Yarningham 2017

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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.

Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Demonstrations

One of the great things about organising Yarningham has been making links with other stitch-y organisations in Birmingham.

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One of these is Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (BGWSD) based in Cotteridge. They got in touch about seeing if they could attend the show to attract new members.

BGWSD meets once a month, on the second Saturday at The Friends Meeting House, Cotteridge.  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.  They welcome all interested in our crafts and related textiles, whether an enthusiastic beginner or highly skilled.

Members of the guild will be demonstrating their skills within the marketplace at Yarningham.  They’ll be on stand 12.

Yarningham Raffle Star Prizes

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Plan your visit to Yarningham

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photo credit: The British Oak by Katchoo/ Fiona Cullinan on flickr reusable under Creative Commons licence

We’ve been receiving a few questions from you about your visits to Yarningham.

So I’m going to try and collate some information that I hope you will find useful

Places to meet, eat and drink

The British Oak A redbrick pub with a large garden and seating area.  Food also available.

Change Kitchen Cafe, Award winning vegetarian and vegan caterers who run the cafe within Stirchley Baths.

P Café brings art, poetry and quality café fare to Stirchley high street. Serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes.

Loaf is a food-based social enterprise. They run an innovative community supported bakery and cookery school. Visit the bakery shop to buy fresh loaves, cakes and pastries, takeaway lunches and useful baking equipment and books.

Wildcat Tap. Micro pub serving cask ale and craft beer.  Check their Twitter feed for updates on what beers and ales are on tap.

Lorna Bakes will also have a selection of delicious cakes for sale in the Yarningham marketplace.

Don’t forget we also have our pre Yarningham Hootenanny on Friday 15th July

Travel information

See our website here for details of how to get to Yarningham

Yarningham Extras

Cookies and Cream, 2 alpacas visiting Yarningham on Saturday 16th.  Make sure you go and say hello.

An outdoor seating area and gazebo (for those who prefer shade) to meet with friends, have a drink and compare purchases

Yarningham selfie board.  Take a selfie using our Yarningham character board.  More info on that later.

Raffle prizes

We’re holding a raffle at Yarningham to help raise money for Animal Encounters who will be bringing Cookies and Cream the alpacas to the show.

Our exhibitors have been really generous and donated all of these goodies for us to give away.  Yes, give away.

To stand a chance of winning you will need to enter the raffle at Yarningham.  Tickets will be available at the show and the winners will be drawn on Monday 18 July.

Prizes are:

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Beyond Measure‘ needles and pins set, inc. Hiroshima Needles Patchwork Pins and Tapestry Needles, Merchant and Mills Black Bulb Pins and Maison Sajou needles

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Phileas Yarns, Wanderer Aran in Bedouin, 100% British BFL, 100g 166m

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Whimzy, Sokkusu O Max in Colours of the Underground, 100% superwash merino, 150g 490m and set of 4 gradient mini skiens

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The Knitting Swede, 2 x Wensleydale DK in Sequoia, 100% wensleydale, 100g 200m

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Owl About Yarn, Cuddly Owl Sock Blank in Starry, 75% merino 25% nylon, 100g 425m and an owl stitch marker

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Fab Funky Fibres, (top) 70% BFL, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, 100g, 400m.  (bottom) The Big One Gradient, 75% merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina sparkle, 100g 400m plus contrasting blue mini skien.

(second picture) Fab Funky Fibres, Custom Blend Fibre Merino in Heathers of the Moorland 23mic 64s

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Textile Garden, Cotton Seersucker, blue and white check, 190 x 145cm and 3 sets of 10 complimentary buttons

 

 

 

WWKIP day @ Sin Eater Festival

On Saturday we held a hootenanny at Sin Eater Festival to celebrate World Wide Knit In Public Day.

A big thank you to David and Liz from Sin Eater for hosting us, everyone who came to get their stitch on and most of all to the knitting weather gods who supplied us with some sunshine.  DSC_0004DSC_0005DSC_0009DSC_0010

ChangeKitchen

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ChangeKitchen run the cafe at Stirchley Baths, the former Edwardian swimming baths that is our venue for Yarningham.

ChangeKitchen is an exciting social enterprise co-founded in 2010 by trainer and long-term caterer Dr Birgit Kehrer and the well-established Birmingham charity SIFA Fireside.

Since 2012, ChangeKitchen has stood on its own two feet. Birgit and her team are ‘Cooking up Change’ by creating delicious catering for all kinds of events, whilst also offering training and work placements as a stepping stone into employment to those facing social exclusion.

ChangeKitchen’s ethos is for ethical, locally sourced, organic food. They say good food is good for the soul and, ChangeKitchen believe it has the power to change lives.

ChangeKitchen cafe will be open on both days at Yarningham providing a menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes (inc gluten free options) so that everyone can eat from the same menu.