With just over a week to go until we open the door to unravel, we caught up with Serena a previous visitor and now one of the craft team’s amazing volunteers. Serena chats to us about her unravel experiences in the past and what she’s looking forward to at this year’s festival.
Serena, you are a much loved volunteer in the craft office and have been invaluable helping with unravel. Why did you want to get involved and what have you enjoyed in this years’ planning of the event?
I have been to unravel for the last few years and love the buzz, the variety of exhibitors and the quality of the merchandise for sale. When the opportunity arose to get involved in the organisational side, I knew I would enjoy combining my love of yarny crafts (I am a keen knitter and crocheter) and experience of both unravel and other yarn shows with the administrative and analytical skills from the other part of my life. I’ve loved seeing the festival come together as well as learning a lot about the exhibitors and event organisation and the craft team are lovely to work with.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at unravel?
That’s a hard one! I have a weakness for beautiful yarn (don’t we all!), so will undoubtedly be drawn to all the eye-catching displays. I am also thinking about upgrading my needles from the selection I inherited from my grandmother, some of which aren’t quite straight any more so will be looking at the options. Oh, and a yarn swift is on my wish list too….
What makes unravel a good yarn show to visit?
The quality and diversity of the exhibitors is the main thing for me. The Maltings is such a beautiful, quirky space that gives the festival a unique and special character which I haven’t felt elsewhere. The added bonus for me is that it’s local.
Do you have any tips for first time visitors?
Take your time; there’s lot’s to see and do and it can get very busy so I find going round the building twice makes sure you don’t miss anything. Make good use of your catalogue as you might not realise there is another room round the corner or a fascinating talk about to start. Take plenty of cash. There’s no cash point on site and although many exhibitors can take cards, it’s best to be prepared. Sunday tends to be a bit quieter than Friday and Saturday so might be a better option if you’re not keen on the hustle and bustle.
Have you got any future projects in mind as you attend the festival?
Nothing specific, I tend to buy both yarn and patterns on spec when I see something I love and then match them together when I am ready to start a new project. However I have a new great niece or nephew arriving in March, so perhaps something might catch my eye on the day.
Exhibitor listings, workshop details and information on this year’s charity project the Knit Aviary can be found on the unravel pages here
Buy your tickets for Friday, 11am – 5pm here
Buy your tickets for Saturday 10am – 5pm here
Buy your tickets for Sunday 10am – 4pm here