Thursday, 30 May 2013

Grace & Jacob - Felt Making & Textile Supplies, York



 

 
Fat Quarters
If you haven’t yet ventured down Walmgate in York (just past Melton’s Too) to the Aladdin’s cave that is Grace & Jacob then I suggest you get down there right now!  It is a treasure trove of fabric, fibre, yarn and haberdashery.  There’s a really great choice of fabrics including Moda, Rowan, Hantex & Free Spirit and you don’t just have to buy it off the roll – there are fat quarters too.  But if you’re looking for something really cute - pick up some Moda Candy.  These are packs of 42 x 2½ inch squares of lovely patterned fabric for you to make something wonderful with.  





Fabulous Fabrics
Luscious Yarns
If you’re a felt maker or spinner there are merino, Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester & Icelandic tops, silk blend mixes and silk tops too including hand-dyed.  Yarns include a fabulously extensive range of Lang, Erika Knight, Aslan Trends and Grace & Jacob’ s hand-dyed yarns too (a specialty!).  And as if that wasn’t enough there are VV Rouleaux & East of India ribbons, patterned bias binding, embroidery threads, machine threads, patterns, kits, needles and so much more.

Yarns & Silk Tops
VV Rouleaux Ribbons
Fiona Hirst who owns Grace & Jacob is very knowledgeable so if you need any help or advice just ask.  There is a programme of workshops and a spinning group that are all run on the premises.  Take a look at the website for more details – or pop along in person and say hi - open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Fantastical Fruit & Flowers (Knitted?!) in Rowntree Park Café, York


If you’re a regular at Rowntree Park Café in York you may have noticed a few changes creeping in – a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers or what about that enormous flower pot plant complete with ladybird.  Not particularly surprising you think - after all it is a café and it is in a park – but on closer inspection you’ll notice that they’re all knitted. 
 
Knitted Fruit & Real Cakes at Rowntree Park Cafe
Knitted Flowers at Rowntree Park Cafe

These are all part of the preparations for the Yarnbombing Event in Rowntree Park on Saturday 13 July 2013.  Feeling inspired?  Then get out your needles and knit, stitch something super or craft creatively!  Come on down to the café and have a look and while you’re there why not sample all the delicious goodies the café has to offer, then take a turn round the park – see the sculptures, tour the trees or take the kids to the play area to let off some steam.  

Knitted Flower Pot Plant & Ladybird
It’s a great place to go and yarnbombing is a fun event to get involved with and there are still two more yarnbombing workshops to go:

Saturday 29 June - 11:00 to 14:00
Hobbycraft (First floor)
Monks Cross Shopping Park, York, YO32 9GX


Friday 5 July – 10:00 to 12:00
Rowntree Park Café
Rowntree Park, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU


Art in the area, craft in the community – get involved, be part of it, it'll make a difference!


For more info click on the links below:

Thanks to Castaway Yarns in Haxby and their customers for the knitted fruit & ladybird and to Pie Waller for the flowers in the vase.
http://www.castawayyarnsyork.co.uk/

Monday, 20 May 2013

Fairfax Court Yarnbombers

Some of the Knit & Natter Group - Fairfax Court, Acomb, York
Today I went to visit the lovely Knit & Natter Group at Fairfax Court in Acomb, York.  I had been invited along to talk to them a few weeks ago about our Yarnbombing Event in Rowntree Park.  Jose Smith had invited me and it was Jose who called me up to say they'd been on the case and their output was ready for collection.  

Crochet squares & bunting
So off I went, intrigued as to what I would find and I was bowled over by their productivity!  They had been very busy bees indeed.  Firstly, there was a fantastic umbrella done by Dot Teal with the help of other members of the group (Pauline, Maureen & Doris), some sensational crochet squares (very now!) by Edna Shilletto, a huge pompom by Doris Swallow (very reminiscent of allium, I thought  - look out for it in the Rowntree Park flower borders!) not to mention an amazing amount of bunting by Maureen Ellis, Doris Swallow, Doreen Fleetenby, Pauline Featherstone & Jose Smith.  We salute you ladies and look forward to seeing it in Rowntree Park, York on Saturday 13 July 2013. Thank you very much indeed!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Second Yarnbombing Workshop - Rowntree Park Cafe

Two Yarnbombing Tables Raring to Go
Well - this time we set up in the fabulous Rowntree Park Cafe for our second Yarnbombing Workshop.  Deborah and I weren't sure how many people to expect but had reserved two tables with Danielle, the lovely manager of the RP cafe.  


 
Yarnbombing Extra Table!
Again we had more people than anticipated and had to take over a third table.  Some were return visitors after our Saturday workshop (so we must be doing something right!).  



This time we extended our reach to Hebden Bridge (not quite as far as Canada but still pretty impressive I say!)

Yarnbombing Goodies!

Here's a pic of some of the things made or brought to the workshop - it's not everything as some things are still "under construction". We can't wait to see the finished items next time! 

Thank you to everyone who came - we enjoyed it and we hope you did too!



We were so busy somehow I managed to miss out on the fantastic cakes they have at Rowntree Park Cafe.  It won't happen again - I saw how much the workshop attendees were enjoying them!

http://www.york.gov.uk/directory_record/103/rowntree_park_reading_cafe

Hope to see you at the next Yarnbombing Workshop:
Saturday 29 June - 11:00 to 14:00
Hobbycraft (First floor)
Monks Cross Shopping Park, York, YO32 9GX

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Paper Trail by Deborah Bowness & Students from York College - Part 2

My last post on this subject seemed to be quite popular:
http://hippystitch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/paper-trail-by-deborah-bowness-students.html 
so I thought you might like to see some of the other transformations that have happened in York. 

So... let's go to the Leeman Road Tunnel (on the way to the National Railway Museum - somewhere else in York always worth a visit! http://www.nrm.org.uk/)  There is quite alot to see along the length of this rather dreary tunnel but here's my selection ...
Paper Trail - Wallpaper

And just a bit further on there were these - I've only just thrown out a collection of videos that looked just like this!

Paper Trail - Videos
Paper Trail - Wallpaper Detail
Paper Trail - Birds, Cabinet & Window


Paper Trail - Chairs & Window

Next I went to the White Swan Hotel in the City Centre.  This building has been an eyesore for years so it's transformation was a welcome change!

Paper Trail - Bookshelves
Paper Trail - Parrots & Pot Plants
The White Swan Hotel Transformed by Paper Trail
As I said before these are only temporary so go and take a look while you can!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

First Yarnbombing Workshop

We had a fab first yarnbombing workshop today - had to get out an extra table and lots more chairs!  It was great to meet so many lovely & enthusiastic people.  Here's a few snaps of our morning  ...

We even had a lady from Canada, who's also going to be doing some yarnbombing over there and we can't wait to see the photos!
Everyone got a chance to have a go - lots of finger knitting, weaving, pompom making, bunting and ordinary knitting.  For some people it was their first ever go at knitting and for others they were coming back to it after a long time.

Basket of Goodies from the Yarnbombing Workshop
Lovely textures

















So .. thanks to everyone who came it was great to meet you.  

Next Yarnbombing Workshop: 
Friday 17 May - 14:00 to 16:00
Rowntree Park Café 
Rowntree Park, Richardson Street, York, YO23 1JU

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Yarnbombing in Rowntree Park, York

Yarnbombing Area in Rowntree Park
Deborah New (textile artist & teacher), the Friends of Rowntree Park & the City of York Park Rangers & I are organising a Yarnbombing event in Rowntree Park, York this summer (date for your diary - Saturday 13 July 2013 from 2-5pm - Rowntree Park's 92nd Birthday Party).  So dust off your needles, grab your yarn and get knitting - or find your sewing kit and get stitching - either way, it'll be great!

 
Knitting on Catbells near Keswick
I've found you can incorprate some creative activity in the most challenging places.  Here I am knitting bunting up a mountain. So that leads me on to say that there is an "official" bunting pattern if you want to use it - it's not too tricky. 

You can find it here: http://rowntreeparkblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/knitted-bunting.pdf 

But you can knit squares if you'd rather - we're asking for 15cm squares so we can join them together.  
 
Knitted Squares & Bunting
I've been testing out the bunting pattern with different yarns and different size needles and here are some results.

Bunting in the Wind















Don't feel constrained though, you can let your imaginations run riot.  In fact we'd like you to - a bird or a flower would be just as good!  Or you may have a wild and wacky idea to try.  


Here's a link to the guidelines for the event:
http://rowntreeparkblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/guidelines-for-yarnbombing-event2.pdf

And here's some ideas from the yarnbombing at York Art Gallery earlier this year:
 
Knitted Pigeons

Knitted Umbrella
Knitted Flower





















Yarnbombing Workshops
We've also got some workshops planned - come along and join in - meet fellow makers, become a maker! You don't have to have any crafty skills to join us but if you have that's great too! Everyone's welcome.  All materials will be provided.  You can try your hand at weaving, knitting, pompom making and finger knitting. 


Finger Knitting & Pompom
(I've used finger knitting to hold my bunting, and pompoms to decorate the ties.)

Then, leave your makes behind to be used for the yarnbombing event.


We've had some great yarn & fabric donations from local York craft shops:

(We're hoping to have some bird patterns for you to try with the donated fabric.)

Boyes, 35 Goodramgate , York, YO1 7LS
http://www.boyes.co.uk/

Castaway Yarns, Haxby Shopping Centre , Haxby, York, YO32 2LU
http://www.castawayyarnsyork.co.uk/

Craft Basics, 9 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EA
http://www.qype.co.uk/place/470270-Craft-Basics-York#reviews

Gillies Fabrics, 2 Peter Lane, York YO1 8SW
http://www.gilliesfabrics.co.uk/

Grace & Jacob, 1 Barleycorn Yard, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX
http://www.graceandjacob.co.uk/

Hobbycraft, Monks Cross Shopping, York, YO32 9GX
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ 

Knit & Stitch, 11 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP
http://knitandstitchonline.com/ 

Ramshambles, 46 Shambles, York, YO1 7LX
http://ramshambles.co.uk/ 

Viking Loom, High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH
www.vikingloom.co.uk/ 


(& Oxfam, 7 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ also Oxfam Books at 69 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY & 46 Micklegate, York YO1 6LF
http://oxfambookspetergateyork.wordpress.com/).

If you want to donate any yarn, fabric or leave any finished items for the project you can leave it at any of the above shops (except Oxfam & Boyes) or the Rowntree Park Cafe.  

If you're local or visiting York go check out the shops in person and say hello and tell them how great they are!


After the event all the yarnbombing is going to be taken down and donated to Oxfam for sale so there's a great charity to help too.  Check out the good work Oxfam does here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/ 

So here's your chance to get involved, meet people, have fun, (eat cake - especially at the workshops in Rowntree Park Cafe which sells the most wonderful cake!), help make the yarnbombing display fabulous and support a great charity.  It could be a life changing experience - don't miss out!