Yarningham in pictures

Here are a few photographs from Yarningham.  All images by Katja Ogrin

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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.

Animal Encounters at Yarningham

Meet Cookies and Cream, 2 gorgeous alpacas owned by Animal Encounters.

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Animal Encounters are a community based project in Winson Green, Birmingham who work with local schools, churches and community projects to give inner city residents the chance to meet and learn about non domestic and exotic animals.

We are very excited that Cookies and Cream will be our special guests on Saturday 16th July at Yarningham, opening the festival.  They will then stay a while to be petted, brushed, feed and walked by you lovely lot.

Animal Encounters have also kindly agreed to donate 2 fleeces from Cookies and Cream for our Yarningham raffle.

The fleeces will be our star prize.  So to be in with a chance to win you will need to attend Yarningham and buy a raffle ticket. We’ll be announcing more raffle prizes from our exhibitors over the next couple of weeks.

Not sure what you would do with 2 alpaca fleeces? Sign up for our drop spindle workshop and learn how to spin your own yarn.

One more for luck

We are delighted to announce one more exhibitor for Yarningham.

Yarn Angels are a new Birmingham based dye duo of Lizzie and Fiona.  The produce mostly one of a kind, hand dyed skeins on a wide range of fibres including merino, silk, alpaca and bamboo.

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We are pleased as punch that Yarningham will be Yarn Angels’ first fibre festival.  We had hoped to find a dye company based here in our home town of Birmingham when we started putting Yarningham together.  It turned out to be a long search to find someone, but I think you will agree it was worth the wait. Their skeins look wonderful.  I can’t wait to get my hands on some.

And with only 6 weeks to go until Yarningham, I won’t have to wait too long!

Yarningham

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We are very excited to announce Yarningham, our inaugural wool show held here in Birmingham.

Yarningham is a 2 day marketplace for some of our favourite dyers and independent producers from the UK and beyond to exhibit in the heart of the country. Yarningham also features a programme of workshops led by industry specialists.

Taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July and held at Stirchley Baths, a Victorian swimming baths located approx. 3 miles from the city centre, that has been restored into a new community hub.

We’ll be announcing our exhibitors on 1st May, until then you can browse our programme of workshops over on the website here.

So, put the dates in your diaries stitchers.

When: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17th July 2016

Where: Stirchley Baths.

Tickets: £5 in advance available here or £7 on the door

Website: www.stitchesandhos.co.uk/Yarningham

 

Yarn shop questionnaire

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We’d really love to open an independent yarn shop in the heart of Birmingham but need your help.

We need to know about your yarn buying habits.  Could you please spare a few minutes to complete our online questionnaire.

The survey takes a couple of minutes to complete and your answers will help inform our dream shop.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7CHRQKV

K2TOG – Knit 2 Together

I am very excited to tell you about our big summer knit graffiti project K2TOG – Knit 2 Together.

This summer we will be covering the columns on the exterior of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to celebrate the visit of both the Jamaican and American Olympic teams.  A palette of 6 colours (red, white, blue, yellow, green and black) will be used to create the installation.  The colours are taken from both team’s national flags and are also the colours used in the Olympic rings logo.

The project has been selected as one of the Kalaboration commissions.

To help make the work we will be calling on all of you stitchers to knit or crochet pieces for the final installation.  More information on that later.

Right now we need your help to raise £2500 for the project. The money raised will help fund workshops in order for the piece to be made. We will be going out into the local community in order to pass on the skill of hand knitting to those who have little experience of traditional crafts.

The money raised will also help fund a pop-up shop in the Mailbox, Birmingham, a relaxing drop-in space where anyone can come to contribute to the piece and find out about the project. Staff will be on hand to teach basic knitting skills and local workers can pop-in over their lunch hour or after work to knit a square or just a few rows.

To support the project please visit the Sponsume website http://www.sponsume.com/project/k2tog-knit-2-together