Quality and Passion!!

THE EXHIBITORS

AT THE VIENNA WOOL & DESIGN FESTIVAL 2018

At the “Vienna Wool & Design Festival” the highest quality of yarn is represented – from Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. You will find not only large yarn manufacturers but also many indie designers with their hand dyed yarns. A large assortment of high quality wool in many thicknesses and colours awaits you! In addition there will be design at the festival – with finished products made from wool, felt designs, bags, haberdashery and more.

Alja Venturini, SLOVENIA

She lives in Ljubljana and makes various products from wool and silk – bags, slippers, hats, jewellery, felting onto silk and see through scarves. Her products are known to be brightly coloured, she finds her ideas for her motives mostly from nature. As an active member of the cultural society “Sredina” she holds various classes and passes on her knowledge to young and old.

Alles Alpaka, AUSTRIA

This small alpaca company has been run for 12 years with a lot of love. They use their own wool to create high quality products such as knitting wool, hand knitted things, shoe inlays, bedding, etc. “Fleece of the gods” is highly sought after due to its softness and temperature / moisture regulation. Alpaca wool is dyed with the use of plants.

Barabara Lehrmayer, AUSTRIA

Barbara Lehrmayer Konopasek is a freelance artist, gold smith and jewellery designer who was born in the Austrian region of Steiermark (Styria) and she grew up in South America. She works with exceptional materials such as manibles of a ray, carved tagua nuts and with combinations of silver and gold. Sugar Bags is a design by Barbara Lehrmayer. Bags made of out canvas bags in individual designs – each mage is unique.

BISCOTTE YARNS, CANADA

In Year 2007 everything started with Harry Potter, Gryffindor scarf and lack of appropriate wool. Today, Biscotte Yarns specializes in hand-dyed yarns, particularly in self-striping colourways. They love to play with colors and natural fibers: merino wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca & silk... own knitting patterns are created as well.

Dieroff, AUSTRIA

The Dieroff Company was established in 1888 and has been handling natural materials of all variations. Meanwhile they have also acquired all that is needed for processing of wool by hand. Wool enthusiasts can find anything from the New Zealand Company Ashford to brands such as Ferner or Kinit-Pro – and will not be disappointed.

Doris Breuer, AUSTRIA

Felting art for body and room. In her clothing, pictures and sculpture she combines silk with sheep wool using various fibres, painting and print. She lives and works in a community with many families in an old farmhouse in Hirschbach. In her Studio she develops many wearable, freely formed objects and pictures. To her felting means the combining of the old handicraft and new experimental shapes.

Flotte Nadel, AUSTRIA

At the beginning, there was the fascination with colour and the combinations which were possible of wool and yarns. What affect do the colours have no matter how crazy. The quality of the wool (mostly Ateilier Zitron) is very important. Silk, merino, yak and alpaca are used as yarns for socks or clothing – everything is colourful. Individual customer requests are also made, and any requests are happily taken on. Haberdashery from Knitpro and Addi are also in their assortment.

Kade, Germany

Kade runs with the plant dye factory with a lot of passion without any heavy metals. Most of the plants she uses for dyes she grows herself or collects in her region. She dyes using old recipes but she has also created some of her own. She works mostly with yarn qualities from Atelier ZItron, Seehawer & Siebert and Ferner wool. Her creations are made with up to six different mixtures making them not reproducible – true unique creations. She will bring self-made hand-twisted yarn bowls made of exotic and local woods too.

Lalland Di Gilpin, UNITED KINGDOM

Internationa known designer Di Gilpin is the person behind the label Lalland. Now based in a village near St Andrews, in Fife, her studio is a restored stone bothy. Its walls are lined with shelves of cashmere, cotton and linen threads, baskets of Scottish lambswool and rails of exquisitely knitted garments. With Production Manager Sheila Greenwell, she have recruited 90 highly-skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. There is a core specialist team, who live within a 15-mile radius, to create the one-off pieces and special commissions desired by private clients, fashion designers and the catwalk.

Lindwurm, Germany

With their selection is Lindwurm one of the biggest specialized stores in south west of Germany. With their online shop frederikesnaehschule.de they are distributing variety of fabric and products. Above all they provide a range of Tilda-Fabrics, haberdashery, Patchwork fabrics and handicraft material, embroidery, crochet yarn and buttons.

Maggie P, AUSTRIA

Side by side with the daughter, wool dreams are created for all conceivable projects in their small manufactory. The current range consists primarily of Merino and cotton/polyacrylic windings. Well over 100 different grades are offered; new colour combinations are on the way.

Maschenwerk, AUSTRIA

Maschenwerk was established in 2009. The joy of colours and their harmonic interaction are portrayed via the colour gradient that is created by the artist. The beginning material is pure new wool from merino sheep without any additional synthetic fibres. The wool is hand spun after it goes through the development process. This is done to allow for the harmonic transition between individual colours.

Mondschaf, Germany

Here you will find yarns from merino, alpaca, silk and cashmere, which can be used for elegant lace scarves, colourful socks as well as fashionable jumpers. In addition they offer hand-dyed Kammzuge Which can be used for spinning and felting for various wool qualities.

mYAk, ITALY/USA

Born in Tibet, crafted in Italy. The wool is 100% traceable, while purchased directly from nomadic Tibetan herders. Yarns are washed and dehaired on the Plateau and spun by the expert craftsmen of the finest woollen mills in the foothills of the Alps in Italy. Both baby yak wool and Tibetan cashmere are available in a range of colours in lace, medium and bulky weights. None of our fibre is bleached. Naturally carded baby yak down and fibre is also available for home spinners and weavers.

Pop-Up, Germany, United Kingdom

Izzy Lane, Jamison & Smith, Seidenhase, Doulton Flock

Rübezahl, Germany

High quality wool from the region as well as selected exceptional yarns from England such as Shetland yarns, Bluefaced Leichester and others are dyed using tradition techniques of using plants, corticals, roots, natural indigo to create a colour diversity only possible with natural colours. Ulrike Bogdan is coming with a special collection of wonderful fabrics from the Indigo blue dyeworks.

Sasa, Germany

These yarns are dyed with plants and a large portion of love. Dying textiles using natural dyes is a tradition, which has been around for centuries. One can admire many old clothing articles in all their dyed glory in many museums. Conclusion being that natural dyes have the same sustainability as chemical dyes. However chemical dyes cannot win by the sheer beauty and grace of the naturally dyed yarns.

SIIDEGARTE, SWISS

Siidegarte is a artisanal Swiss hand-dyer, located in Hirzel .. between Zurich and Lucern, in a rural area with a stunning mountain view. It's the perfect place to inspire the stunning colourways we dye on Swiss-spun and -made silky yarns! We're especially proud to introduce our newest yarn quality an the Vienna Wool Festival: "Siide-Gfroit", a worsted weight silk and cotton mix yarn, the perfect yarn for quick summer projects! "Gfroit" means "pleasing" in Swiss German and that's exactly what you can expect from this unusual yarn: the drape and shine of silk, combined with easygoing lightness of cotton! Let yourself be enchanted by this amazing yarn and the ten summery shades it comes in.

Textile Garden, UNITED KINGDOM

Textile Garden was established 8 years ago due to a love of buttons. In conjunction with small manufactures colour, shape and every little detail are developed and buttons are produced. Local materials, old hand made art serve as inspiration. Exclusive, high quality products are offered at a fair price.

The Little Grey Sheep, UNITED KINGDOM

Well Manor is a small family farm on the Surrey Hampshire borders. Our sheep are an integral part of our conservation plan, through managed grazing and reversion of agricultural land to traditional pastures. s. It is only by using time honoured methods, that enable us to return the landscape to its historic roots. The wool comes from their fine wool flocks exclusively nurtured and bred for their quality fibre. The flock is managed, and sheared by Susie our awesome shepherdess. The fibre is washed in Yorkshire by Matt, and worsted spun in Devon by John or woollen spun by Michael, returning to be hand dyed on the farm by Emma. The colours of the beautiful countryside inspire Emma in the dye studio.

THE UNCOMMON THREAT (TUT), UNITED KINGDOM

Beautiful, luxurious knitting yarns, lovingly hand dyed are produced in small batches. Whenever possible the unique, limited edition yarns from British Breeds are produced. Designers Veera Välimäki, Joji Locatelli and Beth Kling made designed pattern and yarn kits.

Valistaschen, AUSTRIA

Valerie Zuna-Kratky is a bag designer and with her label VALIS designs bags, belts and accessories. The individual pieces are sewn exclusively with the delicate handicraft of the designer. VALIS defines itself through the use of colour and pattern combination and with the use of high quality and trendy design fabrics.

Werkbuchcafé, AUSTRIA

The “Werkbuchcafé” is a bookstore, café and handicraft room all in one. Do-it-yourself (DIY), handmade and creativity are not just catch words in the books, but are the headline of the entire concept. Next to the well-stocked bookstore the café offers many do it yourself workshops and every month displays the work from handmade designers. The goal of this company is to bring alive the handicraft and DIY techniques through the use of literature, inspiration and try it yourself.

Woollisa, Italien

Lisa Russo is the dyer behind Woollisa, she is well known in Italy with providing high quality yarns most of them exlusevly made for her brand. Her colours are inspired by art and design as she worked for over twenty years as a decorator and fresco restorer. Lisa mostly attends yarn festivals in Italy, but you can now find her yarns in Vienna.

Woll-Land, AUSTRIA

They only use natural fibres to knit, crochet, weave, spin and felt at this wool workshop. The passion of the colour artist is to use plants as dyes and to spin using sheep wool from their region. All products are produced with care and passion. The results are one of a kind hand spun, hand dyed wool and spin fibres as well as turned hand spindles.

Wollmeile, AUSTRIA

Wollmeile captivates Vienna as the largest specialist store due to its extensive offers. Here you will find cashmere, merino, alpaca, yak and silk blends, hand dyed qualities from Europe to south America as well as hand spun alpaca and angora wool from Austria. Brands such as Rohrspatz and Wollmeise, Malabrigo, Juniper Moon, Debbie Bliss, Schoppel, Farbenspiel auf Seide, Maschenwerk, Woll-Land and Flotte Nadel are all available here.

Woll-Oase, AUSTRIA

In the yarn manufacture “Woll-Oase” there is the production of “sweets” the lovingly assembled yarns with a combination of colours. These are spun out of high quality wool and masterfully dyed by hand. Thus making these “sweet” yarns easy to take care of and allows the colour gradient to create beautiful pieces. The assembled colour gradient yarns come in various qualities. They are also happy to individually advice and create a yarn to your individual taste.

Wollsalon, AUSTRIA

The in Hietzing residing architect Sunčica Wilhelmer found her balance and a great addition to her job in knitting. Instead of just shopping for herself during her travels, Sunčica Wilhelmer decided to she wanted to share her love and interest with other people. In “Wollsalon Sunshine Loop” there is an international wool collection (mostly Hedghog Fibres, LITLG, Artyarns, Lorna’s Laces, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo Shilasdair, Orkney Angora and Shibui) and we are happy to help with complicated patterns and advice. She spent many hours thinking about her first location (it ended up being in her Adolf Loos house in Schliessmanngasse 11) and she fulfilled her ideas.

Artyarns, USA

Artyarns were founded in 2002 by Iris Schreier, celebrated knitwear author and manufactured in US.

Hedgehog Fibres, IRELAND

Hedgehog Fibres were founded in 2008 by Beata Jezek, colours she loves are reflected in yarn.

LITLG, IRELAND

Life In The Ling Grass were founded by Caroline (graphic Designer) and Jonny (architect), Irish artisan hand dyed yarn.

Lorna’s Laces, USA

Great fibres is where creation begins. Colour can turn simple project into a unique creation.

Madelinetosh, USA

Madelinetosh was created by Amy Hendrix: Dyer, mama, and passionate color theory and crafting advocate.

Malabrigo, Uruguay

Malabrigo is a family owned yarn company with Hand-Dyed yarns of incredible softness and wonderful color variations.

Orkney Angora, UNITED KINGDOM

Orkney Angora is the home of responsibly sourced angora and angora products.

Shibui, USA

Shibui Knits was born in 2007, in basement of Darcy Cameron’s yarn store, she loves pure simplicity.

Shilasdair, UNITED KINGDOM

Shilasdaire yarns are naturally dyed by Shilasdair with natural ingredients such as local plants, natural dyestuffs.

 

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We would like to thank Hedgehog Fibers and Sasa Handmade for providing the pictures.