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Having come from a property where I bred large animals (llamas) and spun from their wool, this event is of great interest to me! I used to breed for the quality of the wool as well as personalities of the llamas, and I would spin the wool and then knit with it. My one regret was that I could not crochet, and this event will give me the opportunity to be able to do this.

Here, some of Australia's finest yarn and fibre producers will be in the one spot. There will also be fibre specialists and those with fantastic imagination and skill to produce articles that are to die for!

This Yarn and Fibre Festival will be held on Saturday 22nd September 2018, from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm. The venue is: The Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, corner St Georges Road & Bell Street, Preston.

At this event you can learn, shop for your favourite craft items, and meet like-minded people. There are workshops you can book yourself into, stalls you can browse over and people you could get to know and chat to.

But you will need to get in quick as all the following workshops only have limited vacancies, so if you are at all interested in any, make sure you book now.

Learn to Crochet
Learn to crochet will be taken by Melissa from Changeling Yarns.

If you are like me and just do not know where to begin with crocheting, then this workshop is just what the doctor ordered!

Melissa will have us all crocheting in no time after she teaches us the basics about this art. You will learn how to correctly hold the yarn thereby getting the right tension; you will learn several stitches that will start you on your course of crochet.

For the class, you will even learn to make a pair of fingerless gloves.

To summarise - at this course, you will learn:
Basics of crochet including how to hold yarn, and start on a project
Three crochet stitches - chain stitch, single crochet and moss stitch
How to crochet a pair of mittens

At the course, you will receive:
Yarn and a crochet hook
Notes which you can take home and continue your adventures into crochet
A pattern for the mittens

This will be on from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm
Cost $45

Exploring Colour with Heathermaid
This will be a colour theory workshop with Heathermaid

Choosing colours that match can sometimes be a challenging task. Or even choosing the "right" colours can be daunting.

If you want to change a colour, it is often difficult to work out if this colour will actually match your project. Some people are just able to do this instinctively - I am not one of these people!

With this workshop, you will be taught how to solve these problems and learn the techniques of colour theory. This could well transform your next project into a brilliantly matched article.

To summarise, you will learn:
Theory behind choosing colours, and how to use a colour wheel
About yarn swatches, and how to pick colours for a project with several colours
How to substitute colours in a project, and keep the colours looking good

At the workshop you will receive:
Two full hours of expert teaching with Heather from Heathermaid
Notes to take home with you, so that you can practise what you have learnt

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost $40

Extreme Knitting
Extreme Knitting will be using Loopy Mango Yarn, and this workshop will be taken by Lynda from The Fat Yarn Store.

Knitting with your arm (yes, no needles!) is the latest fad to hit the streets of the craft world. At this workshop, Lynda will teach you how to knit a throw using just your arms, and a giant ball of yarn!

You will use the very popular Loopy Mango Yarn and Lynda will show you how to cast on, cast off and knit your throw in just two hours!

Loopy Mango Yarn is extremely soft and is designed especially for arm knitting. It is a yarn that sells for over $250, so this is an excellent opportunity to pick up some special yarn and learn how to use it!

To summarise, you will learn:
How to cast on, cast off, and knit a blanket
How to knit without any needles or hooks - use just your arms
How to look after your extreme knitted blanket

At the workshop you will receive:
Loopy Mango Yarn to make your blanket, super soft and specially designed for arm knitting
Two hours with Lynda from The Fat Yarn Store, an expert in Extreme Knitting

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Cost $280

Basket Weaving with The Raffia Connection
Basket weaving will be taken by Janet from The Raffia Connection. This workshop is for both adults or children over 8 years of age and it is to learn the art of coiled basket weaving.

You will learn to make your own small basket and this will be fun and great for children!

You will be able to choose the colour of your choice in a raffia starter coil. You will learn how to shape your basket and get instructions for further projects. Organisers say to "beware… making coiled baskets can be addictive!"

To summarise, here you will learn:
To understand the basic stitching technique which you need to make a coiled basket
The principles of shaping a basket
To use different materials such as raffia, string, hemp and linen threads

At this workshop, you will receive:
A starter kit (includes a raffia starter coil and needle)
A variety of different materials to use during the workshop
A 10% discount card for purchases made from The Raffia Connection at the Melbourne Yarn & Fibre Festival.

10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost $85

Learn more, and get your tickets by clicking here.

If you love your knitting, crochet, spinning, felting or weaving, or if you want to learn, then this festival is right for you.
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Why? To learn various crafts
When: Saturday 22nd September, 2018
Where: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Corner St Georges Road & Bell Street, Preston, VIC, 3072
Cost: From $45 to $280
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