We believe in using beautiful thoughtful materials in our craft - and as part of that we believe in having a beautiful curated stash on hand so making can happen as the ideas start flowing. Each one of these business works thoughtfully in the world, and we are proud to have them join us at Soul Craft Festival!
At Bernina, our passion is simple - we want everyone to experience pure sewing pleasure when they sew with one of our exceptional sewing machines, embroidery machines or overlockers.
Bernina International AG is one of the world's leading producers of sewing and embroidery machines. They are at the technology cutting edge, and are characterised by high functionality, simplicity of use and Swiss precision which is the core to every Bernina machine. It's this exceptional quality that makes on a Bernina so easy and enjoyable.
BITTERN BY THE BUG
WabiSabi – beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, perfectly describes the stitching process of Boro and free form Sashiko. Stitching which is meditative, relaxing, explores your creative spirit and expands your knowledge in needlework. At Bittern By The Bug our infectious passion for these Japanese techniques has inspired our own range of original patterns, kits and hand crafted textile treasures. For your Sashiko and Boro journey we have genuine imported Japanese fabrics and hand dyed Indigo textiles. With 15 years’ experience teaching Sashiko and Boro and many other needlework techniques, we love to share our expertise, and our greatest joy is seeing our friends’ latest original creations.
Blogless Anna is offering a one-stop-shop for all your Genoa Tote needs, including those hard-to-find leather handles. The Genoa Tote, a fully-lined denim tote with leather handles, is a fun project for both new and experienced sewist.
Pick up all the items you need to make your own Genoa Tote, including hardcopy pattern, leather handle kits, zips, awls and rivet setters.
Samples will be on display, showcasing the three different Genoa Tote sizes (small, medium and large) and the different leather handle widths and length options.
A limited number of Totes, sewn by the designer, will also be for sale.
EDEN VALLEY BIODYNAMIC
Eden Valley Biodynamic Farm is a family owned business which has bred merino sheep since 1925.
We have farmed under the Demeter certified agricultural standards since 1988.
Our 8 ply knitting wool is beautifully soft and a joy to knit and wear. We produce both undyed wool, plant dyed and silver. Our silver is perfect for craft work.
Fatso’s Workshop is a wood turner specialising in turning yarn bowls and other items with a focus on tools for fibre crafts. Chris took up turning several years ago, mostly turning for family and friends. A few years back he started an Etsy shop selling his wares particularly yarn bowls and crochet hooks that he developed for his crochet mad wife. Starting with premium craft timbers, his yarns bowls are turned with a focus on making an object that is not only useful but almost as beautiful as the work that is going to be created, and fashioned with the same passion that its owner pours into their own craft.
FeltFine sells raw materials and tools to fibre artists. We are based on the NSW Central Coast and source fibres from around the world. We stock dyed and natural sheep tops, exotic fibres, a wide variety of plant fibres, Indian silk tops and spun fibres and luxury undyed yarns.
We own a large mechanical picker and commercial carding machine to produce our own picked fibres and batts. We also offer a consignment carding service.
We are an Ashford dealer and the stockist for the Amy Oxford Rug Punch Needles in Australia, NZ and SE Asia.
Fibresmith was founded in 2017 by Maze & Vale screen printer and designer, Leslie Keating, as a showcase for modern, graphic textiles and gorgeous, natural fibre yarns in Melbourne’s Inner West. With an ever growing range of in-house designed kits and tools, we focus on all natural, modern and unique supplies for dressmaking, quilting, knitting, crochet and various needle craft.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD WOOLLEN MILL
Great Ocean Road Mill, Australia’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly mill, creates artisanal yarns from Victoria’s finest fibres. Handcrafted yarns with a heart and a story. By challenging the norm we source, create and spin to produce luxurious yarns for those special creations. Superfine merino, polwarth, alpaca and more. All lovingly crafted, with a point of difference. – 100% Australian Made yarns.
GREEN TEA YARNS
Sadie Cuming, owner of Green Tea Yarns has a longtime passion for textiles and fashion. She sources beautiful natural yarns from around the world and hand dyes them to produce luxury yarns suitable for your knitting, embroidery and weaving.
Specialising in premium laces and 4 ply/fingering weights, bases are offered in a variety of formats - semi solid, speckled/mottled and gradients. Her strong colour sense enables her to produce 3 collections a year of the most stunning colours, textures and gradients.
The Habitue Range is a modern take on traditional craft, using vibrant on trend colours, chunky materials, and simple contemporary design so the texture of the work speaks for itself.
Our crochet homewares are produced from high quality recycled fabric yarn and, recycled leather trim. All materials are new waste materials from other manufacturers that would otherwise go to landfill.
We also stock kits for DIY projects, in various techniques, and contemporary craft supplies. These include felted Merino Yarn, recycled cotton ropes in several styles, jersey yarn made from remnants of manufacturing and tools made from sustainable forest timber.
loom & SPINDLE
Established in 2014, Loom & Spindle had a simple vision: create a lifestyle inspired, spinning and weaving resource for a new generation of textile makers and creatives. Their aim is to inspire creativity and self-expression, supporting their makers with engaging educational content and free spinning and weaving resources.
They are guided by their passion for learning and innovation, offering a carefully considered range of tools, fibre and yarn for the contemporary spinner and weaver. They independently published their first eBook, LINE SHAPE TEXTURE: A Creative’s Guide to Frame-Loom weaving, in 2016 and have since sold more than 850 copies.
MULBERRY AND FLAX
Mulberry and Flax is a fabric and yarn store situated in the coastal town of Newcastle, NSW. Established in 2016 by Jennifer Smart, its focus is on providing quality materials, supporting local artisans and promoting ethical and sustainable practice. This year Jennifer has launched Great Southern Yarn, a blend of 50% SRS merino and 50% alpaca. The yarn, designed with passion, is created from single origin fleece from three NSW properties and spun by Adagio Mills in Orange. It is available in 4ply and DK, in a range of hand dyed and natural colour ways.
Millpost is a broadacre Permaculture farm near Bungendore on the NSW Southern Tablelands. Three generations of Watsons live and work here, where we run superfine Saxon Poll Merinos.
Millpost Merino yarn is spun from our best fleece wool, which averages 17.5 micron, and is available in DK and 4 ply in a range of gorgeous complementary colours. We also have undyed hanks and cones available for indie and home dyers. It is all grown, spun and dyed here in Australia and New Zealand.
Millpost is run according to the principles of Permaculture, which means we try to mimic and utilise the productivity of natural ecosystems. We produce much of our own food, energy, and timber, while also restoring and regenerating our native grasslands and forests.
At the Nunnaba workshop in country NSW, Jenna produces hand-dyed yarns intended to be inspiring, beautiful and timeless. Yarns are sourced from Australian farms that care for the land, the sheep and their workers and are dyed, washed and packaged with minimum environmental impact.
Jenna has created a technique for dyeing gradients that result in a unique, dappled transition with semi-solids and speckles to compliment them. Her palette tends towards classic earthy and subdued tones with bright and bold pops that reflect the inspiration that she draws from a combination of the natural world and the happy surprises that occur while playing in the dye pots.
Ochre creates the finest natural yarns for the modern knitter.
Ochre Yarn was launched in 2017 in partnership with a Fair Trade Organisation in Nepal with ranges including pure and blended fibre yarns which are naturally coloured or hand-dyed for the discerning knitter.
Creating quality crafted yarns, patterns and knitwear is more than just our focus - we have been committed to making yarn in the best way to show the products natural beauty and unique attributes.
Danielle from Raxor Yarns & Fibres brings you the finest quality yarn and fibre from Australia and around the world. Specialising in luxury and hand-dyed items, you’ll want to snuggle it all!
With over ten years experience in hand-spinning, crochet and hand-dyeing, Danielle understands the needs of fibre artists. With a love of hand-dyeing and luxurious fibres, her mission is to provide you with top quality, unique fibre and yarns, while supporting small-scale ethical farming, and independent creators and designers.
spinning yarnS weaving tales
Jo from Spinning Yarns Weaving Tales has had a passion for textiles from the time she was a little girl. Surrounded by dressmakers and knitters it was inevitable. Studying textiles at Melbourne College of Textiles in the late 70’s and a work life of purchasing & importing combined with a dream to work for herself again – Spinning Yarns Weaving Tales was born in 2013.
The passion to source unusual, ethical yarns & fibres in the raw or in a kaleidoscope of colours of high quality continues to grow.
Sunspun has been selling yarn from the leafy Melbourne suburb of Canterbury since the 1980’s. They specialise in natural, unique and hard-to-find yarns, along with a beautiful range of books, magazines, needles, notions and accessories – sourced both locally and internationally.
Sunspun’s goal is, simply, to give knitters and yarn enthusiasts the best possible shopping experience that only a bricks-and-mortar LYS can provide. From yarn and pattern selection to solving head-scratching knitting conundrums, the friendly, knowledgeable team are always on hand to assist you.
The home of Polwarth sheep. Producing single farm fleece, tops and yarn.
The Dennis family settled Tarndwarncoort in 1840, already with a flock of Merino sheep from Van Diemens Land. Over the next 40 years they bred an improved type of sheep – one that would suit the Otways environment better. By 1880, the sheep was perfected, and named Polwarth, after the County it came from. The wool grown on the farm is turned into beautiful craft wools including tops for felting and yarn for knitting. It is truly “single origin” yarn, from Australia’s first breed of sheep.
Tarndie has a farmgate, woolshop and accommodation.
With locations in Sydney and Melbourne, Tessuti Fabrics has been home to the world’s most beautiful designer fabrics since 1992. Specialising in European and local designer ends, our diverse and ever-changing range includes the very best wools, silks, cottons, linens and laces from all around the world including Italy, Japan and France.
We buy from over thirty leading Australian and international designers. Past and present ranges include Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Missoni, Zimmermann, Manning Cartell, Cue, and many more.
Our Surry Hills and Melbourne stores also stock an exquisite selection of French laces that make us the perfect destination for bridal and formal wear.
THE PURL BOX
The Purl Box is the home of fabulous yarn for crafters of all kinds who love quality and colour! As passionate knitters and lovers of fine yarn, Kylie and Anita of the Purl Box bring you our own hand-dyed Oyster Yarns as well as a curated selection of commercial yarns that we love to work with - from lace to colourwork to texture and everything in between.
The Raffia Connection
The Raffia Connection supplies hand-dyed raffia and string in a range of 20 colours inspired by the Australian landscape. Used for weaving, basketry, basket coiling, knitting, crochet, sewing, craft, garden, floristry and gift wrapping, our raffia is a natural fibre, sustainably grown and harvested from the leaves of the raffia (raphia) palm, grown in Madagascar. The fibre length is approximately 1.5 – 1.7 metres long and it is extremely strong. The Raffia Connection also sells string and feathers in a range of colours, as well as N’Viro Tie, a twisted paper core product which is used to add strength and shape to baskets.
Treehouse Textiles began with the good idea of combining creative workshops and beautiful fabric.
Our Mornington Store provides a contemporary workshop space, gorgeous fabrics, unique and original quilt patterns designed by Emma Di Stefano. Her love of fabric, design and a passion for patchwork is the inspiration that Emma extends to you in her lovely store, the connection & collaboration with the community of quilters is the momentum that sustains her.
Emma has a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) from Melbourne University and her workshops are patiently taught and inclusive of all skill levels. Treehouse Textiles has many visiting tutors who provide diversity and experience in a variety of workshops.
WE LOVE KNITTING
We Love Knitting is a mother and daughter team, Ingrid and Claire, that started in 2016 as a passion project and quickly became a full time job.
We Love Knitting colourways range from soft dreamy pastels to bright neon pops of colour and we love speckles! Our aesthetic is candy minimal and we love to create a sense of magic and childlike wonder for knitters all over the world.
Nestled in the outer suburb of Warranwood, our little shop Winterwood bursts with colour and inspiration. We specialise in supplies for felting, yarn dying, toy making and fibre art. Our beautiful range of hand-dyed wool felt and yarn are all dyed on site in small batches, so each piece is unique. We also have un-dyed felt, wool and dyes for the home crafter to dye their own. We are so excited to be sharing our love of colour and the handmade at Soul Craft Festival.
WREN & OLLIE
Wren & Ollie is an independent hand-dyed yarn and fibre studio focusing on combining unique colours in a harmonious way on quality yarn and fibres for the artisan or craftsperson to enjoy.
Our passion is knitting, colour and yarn. We use refined dying techniques to achieve a diverse and sophisticated collection. In our range of natural wool fibres you will find gorgeous palette selections; contrasting subtle to bold, pale to dark, earthy to bright shades in an array of variegated, speckled and semi-solid colours.
Zigozago is a small boutique yarn studio located in a garden in Castlemaine, Victoria. We feature well known artisan dyed yarns including Madelinetosh, Primrose Yarn Co. and other favourites. We offer individualised service and quality yarns from a variety of sources, specialising in indie dyed yarns for unique crafted items. We also stock a range of fun knitting gifts and accessories including our own knitter roo enamel pins.