At the start of the show I mention events local to you in the UK that might help you take a learning journey too:
Highland Wool and Textiles - 17th October 2015
Wool Week- See their events calendar to find an event local to you on the week commencing 5th October 2015.
I also throw out a virtual high five to Isla of Brityarns.
To launch this month's theme of Sustain on the podcast, I wanted to share this story from a mill that went against the grain of decline in the wool industry by salvaging knitting industry machinery and creating a new product from local raw materials. In August, I traveled to visit John Arbon Textiles, located in Devon, to see with my own eyes the spinning process and hear from someone with a passion for sustainably produced yarn.
John has a rich background in textiles and developed a passion for alpaca fibre produced in the UK. Following his curiosity, John moved location to learn more and took any job in order to make his dream work. The result was a specialism in alpaca that led to his own mill. John's mill has been created from the machines salvaged when mills in the UK began to close as they were no longer sustained by the wool industry.
This is a story of passion and strong vision that really spoke deeply to me. Walking around the floor of the mill evoked a strong feeling of nostalgia for me- as a child my father used to take me to the floor where his machines were built. There was a sense of purpose, of production and incredible passion. Everywhere I looked was fibre, bobbins and beautiful machines producing yarns that were traditionally spun and could be traced to their British origins.
This is a story of a company that is part of a revival in the British Wool industry, encouraging people to understand yarn, knitwear and the animals that provide our raw materials.
"The best way to help people understand is to show them"- John Arbon
You can visit the mill and find more details here.
You can also find out more about Twool that is mentioned in the interview here.
Music provided by Noisetrade
Fly, fly, fly by Adrina Thorpe
Simple Pleasures by John Rouse and the Long Vacations