http://Bearinsheepsclothing.com Bernie from Bear in Sheep’s Clothing is an amazing local dyer. She has some incredible colour tones in her yarn and always amazes us with her new ideas. It will be a pleasure to have Bernie and her Team with us here at Yarnfolk. Bernie draws her inspiration from everywhere. She specialises in single skein speckle gradient
Dublin Dye http://www.dublindye.com Yvonne is another veteran Yarnfolker! Yvonne mainly kettle dyes her yarns, allowing for subtle contrasts in shades. She likes short colour changes and playing with colour and experimenting as she works. Your sure to love her amazing luxury yarns.
Nikki and Jaele are the women behind the brand Secret Stash. Both are founding members of the Belfast Stitch 'n' Bitch group. Nikki started dying after attending a local dying workshop. She managed to convince her friend to join forces with her by selling her beautiful hand crafted project bags and therefore Secret Stash was born.
Dye Candy https://dyecandyco.uk Having been an artist all her life, Hutch's colourways are bright and bold. Hutch was nominated in the British Crochet and knitting Awards 2017 for Best Independent Yard Brand – a great achievement for this lass from Randlestown. Dye Candy’s style is highly saturated, intense colourways that make for dramatic pieces that are truly unique.
Unbelievawool https://unbelievawool.com Based in Dorset with her three daughters, husband and mini menagerie, Samantha from Unbelieva-wool describes her life as a bit chaotic but fun. The company was born out of a love for colour and has now progressed from a few skeins a week to a full-time job that allows Samantha to work around her family life. Welcome back to Yarnfolk Samantha.
Eve Chambers Textiles https://etsy.com/shop/evechamberstextiles Eve lives in a tiny smallholding with her children. Eve hand spins locally sourced fleece - Jacobs Alpaca and Hampshire Downes.She is a crocheter so her colourways have soft edges and splashes more than freckles.They are all about the colour – often muted with a splash of colour hidden within the skein.
Truly Hooked www.trulyhooked.com Founded in 2011, Nottingham award winning indie dyer and publisher, Verity, brings a splash of colour to your stash. As well as producing beautiful hand dyed yarns, Verity has produced “The Sock Drawer” which was nominated favourite book at the 2017 Knitting and Crochet Awards. Verity is going to be available to sign copies of her beautiful new book “On the Hook” at Yarnfolk so there will be many a happy “hooker” at the show.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EweMomma For Tracey hand dyeing yarn allows her creativity and freedom. Her yarn is often described as “magical” and “drop dead loveliness”! Her aim is to inspire newbie and crocheters with her yarns to take up their needles/hook. Welcome back to Yarnfolk Tracey.
Irish Fairy Tale Yarns http://irishfairytaleyarns.com Irish Fairy Tale Yarns was created in 2014 by Gabrielle and Carlo because they could never find the colour they wanted or were too expensive. Their yarn range is named after myths and fairy tales, and finds inspiration in our of native flowers, mountains and beaches. Every skein is dyed with love and they use non-toxic dyes
Love Creative Therapy https://www.lovecreativetherapy.co.uk Love Creative Therapy is a local independent maker and designer of project bags and accessories using recycled, long forgotten materials, tweeds and tartans. She has especially designed for Yarnfolk some project bags for all your precious crochet hooks, needles and notions. They are drop dead gorgeous. Come and say Hi!
Wee Yarn Designs https://weeyarndesigns.com Debbie is a local lady from Newtownards with a passion for yarn. Her fabulous Dorset Button Workshop was a festival sell out last year so early booking is advised. Visit her stall for 100% Irish hand crafted gifts, Dorset Button jewellery kits and lovely merchandise to add to your stash!
Yarn with Joanne www.yarnwithjoanne.com Another local from Newtownards, Joanne will be doing a Trunk Call of her yarns and accessories which include Drops & West Yorkshire Spring Mill. Her Autumn/Winter Workshops are designed to inspire and develop new knitters and crocheters as well as those experienced crafters looking for inspiration.
Giddy Aunt Yarns https://www.giddyauntyarns.co.uk Giddy Aunt Yarns is run by sisters Claire and Janice who produce small batches of hand dyed luxurious yarns from their homes in Comber. They love experimenting with dye techniques and bases to create colourways which range from soft muted tones to vibrant neon's. In addition, they supply Chiaogoo needles and hooks, Soak laundry products and various other accessories including their own range of denim project bags.
Jenni Mac www.jennimac.net Supplier and maker of quirky knitting, crochet and craft related cards; project books; ribbons and buttons galore! Welcome back to Yarnfolk Jen!
Asa Mc Dowell Textiles http://ww.asamcdowell.co.uk Come and say hello to Asa, formerly owner of Textile Studio in Belfast. Find out about what she is doing now - spinning, dyeing, weaving, test knitter for Marie Wallin and her brand new adventure Craft Retreats.
We are delighted to have Asa as a tutor for Yarnfolk. Why not sign up for her Continental Knitting workshop or Finishing Techniques workshop .
Meadow Park Beading https://www.facebook.com/medowparkbeading Local lady Ann from Meadow Park Beading will be with us again this year to show her amazing talents. She will have an array of yarn inspired beading products and will be offering her 'make and take' beading stitch markers on the day.
John Arbon Textiles http://www.jarbon.com A Northern Ireland first! John is synominus with the UK fibre festivals scene. The team are coming to Yarnfolk armed with their luxury yarns and fibre tops – a fine array of wooly wonders all the way from Devon.
We’ll get to see the fabulous new range Devona, a beautiful blend of Devon fibres in 14 deep, mottled, irresistible shades and all 103 Knit By Number shades are now available in baby 25g hanks for all your colour art enthusiasts and not forgetting all you spinners and felter’s – Johns ‘Tubs of Joy’! Don’t forget if you are a Secret Mill Member you will be entitled to 10% off any purchase made on John’s stand at Yarnfolk.
Knit It – Hook It – Craft It http://knitit-hookit-craftit.com Fay provides environmentally thoughtful products that are where possible, renewable, recycled or reused with as little resource wastage as possible.She will bring all her crafty bits for us to love to ponder over and purchase guilt free! Welcome back to Yarnfolk Fay.
Loopy Kate Fibres http://www.facebook.com/loopykatefibres Based in Belfast Kate hand spins her own yarn and is a beautiful dyer of her yarns which will delight all fibre enthusiasts. She frequently is seen out and about teaching her craft to inspire others to have a go and is a tutor at Cultra Folk Museum. Be one of the lucky ones to sign up for her Rainbow Dye workshop at the festival and go away with an array of rainbow yarns.
Felting Crazy https://www.facebook.com//felting-crazy. Shelley Steele of Felting Crazy is a well known textile artist specialising in various felting techniques. She runs several workshops based in Midtown Makers in Ballymena aimed at intermediate and advanced felt makers wishing to advance their creating repertoire, as well as hosting a fabulous felting workshop at Yarnfolk you will be able to buy her beautiful felted wares at the show and chat to her about her Autumn/Winter Workshop schedule.
CeeCee Crafts https://www.ceeceecrafts.co.uk Christine is a knitwear designer who is influenced by vintage patterns and museum visits resulting in a eclectic mixture of colourful modern yarns and vintage lace patterns. Handmade with Love CeeCee Crafts offers the discerning buyer unique, hand crafted garments for all the family.
White Fox Crafts https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/whitefoxfelts Jane is bringing a fantastic selectionto fill up your fibre stash!Aimed at spinners, feltmakers and other fibre crafts people, she has wool and silk fibres, blended tops , fibre packs and beautiful hand dyed yarns to tempt you.
Sealy MacWheely - Spin, Dye, Weave, Knit, Felt, Create http://www.sealymacwheely.com Katie is a hand spinner, weaver, dyer and fibre fanatic based in Kirkintilough, Eastern Dunbartinshire. She specialises in hand dyed silk mawata's, speciality fibres such as Alpaca, Angora and Bamboo as well as art bats, dyed tops and rovings for fellow spinners and filters. She also provides hand woven, felted and knitted gifts as well as teaching spinning classes
The Happy Little Sheep http://www.thehappylittlesheep.com The Happy Little Sheep was newly established in 2017 by Edel. They sell funky and fashionable project bags in a range of sizes and styles which compliment their exclusive range of hand dyed yarns and designer badges
An Irish Knit Odessey https://anirishknitodyssey.wordpress.com/ Ciara hails from Mayo. A fabulous knit wear designer who has been published by Knit Now, Knitty, Knotions, Twist Collective and I like Knitting. Ciara also works with Irish Tourism and www.knittingtours.com as a knitting instructor. This is Ciara's first time exhibiting at a yarn festival. At Yarnfolk she will have printed patterns and kits as well as her handmade notions including stitch markers, shawl pins and key rings. Ciara will also carry a selection of her exclusive hand dyed yarns.
Woolly Mammoth Fibre Company is a small dyeing and spinning studio created by Emma Robinson based on the North Coast of Northern Ireland
Emma uses non-super wash, nylon free yarns spun in Yorkshire for dyeing. A large majority of these wools are British or rare breeds and are all dyed with natural dye extracts, seaweed forged or kitchen waste. Emma is enthusiastic about provenance , minimal/compostable packaging and as local as possible yarns.
Rag Button http://ragbutton.co.uk/
Button uses traditional textiles, techniques and vintage items to make elegant and distinctive knitting, crochet accessories.Irish Linen is the main fabric used alongside beautiful Liberty prints or Japenese printed cotton/linen.
Feltmakers North http://feltmakersnorth.blogspot.com Feltmakers North is a not-for-profit organisation based in Hillsborough aimed at promoting the art of felting, sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas Feltmakers North are back again at Yarnfolk for their hugely poplar ‘Make and Take’ table where you can have a go at felting yourself. You will also have the opportunity to sample and buy hand crafted gifts and accessories
Fiona is the dyer behind Green Elephant Yarns. They produce luxury high quality yarns that are local where possible and ethically produced using non-toxic dyes. Wait to you see her lovely rainbow mini skein packs. They will inspire you!
Louisa Kelly Artist https://www,facebook.com/louisakellyart/ Louisa Kelly artist – handcrafted Irish art. Hand felted and embroidered art works inspired by the rich etures and colours of the Irish Landscape
Parlour Yarns Beautiful local yarn shop in The Courtyard Carrickfergus ran by Jenni Haire. 3rd in the British Knitting & Crochet awards, Best Independent Yarn shop in Ireland 2017 and shortlisted again in 2018. Jenni stocks Stylecraft, Sirdar, James C Brett, DMC, Wool & The Gang, West Yorkshire Spinners and locally hand knit
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Softash Wood https://www.facebook.com/softash.woodarts/ Gordon is a well known wood turner from Ballyclare. He will be bringing beautiful hand turned knitting needles, craft boxes and of course, tactile yarn bowls
Yarnistry https://www.facebook.com/yarnistryshop Come and see Emma's amazing laser cut stitch markers, jewellery, sock blockers, ribbons and stitching related badges to perk up your projects – ideal for all you gadget geeks! Come and have a peek at Emma's beautiful stall!
Thistle and Tide https://facebook.com/thistleandtide Rebecca Delaney is a textile artist who designs beautiful tactile art, hand crafted natural gifts, eco dyed textiles and fibres, inspired by costal living. Come and say hello to Rebecca.
Nicky creates beautiful yarns and handcrafted knitting accessories, focusing on creating small batches of unique colourways to inspire evoke joy and creativity. Enjoy Yarnfolk Nicky!
Lighthouse Yarns https://www.facebook.com/lighthouseyarns Louise is another Yarnfolk event organiser and owns the quirky shop Lighthouse Yarns in Whitehead. Louise helps organise the annual Woolen Woods project with a team of amazing volunteers. You will see the town Yarn bombed with some of the Woods wonderful exhibits. Lighthouse Yarns stocks local indie designers such as Secret Stash, Skein Queen, Erica Knight, Studio Donegal, sublime and of course sheepjes
Loch Ness Knit Fest www.lochnessknitfest.com Already planning what you are going to do after Yarnfolk? You have proven you are a yarn enthusiast or a fanatical knitter, crocheter or dyer - come and meet the folk from Loch Ness Knit Fest and offer a warm Irish welcome to our celtic cousins.
Pretty Funky Fibres Helen is a fanatical knitter, spinner and fibre enthusiast, from Dublin, who will be bringing her beautiful art yarns, rolags and fibres to Yarnfolk. Come and say hi!
Sharon hails from Wexford, A mixed media artist she has designed a fantastic new range of unique handmade buttons in a stunning array of colours. Just what you need to add a special touch to your project