May 2021 festival

Day 5: Cornwall

Welcome Video

Welcome to Cornwall on our fifth day of the Online International Fiber Festival! Have a look at our morning video to meet our Cornish vendors and get an overview of the day!

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Vendors from Cornwall

All of these vendors can be foundĀ in the marketplace. (Click the link then scroll down to the marketplace section!)

Sarah Whittle is the hand spinner and fibre artist behind Penberth Yarns. From her farmhouse studio she creates a range of handspun yarns, spinning fibres and hand dyed yarns which are inspired by the beauty of the Cornish coast and her love of nature. She loves experimenting with colours and fibres to create sumptuous unique yarns and hand dyed fibres full of texture to knit, crochet or weave into your next project.
Stockwell Ceramics is a Cornish crafts company producing high quality, irresistible ranges of handmade ceramic buttons, brooches, pendant necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and hanging decorations.

Recommended Classes

Choose one (or more!) of the following classes for your morning learning. You will need a subscription to Craftsy to take the classes. Please note: if you have a subscription, you do not need to purchase the class unless you want to. Simply click play on the video!

Mastering Cable Design with Fiona Ellis

Ins & Outs of Grafting with Anne Hanson

Knitting with Beads with Laura Nelkin

Explore the Region

For an upgraded experiencesubscribe to CuriosityStream! CuriosityStream is a streaming service like Netflix, but just for documentaries. Their videos are commercial free and available at a higher streaming quality than many of the options available through YouTube, and a portion of the cost of your membership will help defray the costs of running the festival. Once you have subscribed to CuriosityStream, click on the titles below to go directly to the recommended videos.

The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice — Cornwall is one of the 8 Celtic nations. Many of us don’t realize just how widespread the Celts were in ancient times. This is a three-episode series about the origins of the Celts, their spread through Europe, and eventual decline. They had many interactions with the people of other regions we are visiting in this festival including Italy and the Thracians, who were the people who lived in Bulgaria in Ancient times. If you only have an hour and would like to focus on the Celts of the British Isles, watch episode 3 of the series. Cornwall is finally mentioned in the last two minutes of the episode, so I recommend that you focus on the YouTube videos today unless the topic of general Celtic history appeals to you.

The following videos are available for free on YouTube. Consider taking advantage of the free trial of a YouTube subscription, which will block the commercials YouTube usually adds to their videos. The trial lasts for one month and they will send you an email a week before you are charged, so be sure to cancel at the end of the festival or when you get the email, or stay subscribed if you find it worth your while.

Rick Steves takes us through the choice tourist destinations of Cornwall, as well as a general overview of the area’s history!
Many of the documentaries on King Arthur focus on the story of his life (and the many variations on those stories) or whether or not he actually existed. (He most likely did not, at least not as the king we imagine him to be.) This documentary is different. It’s a look at newer evidence about the times King Arthur was said to have lived in and how that influenced and shaped the eventual legends that sprung up about it. Much of the information is drawn from Cornwall around Tintagel Castle, where most of the King Arthur stories begin.
For those who are fans of Poldark, enjoy the real scoop on smuggling in Cornwall in this episode of Tony Robinsons’s Walking through History.
Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK in the 1500s, but Cornwall has been reintroducing beavers to their natural spaces. Have a look at the impact their return has made on the environment.


Click the menu items for the recipes. The shopping lists are available to be downloaded by day and by the entire event. Print off your preference and head to the market!

Cornish pasty
Cornish Saffron Buns

Evening Entertainment

If you watched the travel video from Rick Steves earlier today, then you saw the Minack Theatre, perched on the edge of the land in Penzance, Cornwall. A perfect setting for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest!

We hope you enjoyed your day in Cornwall!
Join us tomorrow as we visit Italy!

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