Event Intent. Capital Fibre Fest is organised by volunteer members of the Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers group and is held within our local community and for the benefit of all wool and yarn based crafting community. The event is a makers market and we care about making yarn, fibre, wool and craft related items as accessible and available to as wide a demographic of the community as possible.

The event aims to have a balance between raw and dyed fibre, commercial yarns, equipment and notions, and indie dyers. We try to ensure a range of price tags are available to cater for all budgets within the community. We also try to ensure a balance across the types of fibre and yarn available (sheep/animal fibre types and ply) and get a mix of dying techniques (gradient, mottled, solids, bespoke etc) to provide you with as many options for your wonderful garments. There is also some attempt to balance the location of traders to ensure if Covid-19 regional restrictions are applied a range of traders can still attend to provide the community a range of products on the day.

Location and getting there. The 2021 event is on Saturday 10 July from 10-3 pm at Whirinaki Whare Taonga (formally Expressions Whirinaki) Upper Hutt https://www.expressions.org.nz/extension-project and has free entry. Please use the new entrance for the events hall at the rear of the building.

There is plenty of free parking and it is close to train, bus and local shops and cafes. While some traders do have Eftpos it is a good idea to bring cash. A koha kitchen is available for a cup of tea or coffee, bring your reusable keep cups to reduce waste. There is also the Dough cafe and bakery on-site for barrister coffee and meals. There is plenty of seating so bring your current project and be prepared to make lots of new friends and learn new skills.

NEW Have-a-go Sessions. New for 2021, the extension of the centre allows us to utalise the new workroom space during the day. Members of Upper Hutt Spinners and weavers will be hosting some koha have a go sessions and talks during the day. A range of starter kits will be available at the Woolly Mammoth stall and through some traders:

· 11-12 have a go knitting – ( examples could include long tail cast on, increases and decreases)

· 12-12:30 talk by Louise Cook on the history of Saori Weaving

· 12:30-1 have a go spinning/felting

· 1-2 have a go crochet (inc. Tunisian crochet) and spinning.

Knitted/Crochet donations. Upper Hutt Spinners and weavers were proud to knit for two local groups through the raised COVID-19 Alert Level periods, these groups support Upper Hutt's vulnerable communties and essential workers. Through Capital FibreFest we want to encourage you to also support these groups. We will have a donations basket in the foyer if anyone would like to donate knitted/crochet/felted/woven items. The local groups we support are:

  • The Greenstone Doors group - Upper Hutt - items for babies and new mums https://www.facebook.com/greenstonedoors

  • Upper Hutt's Orongomai marae - items for children and adults https://www.facebook.com/OrongomaiMarae

Expectations. CFF has always had clear requirements on the traders we invite to Capital Fibre Fest that is stated in their letter of invitation and in the regular communications. This sets out clear expectations on traders to be inclusive by maintaining a respectful, positive, kind and professional attitude to everyone attending the event and to the event at all times, including on any social media or in-person promotions and discussions. We acknowledge the knitting community is very diverse. We also have very clear COVID-19 procedures, follow the event sector vouluntary code, proactively follow Public Health guidance and encourage attendees to do the same. Anyone not meeting these expectations will not be invited back. Any issues on the day can be raised with one of the volunteers wearing a rosette.

Just because I like to plan ahead, we have just provisionally booked the date for Capital FibreFest 2022! Saturday 2nd July 2022! Put it in your diaries now!!!

Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers https://www.facebook.com/UH.Spinners.Weavers are part of Creative Fibre New Zealand (www.creativefibre.org.nz). We meet on Tuesday Mornings from 9.30 until at least 12 noon, Wednesday Evenings 7-9 and occasional weekends for workshops at the Trentham Train Station Building, Ararino Street in Trentham Upper Hutt.

Creative Fibre (www.creativefibre.org.nz) is the New Zealand nation-wide organisation for all fibre crafts. We bring together spinners, weavers, knitters, dyers, flax workers, felters, crocheters, free form fibre artists and all other people involved in the use of fibre.