Canberra Wool Expo: A Celebration of Wool
Canberra Wool Expo: A Celebration of Wool spans both Saturday and Sunday this 19-20 May, 2018 from 10am – 4pm. The event will showcase and sell some of the highest-quality wool products available in the country. A variety of demonstrations and wool workshops are available as well. Entry is free.
The link below shows a list of our wool stallholders during the event. Take note that many more stallholders of varying specialties will be at the event including our cherished regulars.
The weekend will feature producers and sellers from far and wide along with many beloved regulars to the market. 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.
A number of conducive workshops are lined up taught by some of the best textile experts in the region. This is a fantastic opportunity for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike as a variety of creative projects are on offer. Macrame, crocheting and knitting are only a few of the activities in store for the two-day event. Spaces are limited. Sign up today!
Whether you know your way around a needle’s eye or are looking to try something new, there’s plenty for everyone to see and do. The event will host a petting zoo, a chance to take a photo with an alpaca, shearing demonstrations, spinning demonstrations, and some of Australia’s best-quality wool.
This page will continually be updated so stay tuned for more stallholder highlights where we give you a preview of what to expect from select stalls on our big two-day event. We’ll also be placing features that will give you an insight about the participating stalls and their experiences so far. Like us on Facebook @Oldbusdepotmarkets to stay in the loop of the latest updates.
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.
Crochet w/ Love
Frances from Crocheted w/Love creates a unique range of hand crocheted items, made from only premium natural fibres, such as wool, merino, yak, alpaca, cashmere, cotton, and llama down.
In this two hour crochet workshop, you’ll be provided with everything you need to start crocheting a 100% natural fibre scarf, just in time for winter.
Wool Combing with Julie Hofer
Julie Hofer with her husband Joe, own Petlyn Fibre Products and Petlyn Park Alpacas. 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.
Learn to Knit with Amy Myers
Amy Myers creates high quality, meticulously finished heirloom knitted items for babies. Her knits are mostly made from 100% Australian Merino Wool with the addition of other natural fibres when needed.
Knit Cables with Susan McMullen from BellaDonna Hand Knits
Susan knits professionally and has worked with some of the top designers in Australia and the US including Anna Zilboorg, Nicky Epstein, and Myra Wood. She aims to share her techniques and to inspire others while catering to each individual’s level of expertise.
Waste Knot, Want Knot: Using crochet to reclaim fabric
Kristen from The Granny Square Conspiracy will teach you how to turn worn-out and unwanted denim into something new, useful and beautiful using just a few simple crochet stitches.
Needle Felting and a Winter Country Hat from 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.
A Taste of Weaving with Elizabeth Calnan
Liz from Elizabeth Calnan Textiles has been weaving and teaching for 35 years. She makes an effort to weave everyday and enjoys inspiring new weavers. Participants will have the chance to put a warp on their loom, thread, sley, tie it on, then weave a small piece.
Owner Clare Thornley gladly extended the business’ reach while still keeping in touch with local textile enthusiasts. With a strong following from across Australia, Feltfine upgraded their social media to boost their influence in places like New Zealand, Europe, and Japan.
Jan Ditchfield began her business 20 years ago determined to create original works of art by painting on an All-Australian product. With beautiful mixes and patterns, each piece is one of a kind.
Frank Williams Spindle Maker
Frank Williams is a retired carpenter turned spindle maker through his passion of woodwork. He now spends his retirement catering to orders for spindles from overseas.
North East Yarns
North East Yarns specialises in Corriedale sheep. They provide a diverse range of products from raw fibre to the things that will keep you warm in winter. They will be bringing back “ghost gum”, 70% wool and 30% silk, which they’ve found to create beautiful products.
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.
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.
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.
EKnits Studio makes stunning, one-of-a-kind handmade scarves in a range of styles and colours.
Yarn Barn are Australian manufacturers & retailers of merino and exotic hand-knitting yarn and fibres.
Camelot was established since the 1970s, breeding Angora goats which produced superfine luxury kid mohair. They are now selling their sought-after yarns previously exclusive to their designer pieces.
DESTINATION CLOTHING In Style
The DESTINATION CLOTHING In Style labels are a wardrobe essential for the busy women, built upon versatility, where the woman has the power to create her own individuality with a range of separates designs to be layered.
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.
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.
Using the finest Australian cashmere, the Belisa range of contemporary classics includes jumpers, cardigans, jackets, scarves and beanies.
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.
We’ll continue to update this page regularly as we get in touch with stallholders and learn more information. Remember to like us on Facebook @Oldbusdepotmarkets to stay in the loop of all the latest updates.