Fibre and yarn fest returns

Event organiser Nelly Radeva (Damjan Janevski) 407877_07

The All About Fibre and Yarn Festival will weave its way into Lancefield for its second year of celebrating Australian wool and natural fibres.

Coming to the Lancefield Mechanics’ Institute on Sunday, June 9, the festival showcases about 12–15 large stalls that will connect local producers with crafters and those interested in knitting, crochet, felt making, weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

The festival had its first run last year, which organiser Nelly Radeva said was “very successful”.

“[We] had a very good reaction … honestly, we didn’t expect so many people coming. Everybody was so friendly … and everyone was going around and buying from most of us,” she said.

“We had people coming from Melbourne, from Ballarat, from all the Macedon Ranges area, the Mitchell Shire, Castlemaine, Bendigo.”

Ms Radeva described the festival as a “family event”, where last year there were many grandparents who brought their grandchildren to knit with them.

The event has a strong focus on Australian-produced materials, such as sheep, alpaca, and angora fleeces and yarns.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their unfinished knitting or crocheting projects, as there will be an area for working and seeking help from expert crafters.

The Lancefield event will run from 10am to 2.30pm and entry is $2, which will be donated to Kilmore District Health.

Running its first event in Birregurra in April, the festival will be held in a total of eight locations this year, including Romsey on Sunday, September 15.


Oscar Parry