Wooltown aims to become the premier yarn and fibre festival for East Anglia. Held over 2 days at Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich, we will host vendors from all over the country. Organised by a team of enthusiastic fibre fans we will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Trinity Park is the home of the Suffolk Show and many other events all year round. It is easily accessible via the A14 and has ample parking. The show will be all on one level, providing excellent accessibility for less mobile visitors and those using wheelchairs.
Meet the Team
I studied graphic design at Suffolk College and since then I have been making and selling my own work for almost 30 years! I knitted squares for charity blankets when I was in the Brownies and in the 80s I knitted my first sweater aged 12 on one large needle and one small needle! In 2006 after a 2 hour lesson I bought my first spinning wheel. Colour has always been my biggest passion and I was soon mixing dyes and painting my own custom blended fibres. I opened my Etsy shop limegreenjelly in 2007. After a trip to Woolfest as a vendor in 2009, I was inspired to start weaving and bought my first loom. I’m very excited to be a part of the Wooltown team and I truly believe that this area is long overdue a fibre festival!
I am the owner of Jenny Wren’s Yarns in Ipswich. Jenny Wren’s opened in March 2012 with the aim of stocking beautiful colourful yarns to inspire fellow knitters and crocheters. We have grown over the last 5 and a half years into much larger premises, holding twice weekly knit groups and a full programme of classes. We even won Best Independent Yarn Store in the South East in the 2016 British Knitting Awards! I’ve been knitting for over a decade and I love to learn new things and take on new challenges. I love to knit garments and socks and have also knitted lots of toys for my 3 boys.
I’m an independent knit and textile designer working from my studio in Colchester, close to the Essex estuaries and coastal salt marshes – the faded colours and rich textures have found their way into the Ebb and flow collection of knit and crochet patterns.
After gaining a degree in textiles I designed in-house with a yarn company and now work with yarn spinners and fibre producers, hand knit magazines and book publishers.
I design my own range of hand knit patterns, sold through Ravelry and Love Knitting, in which I’m inspired by patterns, textures, colours, new yarns, unusual knitting techniques and interesting garment constructions.
As a lover of wool and all things textile-related, I’m excited to be involved in this project to bring a major yarn show to the east of England – the heart of the wool industry in the middle ages.
Emily Teague (emstert on Ravelry)
My knitting journey is an ongoing and very portable feast. Favourite projects are socks (train journeys and lunch hour knitting), and I do have a thing for cardigans. In recent years I have been able to significantly improve my skills with the help of the growing online knitting community and have been particularly taken with top-down seamless sweater construction (and hand dyed yarns, but that’s another story…). By day I am a personal assistant to 2 professors at the University of Suffolk, and by night a passionate crafter; with 20+ years experience in events planning and management I feel excited to be involved with Wooltown as it has been a long cherished wish of mine to see a quality Fibre Arts show held in Suffolk.