Meet Stephen West

AW 2018 Westknits, designs by Stephen West

Meet Stephen West. Stephen West’s shawl designs and innovative use of colour have helped him become an internationally recognised and respected designer.

Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to start designing patterns, and he was soon featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue with his Colonnade Shawl. Not long after, he moved to Amsterdam, publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the name Westknits.

He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.

Stephen has taught workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Iceland, UK, and Amsterdam where he co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in the city centre. In 2019 Stephen and his business partner Malia Mae Joseph realised a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.

Stephen will be teaching two workshops at Yarningham 2020.  Colour Play the Westknits Way on Saturday 11 July and Shawl Evolution on Sunday 12 July. For more information and to book your ticket, which includes marketplace entry for the day of the workshop, visit our website here.

Meet Imogen Morris


Meet Imogen Morris. Imogen is a Birmingham based embroidery artist who creates hand stitches pieces in a polygonal style.

Imogen hand stitches triangles to form a mesh-like frame that creates the form of an image. The hard, jagged shape of the triangle contrasts with the softness of the embroidery thread.

The subjects of Imogen’s work ranges from animals, portraiture and more recently, Imogen has been creating large scale abstract pieces. However, the two elements that always remain in her practice are thread and the shape of the triangle.

Imogen will be teaching a polygonal embroidery workshop on Saturday 11 July exploring geometric design.  The workshop is open to all and no embroidery experience is needed.  For more information and to book your ticket, which includes marketplace entry for the day of the workshop, visit our website here.

Drop spindle workshop


Have you ever wanted to learn to spin your own yarn? Well we have just the workshop for you.

Katie Weston from Hilltop Cloud will be leading a drop spindle workshop as part of Yarningham.

There are still a few places available but space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. For more information and to book a place visit our workshop page here

Stitches and Hos workshop @ Ikon Gallery

Next week Stitches and Hos will be holding a practical workshop for adults at Ikon Gallery. We’ll be looking at the themes and ideas in the current Sarah Browne exhibition in a fun and informal way.

Thursday 1 March, 2-4pm at Ikon Gallery

Places are free but limited, please contact Ikon Gallery to reserve your place.

If you can’t make it along to the workshop I highly recommend a trip to Ikon.  Both the Sarah Browne and Hamish Fulton exhibitions are great. They also do homemade cake in the cafe.

Also don’t forget next Tuesday (28 Feb) is our regular monthly knitting hootenanny at Hare and Hounds.  We’ll be in the back bar from 7:30pm.  Sounds to stitch to by Helga Henry and Gemma Thomas.  Wool and needles provided.  You don’t even have to be good!