Members from the Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (BGWSD) will be demonstrating their skills within the new social space at Yarningham.
BGWSD meets once a month, on the second Saturday at The Friends Meeting House, Cotteridge, Birmingham. They have speakers, workshops, members days and an annual exhibition.
It’s a great place to come for advice or just to meet and chat other like minded people. BGWSD welcome all those interested in their crafts and related textiles, whether an enthusiastic beginner or highly skilled expert.
We are very pleased to announce that this year, Yarningham will be supporting Knit Aid.
Knit Aid is a social enterprise helping knitters to help others in need. Knit Aid was set up as a response to the refugee crisis in Europe, in particular the many refugees that had travelled to France and have been living in cold and harsh conditions.
Knit Aid started their knitted donations with Calais but are proud to have extended our distribution to Dunkirk, various locations in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
At this year’s Yarningham will be holding a raffle stuffed full of fabulous yarny prizes with all profits going to Knit Aid. More details about the prizes coming soon.
Also at Yarningham, City Knits will be running a collection point to gather donated items. City Knits will also be on hand to offer advice on patterns, suitable yarns and will have kits available to buy.
So, we are asking you our lovely stitchers to pick up those needles and hooks, raid your stash and make something for someone in need.
What can I make/knit/crochet?
Knit Aid work with volunteers who work in the refugee camps to make sure that they are only sending donations which are needed and useful. Because of this, Knit Aid are currently only accepting the following items:
Please use only dark and unisex colours. We cannot guarantee that light coloured knits will be sent to refugee camps and have been specifically directed not to send these.
- Little Snug Riding Hood toddler hooded cowl (pattern available on Knit Aid website)
- Hot water bottle cover including hot water bottle (Pattern available on Ravelry for free with code KNITAID)
- Fully sewn together blankets
(Please do not send individual squares or rows. Unfortunately Knit Aid do not have the capacity to accept and sew together squares)
Please do not make anything other than that listed above. Knit Aid can accept both knitted and crocheted items.
The rainbow sheep image above represents the campaign initiated by designer Ysolda Teague to support and encourage inclusivity within the fibre community.
The symbol behind the sheep is the LGBT Pride flag, but the campaign is to encourage working towards a yarn community that is inclusive of everyone.
Keep an eye on the website for more information about the campaign as it is updated.
We are very proud to support this initiative and welcome everyone to all Stitches and Hos’ events.
We are very pleased to announce that we are planning the next edition of Yarninhgam.
Yarningham 2017 will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017 and will be held at Stirchley Baths.
We are looking for independent yarn producers to take part. If you would like to apply please download the application form from our website here. Just click on the ‘Apply to Exhibit’ text to download the application form.
Applications close on Friday 9 December 2016 and exhibitors will be notified in January 2017.
I am extremely excited to announce the star prizes for our Yarningham raffle.
Our first star prize is a bundle of 2 skeins
L-R Dye For Yarn, Mulberry Silk in Dolphin in my Whirlpool colour way 100% silk, 750m
Canon Hand Dyes, William Merino Gradient in Selfridges colour way, 75% merino, 25% nylon 460 yds.
There are only 12 cakes of the Canon Hand Dyes Selfridges colour way in existence and there won’t be any more.
Our second star prize is 2 alpaca fleeces from Animal Encounters. Cookies and Cream have donated their fleeces so that one lucky person will be able to spin, weave or dye 100% alpaca fleece into something truly unique.
To be in with a chance of winning the star prizes or any of the other raffle prizes you’ll need to buy a raffle ticket at Yarningham. Raffle tickets cost £1 each or £4 for 5. Winners will be drawn on Monday 18 July.