FOR fluffy tops and socks head to an open day at John Arbon Textiles and Fibre Harvest this weekend.
The event includes a chance to buy half price yarns, tops and socks, as well as have a tour of the vintage mill machinery, which is not usually open to the public.
The Fibre Harvest Mill is one of only a handful of worsted fibre processing and spinning plants still operating in the UK and it's here that John Arbon, an award winning De Montfort University textile graduate, uses his 18 years' experience to create and develop his range of luxury tops and yarns, for which he uses local and rare breed fleeces wherever possible
His most sought-after ranges are Alpaca Supreme which includes tops and yarn (a gorgeous blend of alpaca, merino and silk in tonal natural shades), Exmoor Sock Yarn (made from the fleeces of his local sheep, the Exmoor Blueface) and Viola (a stunning range of blended dyed British merino tops made using a technique called dry dyeing).
His sock ranges include everything from hardy walking varieties to bed socks.
John Arbon Textiles and Fibre Harvest open weekend is on Pathfields Industrial Estate, South Molton on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 10am to 5pm.
There will be tea and cake available. Entry is free and John will be around on both days to chat with visitors. Details: www.jarbon.com.