Yarningham 2020 Design Competition

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We want knitters and crocheters of all levels and backgrounds to submit an original and unpublished idea for a 1-2 skein project in a yarn weight of your choice and any colour or combination of colours.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  • Ideas must be original and unpublished.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

Transportation Socks by Rebecca Milton

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So this is our last preview from our brochure.  Our second exclusive pattern Transportation Socks designed by Rebecca Milton.

Rebecca’s pattern will be available exclusively in the Yarningham brochure which is given to everyone who attends the marketplace.

To book advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace please visit here. Tickets will also be available on the door and priced at £7.

To find out more about Rebecca you can find her on Facebook, Ravelry and Instagram.

Highbury Halter by Jimenez Joseph

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Here’s another preview of our first exclusive pattern Highbury Halter designed by Jimenez Joseph.

Jimi’s pattern will be available exclusively in the Yarningham brochure which is given to everyone who attends the marketplace.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace are £5 (+ booking fee) and are available here.  Tickets will also be available on the door and priced at £7.

To find out more about Jimi visit her website or you can find her on Ravelry / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Mrs Lam Yarns exclusive colourways

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So here they are. Our exclusive colourways created by Ellen of Mrs Lam Yarns for Yarningham 2019. On the left is ‘Ikon Gallery’ and the right is ‘Yarningham’.  Both colourways have been designed to work together or on their own.

We are delighted with what Ellen has created for us. We think both colourways are stunning.

Mrs Lam Yarns exclusive colourways will be available from Yarningham merchandise stall. Each colourway is super limited and will be £19 per skein.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham marketplace are available here for £5 (+ booking fee)

 

A little teaser…

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We are delighted that Ellen of Mrs Lam Yarns agreed to create 2 custom colourways for Yarningham 2019.

We asked Ellen to use Birmingham as her inspiration, otherwise she had free reign to create what she wished.

We can’t wait to show you the results of Ellen’s dyeing efforts, but for now we’re just going to tease you with this image of Ikon Gallery surrounded by spring blossom.

The Mrs Lam Yarns Yarningham custom colourways will be available exclusively from Yarningham merchandise stall.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham marketplace are available here for £5 (+ booking fee)

Transportation Socks by Rebecca Milton

Here’s a little sneak preview of our second exclusive pattern designed by Rebecca Milton.

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We also gave Rebecca a wide brief asking that she take inspiration from something about Birmingham.

Rebecca chose to focus on Birmingham as a transport hub at the centre of the UK.

“The lacy pattern panels down the side of the sock represent the barges and boats using the canals of Birmingham, and the twisted cable pattern in the centre represents the road network—’Spaghetti Junction’.  The cables on the second sock will be reversed, so that the socks mirror each other, rather than being identical.”

We can’t wait to show you the finished pattern.  Rebecca’s pattern will be available in Yarningham 2019 show brochure given free to everyone who attends Yarningham Marketplace.

To book advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace please visit here

To find out more about Rebecca you can find her on Facebook, Ravelry and Instagram.

 

Highbury Halter Top by Jimenez Joseph

A sneak preview of our first exclusive pattern designed by Jimenez Joseph.

We gave Jimi a wide brief asking for the design to be inspired by something from or about Birmingham.

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Taking influence from Birmingham’s multicultural qualities: Asian textiles, park landscapes and the cities architecture, Highbury Halter Top is a youthful and playful design.”

We can’t wait to show you the finished pattern.  Jimi’s pattern will be available in Yarningham 2019 show brochure given free to everyone who attends Yarningham Marketplace.

To book advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace please visit here

To find out more about Jimi visit her website or you can find her on Ravelry / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

Meet Rebecca Milton

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Rebecca began designing about 6 years ago, drawing my inspiration from the places, music and people around her. She particularly loves to design socks as they’re so portable and quick to knit, and the patterns can be beautifully intricate whilst still keeping your feet warm!

We are so pleased that Rebecca has designed an exclusive pattern for this year’s Yarningham brochure.  We give a copy of our brochure to everyone who attends the Yarningham marketplace.   We can’t wait to share with you her new design.

To find out more about Rebecca you can find her on Facebook, Ravelry and Instagram.

You can buy advanced tickets for the Yarningham marketplace or tickets will be available on the door.

Meet Jimi Joseph

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Jimi has designed an exclusive pattern for our Yarningham 2019 brochure.  We can’t wait to share with you her beautiful design.  You’re in for a real treat!

Jimenez aka JIMIKNITS has been designing knitting patterns since 2011. She explores shape, colour and texture with her patterns, while making them enjoyable to knit as well as flattering to wear.

Her popular designs: Aggregate, Boss, Tower of Strength and ByeLine have been engaging knitters around the world.

A bit of a gadget fiend, she also writes patterns for the Addi Express circular machine and has recently started learning how to use a flat bed knitting machine.

To find out more about Jimi visit her website or you can find her on Ravelry / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook