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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Jana is a very impressive designer who has been getting a lot of attention the last several years. Her success stems from her knitted Escher designs, but Jana is good at many other things too.
She has been very productive recently, and this can be seen in her color experiments. Background colors that shine through, delicate gradients and strong contrasts can all be found in her patterns and coordinate beautifully with the work’s corresponding texture. So what makes more sense than to conduct a color workshop?
Jana will be giving two workshops on this topic, both two hours long. The following will be covered: color theory, color and yarn, what color suits me best. One workshop will focus on intarsia and the other on Fair Isle.
Wollfest Hamburg 2016 has to move!
The Audimax, where our first Wollfest took place, is no longer available for us to use in 2016. An inspection conducted by the city has resulted in it no longer being approved for events such as ours.
But we gave our all and, after several very stressful weeks, found a new home at the Jugendmusikschule (Youth Music School) in Hamburg, Mittelweg 42, in the direct vicinity of the university. And we are very pleased with our new location!
We have more space, a coat check, and all workshops will take place in the same location as the marketplace. We will once again have a lot of outside space to call our own, and if it should rain, much of it is protected under a roof. And those who were at Wollfest in 2014 will be glad to hear that the music school has a high-performance air conditioner.
And the best news of all: you will be able to buy even more yarn than planned, because we have lowered the admission prices!
One day costs € 9.00 and the whole weekend just € 16.00 in presale, and a day ticket will cost € 12.00 and a weekend ticket € 22.00 if purchased at the door.
We look forward to our new Wollfest home and to seeing you there in September!
These days, luxury means that one knows where things come from, how they were made, and what they consist of. Danica Mäder Jully took this to heart when putting together her assortment of yarns.
Those who want to know what this means for knitting just need to take a look – or better yet, touch – the yarns in her collection. Because one can immediately feel just how much luxury nature has to offer. And to make it a feast for the eyes too, all yarns with the Nature’s Luxury label are hand-dyed.
Qiviut, baby camel, cashmere, possum and other fine fibers can be found in the Nature’s Luxury yarns. Also included are wool from organically farmed sheep, rare sheep breeds and spinning fiber, some of which are also undyed.
Luxury can also be glittery, which is why part of the selection also includes cashmere and silk with sequins, mohair with beads and silk with lurex threads.
Those looking for sock yarn with that certain something will be sure to find it at PondeRosa. Bold, colorful, glittery, tone-in-tone, long color gradients – Victoria can do it all.
And not only with sock yarn, she also has materials such as cashmere and similar in her range, not to mention lace weight.
PondeRosa stands for color, color, color – something we just can’t get enough of. That’s why she’s joining us for the second time at Wollfest, and we are happy about that fact!
Isabell Kraemer designs wonderfully wearable clothes for day-to-day use, but they are anything other than “standard”. Her designs are popular because they’re casual, relaxed and modern, and also because they always have something special about them.
We are very pleased that the avowed stripes and top-down fan with mainly seamless designs will teach two workshops at Wollfest. Her topics, for which she is highly qualified, will be top down set-in-sleeves and short rows, and the workshops will be conducted in German.
Birgit Fuchs was already part of Wollfest Hamburg in 2014. She found it so inspiring, that she wrote a pattern for a Wollfest shawl, and she of course found all the yarn she used for it at Wollfest.
This year, she will not only have this pattern with her, but many more as well. And she will of course also be bringing her fantastic selection of yarns along: BC Garn, The Fibre Company, Hedgehog Fibres, Lotus Yarns and Noro, to name just a few.
Marion and Stefanie opened their online shop full of beautiful yarns from all over the world in 2012. Names include De Rerum Natura, Dream in Color, Geilsk, Habu, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo and The Uncommon Thread ― to name just a few.
After opening, they had their first direct meeting with the public at Wollfest Hamburg 2014. And what happened? They then went on to successfully organize Berlin’s first yarn festival, “Berlin Knits”, in 2015.
Wollfest Hamburg 2016 wouldn’t be the same without them, and we look forward to welcoming them and their fantastic selection of yarn.
Things are speeding up for us in the Wollfest team, and those planning to join us in Hamburg this year also seem to be getting a little antsy. The most frequently asked question at the time is when the presale will start, and we have some information for you today.
We will be announcing the exact date of the presale 14 days in advance on the homepage, on Ravelry and on Facebook. The shop will open together with this announcement, which doesn’t however mean that you can buy anything yet.
But what you can do on this date is open an account in our shop, because it’s required for placing your workshop or ticket order(s), and already having your account set up could make the difference between “yay, I got a workshop spot” and “boo, all sold out”.
We will of course post all information for the workshops and their time schedule before the presale starts. And we also planned to have all exhibitors announced by that time.
The excitement is growing, so it’s definitely worth keeping your eyes on our most important channels of information:
The homepage – Ravelry – Facebook
By the way, nobody has to worry about Wollfest itself being sold out. Tickets cost a little less in presale, but they can also be bought at the door. We will be more than happy to welcome any spontaneous visitors showing up that weekend. However, we do assume that many of the workshops will be sold out before September.
Susanne Walther is behind the name “Tieke”, and for years now she has been dyeing yarn and fiber, which are also suitable for felting and weaving, under the name “Lollipop Yarn”. She is known for her unerring eye for color and quality.
And Susanne has even more to offer at Wollfest: she will be bringing her knitting and crochet packages (known as “Strick Box” and “Häkel Box” accordingly), which are filled with pattern, yarn and accessories. In addition, she will have needle pouches and project bags with her that are not just skillfully sewn, they are also made from beautiful linen and cotton fabrics. Susanne selects her fabric both from internationally renowned designers and she dyes and prints many of them herself.
In the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein, in Heede to be exact, is where the “Wollkenschaf” yarns are dyed. Wollkenschaf is Heike, and she is all about yarn.
Her colorways tell stories about her environment: grey in many different shades – like the sky on a cloudy day – or blues ranging from pale to strong, green meadows and freshly plowed fields. And she also knows how to turn a gloomy day bright and colorful.
In addition to her impressive colors, Heike will also bringing her patterns and handmade stitch markers to Wollfest 2016.