Canberra Wool Expo: A Celebration of Wool

Welcome to our dedicated webpage for the Canberra Wool Expo 2019! The event will be held at The Old Bus Depot Markets on both Saturday and Sunday on 18 and 19 May, 2019 from 10am to 4pm. Meet some of the best Australian wool producers, makers, and enthusiasts. Entry is free.

 

Canberra Wool Expo Gallery

The Canberra Wool Expo is home to a variety of wool experts, craftspeople, and enthusiasts who will be there to tell you their story and passion for the timeless fabric. They will showcase some of the best-quality wool products you’ll find in the country. Expect to see a vast array of luxury and specialist yarns including those that have been hand-spun and hand dyed. Tools, accessories, and clothing will also be in abundance.

Watch shearing demonstrations and learn about the process of collecting wool from the sheep. There will be four shearing demonstrations each hour from 10:30am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Take part in our makers’ workshops. We have activities that span macrame, crochet, and knitting just to name a few. This is a fantastic opportunity for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike. Spaces are limited. Sign up today!

We would be thrilled if you told others about this woolly great event! To make things easy, we’ve prepared a webpage with images for social media. See our Canberra Wool Expo Media Pack.

To stay up to date with the latest on the Canberra Wool Expo, like us on Facebook @Oldbusdepotmarkets

 

Workshops

Macrame with Annette Boyd

Annette, from Annette Boyd Art and Design, uses natural materials to create beautiful handmade Macramé sculptures, hanging pots and wall hangers – and is a casual stallholder at the Old Bus Depot Markets.

In this two and a half hour workshop, you will learn several basic macrame knots – handy for making all kinds of home decor items and accessories.

Macrame Pot Hangers with Annette Boyd – 18 May, 2019 – 10am & 1pm

 

Julie Hofer from Petlyn Fibre Products

Julie Hofer with her husband Joe, own Petlyn Fibre Products and Petlyn Park Alpacas. In 1999 they purchased their property and bought their fist girls, Pearl & Monica. It was Julie’s love of the fibre and interest in learning to process their own fleeces which took her on a search to find the appropriate tools needed. After finding it difficult to obtain combs and other fibre processing items in Australia, they embarked on an 18-month research and trial to create their own.

Wool Combing with Julie Hofer

Pin Loom Discovery with Julie Hofer

 

Fabulous Felted Flower Brooch by Creative Silk

Lynne Sanders is a permanent stallholder and has attended the Old Bus Depot Markets since its inception in 1994. She is a silk painter, machine embroiderer and has been felting for over 15 years. She is deeply passionate about the combination of fine silks with merino wool and uses them extensively in her work as well as silk  and other exotic fibres. Visit creativesilk.com.au to learn more.

Fabulous Felted Flower Brooch by Creative Silk

 

Rug Punch Embroidery by Feltfine

Feltfine specialises in selling raw materials and tools to fibre artists. They love sourcing new animal and plant fibres and colour combinations to spark creativity. This workshop will be headed by Felftfine owner Clare Thornley. Find out more about Feltfine by visiting their website www.feltfine.com.au

Rug Punch Embroidery by Feltfine

 

Wet Felt and Needle Felting with Tabandy Farm

Tabandy Farm specialises in homegrown wool and fibre for spinners, felters, weavers, textile artists and craftspeople. Their wool is grown from Licorice-all-sorts flock of rescued and pre-loved sheep, and they support Australian farmers of rare sheep breeds in the Bega Valley. 

Wet Felt: A Tabandy Nuno Felted Patterned Scarf

Needle Felting Introductory Class with Tabandy Farm

 

Learn to Knit with the Knitter’s Guild Queanbeyan

The Knitter’s Guild is a not-for-profit organisation promoting and encouraging the skills of knitting and crochet amongst its members and the wider community. The Queanbeyan group is one of the fastest-growing guild groups with members aged in their teens to their eighties.

Learn to Knit with the Knitter’s Guild Queanbeyan – 10am-12pm

 

Weaving: Woven Textile Art with Fibre Artist Julianne Ehlert-Connor

Woven Textile Art is a form of weaving which is highly textural, organic and can be intricate in design. Create a beautiful woven wall hanging with Fibre Artist Julianne Ehlert-Connor.

Weaving: Woven Textile Art with Fibre Artist Julianne Ehlert-Connor

 

 

Features

Belisa Cashmere

Belisa Cashmere began 30 years ago and they are proud to be the only company in Australia that goes from “goats to garments.” They grow the cashmere, they process it into yarn, and they’ve sold it at the Old Bus Depot Markets for 25 years.

Belisa Cashmere

 

Destination Clothing In Style and Valia

Destination Clothing in Style sports high-quality wool clothing designed for travel and with it, the flexibility of adapting to a variety of seasons and occasions. They also stock hundreds of pieces from the fashion line Valia by Valentia Verbni.

Destination Clothing In Style and Valia

 

Camelot Mohair

Camelot Mohair Company produces a wide variety of luxury natural fibre yarns that are artisan dyed in small batch dyelots. They have a commitment to produce top quality natural fibres.

Camelot Mohair

 

Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre

Blackwattle Alapaca Yarn and Fibre sells high-quality alpaca yarn with majority of their products grown and processed in NSW. Walking up to their stall, you can find raw fleece, rovings, natural alpaca yarn, and hand-dyed alpaca yarn.

Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre

 

Stall Highlights

Caroline Gleeson Knitwear

Caroline Gleeson Knitwear always enjoys coming to the Canberra Wool Expo. For 2019, they have fabulous new colours and styles from the smartest jackets, jumpers, ponchos, socks, beanies, scarves and gloves.

Caroline Gleeson Knitwear

 

Granite Haven Llamas & Gotland Sheep

Granite Haven Llamas & Gotland Sheep houses a 300-acre farm situated in the Strathbogie ranges in Victoria. Gotland sheep are rare in Australia. They are truly a triple-purpose breed providing soft long lustrous staple with natural colours from silver grey to black and all the nuances in between.

Granite Haven Llamas & Gotland Sheep

 

Lindner Quality Socks

There’s a lot that can be said about the Lindner story originating from 1920’s Germany and continuing through today. Simply put, Lindner knows socks.

Lindner Quality Socks

 

Adagio Mills

Adagio Mills is the dream of Andrew and Nadine Hulme that has become a reality. All their yarns are proudly made in Orange, NSW and they strongly believe that Australian manufacturing can be sustainable.

Adagio Mills

 

EKnits Studio

EKnits Studio makes stunning, one-of-a-kind handmade scarves in a range of styles and colours.

EKnits Studio

 

Yarn Barn

Yarn Barn are Australian manufacturers & retailers of merino and exotic hand-knitting yarn and fibres.

Yarn Barn

 

Baa Boots

This stall trades Australian-made Ugg boots (3 lengths), sheepskin slippers, scuffsoad, moccasins to size 14. A full range of children’s slippers. Boots, booties and moccasins are available.

Baa Boots

 

Nullarbor Nights Knitwear

Nullarbor Nights was established in 1991. All Nullarbor Nights Clothing and Accessories are hand- crafted in the Canberra region, the wool and silk products are hand-dyed in the glorious colors of the Australian landscape.

Nullarbor Nights Knitwear

 

3R’s Knitting

Bron Matheson of 3R’s Knitting is always up for a bit of knitting natter and we’re excited to have her. Drop by her stall for a quick chat and to have a feel of her handmade scarves and shawls at the Canberra Wool Expo.

3R’s Knitting

 

Opal Merino

Opal Merino features handmade merino clothing designed locally in Australia by Pavarn Bhardwaj, Designer and Director of Opal Merino. They endeavour to source eco-friendly dyes and incorporate handcrafted methods of production that are environmentally conscious with next to no carbon footprint.

Opal Merino

 

We’ll continue to update this page regularly as we get in touch with stalls and learn more information. Remember to like us on Facebook @Oldbusdepotmarkets to stay in the loop of all the latest updates.

 
*Participating stalls may be subject to change.