The presale for admission tickets will be coming to a close on August 10th, and after that date it will only be possible to buy them at the door. We ask that those choosing to pay by bank transfer do so by August 15th. Any ticket orders that are unpaid after this date will be cancelled.
There are still a few free spots in some of the workshops. Take the opportunity to learn something from some of the most skilled people in the yarn industry – you won’t regret it! Workshops can still be booked online until August 31st. However, they also need to be paid by this date, so only Paypal payments will be possible as of August 29th.
And for those who already have an admission ticket: workshops include the price of admission, but if you’ve already got a ticket, no worries. Just let us know your order or invoice number and we will refund the price of admission.
The Little Grey Sheep can be found on a small family farm on the Surrey Hampshire borders. Nestled amongst the rolling countryside, they dedicate themselves to conserving nature by farming as traditionally as possible.
The sheep are an integral part of the company’s conservation plan, through managed grazing and reversion of agricultural land to traditional pastures.
With Emma’s love of textiles it was only time before they began producing unique quality knitting and weaving yarns. The yarns are produced from their own wool, sheared by Susie, washed in Yorkshire and hand-dyed on the farm by Emma.
After opening, the yarn shop mylys quickly became a Hamburg institution. Naima Hakim was the first LYS owner in the city to not carry the biggest brands and to fully concentrate on a very special yarn range.
Brands such as Malabrigo, Cascade and Schoppel, to name just a few, could previously not be found anywhere in Hamburg. The extremely high-quality yarn range, combined with a concept to make customers feel at home in the shop or café, was embraced enthusiastically by everyone.
Naima (who is one of the Wollfest organizers) will be bringing some of what she offers in her shop to Wollfest: Jamieson, Madelinetosh, Quince & Co., Hedgehog Fiber, De Rerum Natura, ITO, Schoppel, HiyaHiya and other goodies that can be found at mylys (see website).
Sheep and Gotland have always belonged together. Catrin Porsiel from Verlockend has the advantage of living there and being constantly surrounded by wooly splendor. She will be bringing 1 and 2-ply yarns, both in natural hues and colorfully hand-dyed.
Hand-knitted shawls and sheepskin accessories round off her Wollfest offerings.
The colorways that Tina Degenkolb captures on fibers and yarns are truly magical.
The focus of what she offers is placed on spinning fibers in beautiful color constellations. And the special mixtures of her fibers are also worth noting: Polwarth wool is combined with silk, and Bluefaced Leicester with llama. Bamboo joins forces with faux cashmere and rose fiber – completely vegan! But Tina of course also has pure fibers such as Corridale and merino.
Tina is a spinner as well, so she will also be bringing hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns with her to Wollfest.
The dream of gently dyed yarn in a color range spanning from subtle to bright, but only using natural materials – Elke Schröter has turned it into reality.
Elke has busied herself with textiles and dying techniques even before she studied textile design in London and Berlin. The knowledge she gained makes it possible for her to pay close attention to how she handles resources. She purchases her yarns mainly from English mills, and she dyes them at her home in Berlin with natural substances, many of which she gathers herself, for example onion peels, goldenrod and walnut shells.
The yarn she has on offer is limited to wool from just a few sheep breeds. This has allowed her to use her scientific interest to learn all about the wool from these sheep, how they can best be dyed and which dyes to use. The colorful results can be seen at Wollfest Hamburg and definitely speak for themselves.
If you think of your last Mediterranean vacation when you see Susanne Grashoff’s hand-dyed natural yarns, you have hit the nail on the head. The colors of Mallorca, where she lives part of the time, are her most important source of inspiration. She creates the warm color hues for her yarn while on the island.
Susanne places particular importance on the quality of the yarn, ethical treatment of the animals and the dying process, which is not to put unnecessary strain on the delicate yarn. She only works with high-quality, purely natural yarns with no added acrylic. Only when these conditions are met does the yarn have a chance of being added to her range.
The ones that have made it are merino, silk, alpaca, camel, cotton, linen, cashmere and various mixtures of these wonderful fibers. They are kettle-dyed in small quantities by hand.
Bärbel Salet likes things colorful.
Beautiful colorful coats, jackets, tunics, loops and huge shawls to wrap yourself up in are created by her skillful hands using the Fair Isle technique. She uses wool from around the world for her works.
Her suppliers include renowned brands such as Jamiesons of Shetland and Harrisville. But she also orders her yarns from suppliers that are not quite as well known, from Denmark, Iceland, England and Latvia, for example. The most important thing is that the quality is good.
You won’t just be able to admire what she does at Wollfest, you will also be able to make her creations yourself using the original yarn. Bärbel will have the patterns and the materials put together as kits for you. This means that she will be bringing many of the 260 colors that she uses for her patterns with her in September.
The order number (Bestellnummer in German) is what is needed to get into Wollfest in September.
Please bring your order confirmation (Bestellbestätigung in German) with you – as a mail on your mobile phone or printed out. We will use this number to find you quickly in our lists, and you will promptly be given an armband for the event. Depending on what kind of ticket you have, it will either be a day armband or a weekend armband.
This armband gives you access to all Wollfest areas, and you can come and go as you please. Do some shopping at the marketplace and then drop your purchases off at your hotel, or take a walk along the Alster, or find the nearest cash point for even more purchases. ;-)
By the way, you can see if all is well with your order by checking your customer account on our website. Once your payment has been received and your order has been processed, your order status will be “completed” (“Fertiggestellt” in German).
Petra Orrbeck from Gothenburg, Sweden is a brand new addition to our list of yarn exhibitors.
She will mainly be bringing her own yarn in beautiful, clear colors to the marketplace. She buys her yarns from various European sources, often directly from the mill, and has some of them dyed in Sweden.
Petra also has two yarns from Marita Rolin, who sources them from Japan and China, in her product range. And to round things off, she will also have buttons, bands and hand-sewn project bags available at Wollfest.
The presale for Wollfest started off without a hitch. And we’d like to thank you for that. Since many of you waited for a while to start buying tickets as we requested, there was enough server capacity for the people interested in booking a workshop.
And you were fast, too! The first workshops were sold out in the first half hour.
But don’t despair if you didn’t get a spot in the workshop of your choice. As in 2014, there will be a waiting list. Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to have yourself put on the waiting list for the workshop you missed out on. Along with the name and time of the workshop, please also include your mobile phone number.
We would also like to have the mobile phone number of those who successfully signed up for a workshop. This is for the sole purpose of being able to reach you at short notice in case something comes up or we have an urgent question.
And if you ordered workshop spots for others, please send us their names along with your order number. For this you should also use the email@example.com address.
Thanks again and do check in on the workshops. Not all of them are sold out yet, and there are some fascinating and educational classes being held.
The run on workshops starts tomorrow, Wednesday May 25th, at 8:00 pm Central European Time. When the shop opened for Wollfest 2014, our server had a hard time handling all the traffic, and some people had problems. We would like to avoid that this time around.
We have asked our provider to make sure that the server can handle the extra traffic, but it still might be a problem.
We are therefore asking a favor of you: if you only want to buy admission tickets to Wollfest (and no workshops), please wait a while until the first run is past. We promise you that the tickets will not be sold out!
In other words, let the people who want to book workshops go first.
Thank you very much for your understanding and fairness.
And keep in mind: All workshops already include admission to Wollfest!!!
The big day will be here in exactly two weeks: on May 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm, the presale for tickets and all workshops will begin for Wollfest Hamburg 2016.
Presale admission tickets will cost EUR 9.00 for one day and EUR 16.00 for the whole weekend. Admission will cost EUR 12.00 and EUR 22.00 respectively at the door.
On the “Workshops” tab you can now see which classes will be taking place on what day and time, what their exact topic is and how much they cost. You will also find an overview of all workshops there. There is a downloadable PDF for each course containing all the information you need.
We expect some workshops to sell out quickly on May 25th when the shop is opened. We therefore recommend that you set up your account under “Shop” well in advance. Without an account you will not be able to order tickets or book a workshop.
The workshops cost between EUR 25.00 and EUR 53.00. This price includes admission to Wollfest on the corresponding day!
Those booking two or more workshops will be given admission to Wollfest for the entire weekend, regardless of what day the workshops take place. This admission is only for the workshop participant and cannot be transferred to others. We also ask for your understanding that we cannot make any other transfers, refunds or changes to the admission tickets.
Enjoy browsing the workshops!
Susan Crawford lives on a small hill farm in Lancashire, UK with her own small flock of sheep. She has been a knitwear/fashion designer and author for many years as well as teaching knitting and crochet and lecturing in fashion and fashion history, which is her particular interest. She gains much of her inspiration by looking back and interpreting these ideas for today.
Susan is the co-author of A Stitch in Time, Vintage Knitting & Crochet Patterns, volumes 1 and 2, as well as two other titles, Vintage Gifts to Knit and Coronation Knits. Her designs and articles have been featured in the likes of The Knitter, Knitting, Yarn Forward, knitonthenet, Knitty and Selvedge.
She is currently working on the ambitious ‘Vintage Shetland Project’, investigating hand knitted garments in the Shetland Museum Archive, re-interpreting and creating patterns from them, and accompanying them with extensive research and stories.
Susan has also developed her own yarn ranges using British wool and is currently working on further yarns utilising the fleece from her own sheep.
We are proud to announce that Susan will be giving a workshop on Shetland Lace (3 hours) as well as a lecture on the vintage Shetland project (2 hours) at Wollfest.
Justyna Lorkowska, known by knitters under the name of “Lete’s Knits”, is a mother, former teacher and knitwear fanatic. She learned her first stitches from her mother when she was a teenager, but gave up knitting afterwards. Having her first baby brought back her passion with great impact, and she also started designing knitwear for adults and children.
Justyna loves designing sweaters and accessories. Her true passion is for unique garments that catch the eye with their intricate details and beautiful finishing. And if they can be seamless that’s even better.
She lives with her husband, two kids and two cats in Poland.
Justyna will be giving two of her popular 3-hour workshops at Wollfest (in English): Eastern Uncrossed Knitting, and Working with Cables and Textures.
At Wollfest 2014, Hilke was part of the SandnesGarn stand. This year, she will be bringing SandesGarn with her.
Along with lots of different SandnesGarn qualities, Hilke will be bringing wonderful yarns from Erika Knight, the Fibre Company and ggh, all of which she presents according to color in her shop in Hamburg.
The one exception to this rule: the Erika Knight yarns. “The color scheme is so subtle that the colors should not be separated.” We look forward to seeing how she’ll display her treasures at Wollfest.
S Twist Wool, an indie yarn company that focuses mainly on Irish wool, was founded in Dublin in 2014. All of the fleece for the S Twist ranges have been collected from small farms around Ireland. A special, natural method to clean and scour the wool is used, with no harsh chemicals or detergents. After carding, the sock weight yarn is spun by a mill, while the DK yarn is hand spun on site in Dublin.
The grey overdye range is a rich, lustrous collection of six intense shades. These are repeatable colourways of colours overdyed on grey mountain fleece, and S Twist also offers repeatable colourways for their white mountain fleece.
Dyer’s Choice are all one-off dyed skeins. These unique skeins have proven to be very popular with the customers.
Celtic Colours is an exciting addition to S Twist’s range of Irish wools. The fleece is not Irish in origin and is not prepared on site, but is hand-dyed by S Twist in Tipperary.
Kerstin’s color gradients are known for their high-quality materials such as cashmere, silk, extra-fine merino and long-staple cotton. Her trademark is long gradients in either subtle or cheerfully bright color combinations.
Her product range is rounded off with kid mohair, silk and linen, along with artistic shawl pins made from white bronze or white brass and often decorated with semi-precious stones.
Many of you will know of Marjan Hammink, aka Yarnissima, through her patterns, which have been published by Knitty, Twist Collective, The Knitter magazine and in the book “Knitting Architecture”, amongst others. She is also a familiar name to fans of Wollmeise yarn, due to the kits she had available for many years through her webshop. But what not everyone knows is that she’s also an experienced teacher who regularly shares her knowledge with others in workshops.
We’re very pleased that she’ll be taking part in Wollfest Hamburg once again, and we have an excellent selection of her workshops to offer.
Marjan will be giving 4 workshops in German: Fair Isle (3 hours), Steeks (3 hours), Advanced Lace (3 hours) and Granny Squares (1.5 hours, a beginner’s-level crochet class). And in her free time between workshops, she’ll also be giving several short “mini workshop” in the marketplace – free of charge for those who are interested, and on various interesting topics which we will be announcing later.
When a whole family gets together to start a company, it can be a very good thing. dibadu is proof of this.
Barbara, the creative head of the family, is actually a musician and knows all about sounds and harmonies. And that’s exactly what one sees when looking at these wonderful colorways – harmony.
The dibadu family will be taking part in Wollfest for the second time, and bringing yarns in various qualities, spinning fiber and their own patterns with them.
Hilke is in her element when the topic is weaving, and the craft is far more than just a hobby to her. And it would be hard to find a weaving technique that she hasn’t at least tried.
At least year’s Wollfest, Hilke brought along an impressive display of silkworms and the barely visible silk threads that she spooled from the cocoons. And her work on a historic sock knitting machine made quite an impression on many in the marketplace.
We asked Hilke to prepare a workshop this year on the topic of weaving. We’re pleased to announce that she said yes, and she will be teaching a class on band-weaving with a rigid heddle this year at Wollfest. The workshop will be held in German.
Dörte Dietrich’s WollWerkstatt is an institution in Germany, and not just for knitters in Kiel. Her shop is especially well known to anyone who appreciates Scandinavian knitwear design.
“Works of art that grow stitch by stich are a perfect counterpart to our hectic day-to-day lives,” says Dörte, describing the idea that she associates with the WollWerkstatt. And this idea requires top-quality material.
Isager, Geilsk, Hanne Falkenberg, Annette Danielsen and Hobbywool from Latvia can be found as both kits and yarns at Dörte’s shop. She also offers Filcolana, BC-Garn, Karen Noe, Ullcentrum Öland, Mohair by Canard and various other renowned brands.
We are pleased to have Dörte join us with her fantastic range of yarns!
She doesn’t just have an infectious laugh, she’s also able to “infect” people with her passion for spinning.
She has been practicing this craft for many years with great skill and enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge in courses as well as via videos on YouTube. She has also published a (German) book with the title “Spinn, Spindel, Spinn”.
Chanti already taught several workshops at the last Wollfest, and her marketplace activities were one of the more popular attractions. We are very pleased that she will be joining us against this year, with both her beautiful smile and two workshops. Her topics are “Spin YOUR yarn” and “Spin colors” and both workshops will be held in German.
Italy is not normally the first country you think of when hearing the term “hand-dyed yarn”, which makes SnailYarn from Ariccia, a southeastern suburb of Rome, even more interesting.
Valentina officially opened her SnailYarn shop in August 2014. Her colorways are both highly variegated as well as subtly variegated, and she loves stripes so much that she creates a lot of tonal and semisolid skeins which can be mixed together for colorful projects. All her yarns are kettle-dyed in small quantities, usually 5 skeins per batch.
Valentina cares about high quality as well as the environment and the animals who provide the fiber. She uses merino from South American or Falkland, Bluefaced Leicester bred in the UK and other high-quality fibers specifically spun for hand-knitting.
Come and see for yourself at Wollfest Hamburg, where Valentina will be exhibiting her beautiful range of yarn.
Imagination is the secret behind her wonderful colorways. Ute envisions the finished product and then decides how the right yarn can be dyed. Sometimes it’s multicolored, sometimes semi-solid, sometimes wildly colorful.
For her, special color themes that offer the possibility of combining different yarns are important. And it’s always interesting to see what her customers end up making with it.
The small batches that Ute dyes are dominated by fine mixtures of alpaca, silk and cashmere as well as merino and silk. She purchases the yarn from England and South America. In the process, she ensures that the animals are treated well, so that she and her customers can use this beautiful yarn with a clear conscience.