Yarn Shop Day

I’ve spent an enjoyable morning at Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth for Yarn Shop Day, which is happening up and down the country today. Lots of experts were on hand to give their advice and encouragement to the many crafters who visited (and rookie craft bloggers like me).

I met the lovely Bee from Crafts from the Dungeon Glass & Textile Studio, and had a go at weaving on a very dinky loom.img_0761Bee teaches weaving classes and had a wonderful selection of her work on display, including scarves and ponchos. I love the colour combination on this larger loom, greens, purples and turquoise are my favourites!img_0760 I even got to try some beautiful woven garments on, and showed them off round the shop, to encourage people to visit the weaving demonstration. How great is this woven top!img_0763 It’s a wonderful craft and quite speedy so I was told.  Bee explained that many different yarns and textiles can be woven and she enjoys experimenting to achieve many different effects and textures.  I’d really like to try a longer workshop some time, to find out more visit Bee’s website

There were some amazing crochet gurus at the craft barn today.  I was lucky to get to chat with fabulous designer Sue Pinner about her journey from learning to crochet as a young girl from a friend’s grandma to picking up a hook again as an adult and becoming a successful crochet designer, blogger and author.

I wanted to make all her blanket designs!  But particularly fell in love with this one, just gorgeous isn’t it.

You can follow Sue’s wonderfully colourful blog here with lots of free patterns I can’t wait to try (I want to make a  crochet sample necklace!) and her books and patterns are available to buy in the craft barn.

Another inspirational crochet designer I met was Kathryn of Crafternoon Treats who brought this impressive display of awesome crocheted bags.

I hadn’t thought of making a bag before, but Kathryn’s bag-a-long has lots of great ideas and patterns I’d like to try.  I particularly liked the idea of using fabric to line a bag and give it more structure and Kathryn explained how it is easier to sew the fabric to to each individual granny square.  The fabrics add even more colour to the bags and they look fantastic.img_0768I love these warm tones together.  I caught Kathryn on her coffee break with a friend, check out the beautiful display of bags.img_0767

What a fab trip to the craft barn.  I also listened to Christine aka Winwick Mum talking about how to get started knitting socks.  I’m trying to summon up courage to try sock knitting and when I do, I’ll be checking out her book for beginners.  There are some extremely pretty sock yarns available which keep catching my eye…

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