Yarningham 2020 Exhibitors Announced

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So here it is, what you have all been waiting for.  The Yarningham 2020 Exhibitor List is announced!

We’ve packed our marketplace with some of the best independent yarn dyers and producers; knit and crochet designers; online and bricks and mortar yarn businesses and makers of knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving notions, tools and accessories.

This year we had a record number of applications making the usually difficult job of selection even harder.  We would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill in an application form.

Yarningham Marketplace will be open on Saturday 11 July from 11-5pm and Sunday 12 July from 11-4pm.  Early Bird and Advance Tickets will go on sale shortly.

For the full list of Yarningham 2020 exhibitors please visit our website here.

Don’t forget our fantastic workshops, which include entry to the marketplace on the day of the workshop. You can find them listed here.

Workshops on sale now

pjimageYarningham 2020 workshops are on sale now.

We have a brilliant selection of workshops for you this year.

BLACK GIRL KNIT CLUB will be hosting a drop in KNITTED BRACELET WORKSHOP using their own African wax print yarn.

We just had to ask DEBORETTE CLARKE of B18 LEATHER back to host a LEATHER PURSE WORKSHOP.  We had such fantastic feedback from her previous workshop that it was a no brainer.  In this workshop you will hand stitch your own leather purse and decorate it with punch and embossing tools.

Joining us to teach an embroidery workshop is Imogen Morris ,a local embroidery artist who creates hand stitched pieces in a polygonal style.

The Communitas Wellbeing Project will be hosting a drop in workshop on Sunday 12th July where you can make a felt cactus using recycled materials or learn to make beautiful paper flowers – or do both!

Last, but by no means least the one and only STEPHEN WEST will be hosting two workshops, COLOUR PLAY THE WESTKNITS WAY and SHAWL EVOLUTION.  We are thrilled to have Stephen at Yarningham.

For more information about all of our workshops and to book your place visit our website here.


Yarningham’s 5th Birthday Party

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We’re very pleased to announce that we are hosting a birthday party to celebrate the 5th edition of Yarningham and we’d love it if you could join us.

For the first time we’ll be holding an evening event as part of Yarningham 2020.  There’ll be traditional party games with prizes, delicious food and a party bag of woolly treats for you to take home. And of course there’ll be cake.

Our venue is All Saints Church Hall (just a 10min walk from Uffculme Centre)

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 21st March

Yarningham’s 5th Birthday Party

Saturday 11 July 2020


All Saints Church Hall

2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7RA

Yarningham 2020 Design Competition


We are thrilled to announce our Yarningham 2020 Design Competition in collaboration with yarnpeople.

To celebrate Yarningham Festival’s 5th birthday we are asking YOU, our audience to submit an original design idea to be included in the festival brochure. This competition is open to all, no design experience is necessary.

The winning idea will be produced into an exclusive pattern for Yarningham 2020 brochure as well as being featured in the September 2020 edition of yarnpeople and receive a cash prize of £100.

The entries will be reviewed by a panel of Judges and we cannot wait to see all your inspiring design ideas.

We would like to repeat that NO DESIGN EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  

We want knitters and crocheters of all levels and backgrounds to submit an original and unpublished idea for a 1-2 skein project in a yarn weight of your choice and any colour or combination of colours.

The original idea MUST incorporate an aspect of Birmingham and/or birthdays and celebrations into the design. This can be however you like. Previous inspiration for designs have included Bournville, the home of Cadbury chocolate; the canal waterways system and Spaghetti Junction; Persianware ceramics designed by William De Morgan housed in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

How To Enter

Submit a sketch and description of your idea to knit@stitchesandhos.co.uk with subject “Yarningham 2020 Design Competition”.

  • Your Name and email contact details .
  • Your design name and description of the inspiration behind the design.
  • A sketch of the design, with details of colours or special stitches specific to your idea.
  • All information must be contained within submission email. We cannot accept
  • links to external content.
  • Ideas must be original and unpublished.
  • Idea can be for a knit or crochet pattern.
  • Maximum of 2 entries per person.

Important Dates

Competition Opens: February 1st 2020

Competition Closes: 9th April 2020