cross & Woods from the Netherlands, Rauwerk and Ovis et cetera from Germany, Irish Artisan Yarns from Ireland, and Uist Wool and Woolly Originals from Scotland, as well as exhibitors from all over the UK.


The expanded workshop programme in 2020 features an exciting range of knitting and crochet classes from expert tutors including Susanne Sommer, Mieka John, Dedri Uys, Erika Knight, Aleks Byrd, Sylvia Watts-Cherry, Jeanette Sloan, Maxim Cyr and Vincent Deslandes, alongside festival regulars Renée Callahan, Kate Atherley and Karie Westermann.

Two professional development workshops on marketing and pricing aimed at makers are planned for Monday 24 February following the festival and will be led by Lyndsey Blackwood of Countess Ablaze and Carmen
Schmidt of A Yarn Story.

Visitors to Unravel can take a break with their projects and retreat to the Inner Yarn Sanctum where the line-up of talks will cover everything from mending to getting published as a designer, modern men’s knitting,
and overcoming adversity through craft. British yarn company Garthenor Organic are sponsoring unravel’s talk series. This space will also be a cosy place for visitors to relax with their projects and meet other like-minded makers during the festival.

From 02 December advance tickets to unravel will be on sale and workshop registration will open on the Farnham Maltings website. Workshop tickets include same-day entry.

You can find everything you need about this festival here.

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