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.

Location and getting there. The 2023 event is on Saturday 1 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 café 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.

Note all traders have EFTPOS so please bring cash.

Have-a-go. Members of Upper Hutt Spinners and weavers will be available demonstrate or teach you how to knit, crochet, felt, or spin during the day. A range of starter kits will be available at the Woolly Mammoth stall and through some traders.

Knitted/Crochet donations. Upper Hutt Spinners and weavers were proud to knit for two local groups through the raised COVID-19 and continue to support them and local schools. The two charities we donate to support Upper Hutt's vulnerable communities and essential workers. Through Capital FibreFest we want to encourage you to also support these groups. We will have a donations basket at the raffle stall if anyone would like to donate knitted/crochet/felted/woven items. The local groups we support are:

Expectations. CFF has always had clear requirements on the traders we invite to Capital FibreFest 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. The exact details are on the Expressions of interest pages. We acknowledge the knitting community is very diverse. We also have very clear COVID-19 procedures, follow the event sector voluntary 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 we like to plan ahead, we have booked the date for Capital FibreFest 2023! Saturday 1st July 2023! 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.