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. We’ve seen many wool producers, makers, and enthusiasts from different regions in Australia visit us for the Canberra Wool Expo. We hope you can join us for this woolly popular event.

 

Canberra Wool Expo Gallery

The event will showcase and sell some of the highest-quality wool products available in the country. Expect to see a variety of wool demonstrations, related attraction, and workshops from industry experts. Entry is free.

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.

This page will be continually updated with more workshops, stall features, and highlights. 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

 

Crocheted w/ Love by Frances Carleton

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.

No patterns are used and every item is a one-off, never to be repeated. As such, each item is unique and has a name, just like a work of art.

Crocheted w/ Love: V-Stitch with Frances Carleton

Crocheted w/ Love: Poppy Brooch with Frances Carleton

Crocheted w/ Love: Corner2Corner (C2C) with Frances Carleton

 

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 – 1pm-3pm

 

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

 

Features

Feltfine

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.

Feltfine

 

Ditchfield Designs

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.

Ditchfield Designs

 

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.

Frank Williams Spindle Maker

 

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 percent wool and 30 percent silk, which they’ve found to create beautiful products.

North East Yarns

 

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

 

Camelot Mohair

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.

Camelot Mohair

 

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.

DESTINATION CLOTHING In Style and Valia

 

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

 

Belisa Cashmere

Using the finest Australian cashmere, the Belisa range of contemporary classics includes jumpers, cardigans, jackets, scarves and beanies.

Belisa Cashmere

 

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

 

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.