Our venue, Uffculme Centre, has beautiful grounds where for the weekend of Yarningham we pitch a marquee. The marquee is home to demonstrations from the local WSD Guild, workshops, a winding station & most importantly our delicious cake stand.
The marquee also houses the social area, a place with tables and seating for meeting friends, planning shopping & eating cake.
Our current marquee measures 9 x 9m and costs £700 to hire. The next biggest marquee is 9 x 12m and costs £900 to hire. We would love to increase the size of the marquee to allow for more space for everything. However our budget doesn’t allow for this extra cost.
A simple way to cover this extra cost would be to increase the price of our marketplace tickets. Marketplace tickets have remained the same since the start of the festival in 2016. We have already had to increase marketplace tickets by £1 for the next festival to help cover other rising costs.
So we are asking you, our audience to buy us a Ko-fi (that is to make a small donation that roughly equals the price of a coffee) and help raise the extra £200 needed for a bigger marquee.
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We want knitters and crocheters of all levels and backgrounds to submit an original and unpublished idea for a 1-2 skein project in a yarn weight of your choice and any colour or combination of colours.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.
We are delighted to be supporting this year’s charity RSVP with a raffle.
RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project) are an award-winning organisation working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Birmingham and Solihull to cope with trauma and rebuild wellbeing, confidence and hopefulness. They support survivors of any age, and any gender with therapeutic and practical services, including specialist support for LGBT and asylum-seeking/refugee survivors as well as sex workers.
Our exhibitors and audience have donated a bumper prize pot and here’s a little teaser of what you could win. There is also a star prize that we can’t wait to share with you, but more on that later.
We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated a prize. Your generosity will help us raise funds for this vital service.
Raffle tickets will cost £1 each or £4 for 5 tickets and will be available only at Yarningham merchandise stand located in the main hall.
Advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace are £5 (+ booking fee) and available here.
The aim of this manual is not only to be able to provide a beginners’ guide to anyone who thinks they’d like to give knitting a go, but also to challenge the perceptions of who knitters are – to break apart those dusty stereotypes, and show, once and for all, that knitting is in no way a gendered pastime, but is instead, a universal hobby for anyone interested in working with their hands, and creating warm and practical things to wear, share or even sell.
Nathan will also have a range of Sockmatician pins and badges available and possibly some yarn too.
Nathan will be available to sign copies of his book on Sunday 14 July between 1 and 2pm in the Yarningham marketplace.