Soft Accents UK produces vibrant handmade totes, project bags and pouches inspired by colourful African & contemporary fabrics, for knitters, crocheters and individuals who enjoy something unique yet functional.
Each piece is designed, cut and stitched from start to finish, in Birmingham, England.
Vibrant, colourful and beautifully patterned fabrics, in particular, African Wax Prints, provide the inspiration for all the bags, pouches and purses. The character of each piece of fabric speaks through its texture, colours and history inspiring the shape, fold, pleat, gather, mix/match or contrast to create each product.
Soft Accents UK believes in producing durable well-crafted products for individuals who enjoy something unique yet useful for themselves or to give as gifts.
Hi, I’m Jon, the dyer behind Dystopic Fibre. I started dyeing in October of 2020 and haven’t looked back! I’m based up in Glasgow and will be vending at a number of festivals over the next six months. Recently Dystopic Fibre has seen a rebranding with a new logo and a focus on mushroom-inspired colourways! I can’t wait to share a new palette of fungi-tastic colourways as part of this upcoming virtual Cambridge Yarn Festival!”
Kayleigh from @cyndraarts designs and makes project bags of all sizes as well as crochet hook and knitting needle rolls. Her bags and accessories are the perfect way to store your woolly projects and tools! She loves to take custom orders so that you can mix and match fabrics to end up with your perfect bag.
Talking of fabrics, Kayleigh loves beautifully bright colours and bold patterns and combines the two to create her bags. There’s bound to be a combination that suits you!
The idea for her first project bag design came about when she was on a plane and her yarns were becoming annoyingly tangled! From that moment, an idea formed and her first double-sectioned bag was born.
What are you waiting for? Hop on over to @cyndraarts to see more of what she does 😊
I'm passionate about empowering knitters to create beautiful hand knits through my patterns, online courses and in person workshops. My colourful yarns have been chosen to complement my beautiful lace and Scandinavian stranded colour work patterns. I have designed for US & UK magazines and yarn companies for 15 years and written two books, Beaded Lace Knitting & Easy Lace Knits. My online courses include Successful Lace Knitting, Continental Knitting, Finishing Techniques for Hand-Knitters, Scandinavian Stranded Colour Work & Steeking and Successful Socks. Sign up to my newsletter via my website link below.
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Telling Yarns is based on our regeneratively farmed 4th generation family farm in Bedfordshire. Having been raised at the knee of British farmers, it’s crucial to me that I close the production cycle of wool in Britain, where so much of our history is steeped in the success of this industry. Sustainability is at the forefront of every decision made and I hope that the garments and items you go on to make with Telling Yarns wool will outlast us all. My aim with almost every colourway is to create a finished knitted project which looks like a dappled single colour from a distance, but up close, when knitting and wearing it, I want each stitch to be individual with a million nuances of colour and iridescence.
Nestled in the Scottish Highlands you will find Sabrina with her small woolbusiness. Her wool is sustainable and fully traceable to her own flock of beautiful sheep. The North Country Cheviot wool is soft but yet durable that is a rare combination in the fibre world
She offers a wide range of cosy and warm wool hand and machinespun. The majority is undyed but limited edition colourways (handdyed) can be found also.
Handfelted adorable slippers, pattern and giftboxes complete her range.
Sabrina is looking forward to meet new fibre enthusiasts.
We are a family owned and run company celebrating our tenth birthday next year. We specialise in natural fibres, traceable and sustainable sources and an increasing recycled fibre and yarn section. We stock heritage brands including Jamieson of Shetland, Hedgehog Fibres, Jamieson and Smith, Lopi, Laine, Pom Pom magazines and book and all Marie Wallin and Kate Davies Designs books. In addition we design our own range of patterns and kits and dye, natural dye and hand paint our own yarns and fibres. We send all over the world and love seeing customers in store, everyone is welcome.
Rebecca is a designer based on the south east coast of the UK. Her favourite things to knit are socks and shawls, and her designs reflect this. The patterns she creates range from simple ‘TV knitting’ to more challenging knits, but there is always a focus on clear instructions, with both charts and written instructions given where required. Rebecca gains inspiration for her designs from the things she loves – music, nature and friends, and will have a new sock design – Festival Vibes – ready to launch for Cambridge Yarn Festival.
Diggly, The Professor of Fibre and Dyeing Alchemy, brings The Magic of Digglyshire to Cambridge 🐾🧶🐾Diggly is The Muse, The Name and The Paws behind The Digglyshire brand. He believes that life can’t get any better when you get the most wonderful treats (for Diggly to keep going) , the best natural fibres and, through the magic of alchemy , adding love and colour, you can actually knit your dream. Diggly and his mystical dyer are delighted to share with you their love for the finer things in life-the best natural hand dyed yarns, the most beautiful hand painted fabrics, the rarest bespoke project bags and accessories as well as their fantastic knitting , sock and hand gauges 🐾… And with Paws🐾🐾on their Hearts they can say- if you can dream a colour, we can dye it🎨🧶❤️It’s now a tradition of many years for them to give away one (or more) of their lovely products as a free gift to one lucky knitter every time they go Live 🧶❤️
I'm Charlotte, the dyer behind Nervus Fibre and I am based in Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland. Fibre has always been a way for me to switch off and keep my busy head and hands occupied! This is reflected in my love of moody, quiet colourways. Tonals and subtly variegated skein are my favourites to dye. I'm a huge fantasy lover and I take a lot of my inspiration from the characters and landscapes in the books I read.
A Happy Crow is run by Pod: A Non-binary dyer & crocheter who is also starting to dip their toes into the world of weaving. The first colourway Pod ever dyed was a bi flag, and their pride inspired yarns have been popular ever since! Aside from pride yarns A Happy Crow also draws heavy inspiration from the natural world and the changing of the seasons outside Pod's studio in the beautiful gloucestershire countryside!
At A Happy Crow we love playing with crisp clear colour combinations and working on new tones, as well as creating beautiful custom colourways! A background in chemistry has helped Pod develop a knack for mixing and matching colours,meaning all our colourways are repeatable and can be dyed on a range of bases.
Pod is still fairly new to yarn festivals, but they're super excited to join you all at the June Cambridge Yarn Festival!
My name is Wendy and I am the Dyer behind Yellow Van Yarns and I am super excited to be taking part in my first Cambridge yarn Festival. At Yellow Van Yarns, our goal is to create unique colourways on good quality yarns.
The inspiration comes from my Filipino heritage and the places that I have travelled to in our yellow 1976 VW camper van, affectionately named Darren. I love working with bold colours and seeing how they work together to create something unique.
My Mabuhay Collection is a showcase of the bold colours of the Philippines and I hope that after seeing some of the collection, it might inspire you to visit some of their 7000 islands. In the meantime I will provide great quality yarn for your creations and projects.
Maria is a small maker and environmentalist whose aim is to create a yarn and woven item that helps the soil thrive. She works under the name Marsh & Moor, which shows the source of her inspiration, and naturally dyes regeneratively farmed British wool as well as running a weaving project creating one-of-a-kind multifunctional textile pieces which can be both worn and used around the house. All the woven pieces are unique and she will never weave two identical ones.
She adheres to a soil-to-soil model in which what is used returns to the Earth in some form, only working with one wool supplier (based in Somerset) for her naturally dyed yarn. They are Regenerative, GM free, Grass fed (no grains), High Welfare certified as well as EOV (Ecological Outcome Verification) verified. In a nutshell, this means that instead of depleting the soil, they improve it!
Maria will be running a special sale on some of the items in her shop during the fest.
Fiona is a Scottish hand dyer, currently living in York. All Quack Yarn is hand dyed in small batches or individual skeins in Fiona’s garage, often at night when the other demands on her time have gone to sleep! Almost everything is dyed to order, whether you want one skein or a whole sweater quantity, and you will find a range of bright colours, dark and glowing tonals, speckles, and even a neutral occasionally. Fiona loves all kinds of crafting so in the Quack Yarn shop you can also find stitch markers and hand painted wooden peg dolls, with a yarny theme of course! As always, when you sign up for the Quack Yarn newsletter you will receive a discount code for 10% off!
Angela hand dyes yarn in small batches from her home in Cornwall not far from the coast, she dyes repeatable colourways as well as one-off designs. Angela started dyeing for herself when learning to weave a few years ago and this naturally progressed to dyeing skeins for knitting and crochet which allow her to be creative on a smaller scale, and she also really enjoys knitting since working with her handdyed yarn.
Angela is also a busy Mum to three home educated children and started Evizen Design, which is named after her daughters, to work around them from home. She loves yarn and colour, and how they can be used to make beautiful, unique woven cloth, knitted and crocheted items. Angela takes a lot of inspiration from the natural world around her, the beauty of the outdoors, but also from the random things that pop into her head!
My name is Davina and I make project bags for knitting, crochet and cross stitch I also make yarn cosies two different kinds and other accessories. I have an Etsy Shop where i sell all my makes and also a crochet pattern. I also do custom orders. I have been crafting most of my live and love it. I have a YouTube chanel little Workroom crafts where I upload a video once a week.
WE ARE COOL WOOLINGS!! A new hand dyed yarn business that believes in the power of creativity. Our aim is to create colourways that inspire, ignite creativity and fuel passions. We dye in small batches across a number of yarn bases to bring colourways that are unbound by trends, inspired by our own personalities, moods and experiences. We recognise the importance of loving the yarn that you knit with; colour, texture, it all plays a huge role. Yarn that brings joy and excitement will not only reflect in your work, but enhance your creative experience. Sustainability is also important to us. We are a climate positive workforce and try to be as sustainable as possible in everything we do. We also plant a tree for every order received.
Knitting Needle Lane has been established since 2017 first starting life within the Cambridge Market. Now an online yarn shop you can enjoy the delights of our hand dyed Yarns and more. We’ve also cleverly incorporated the use of crystals and candles to aid the calm of crafting by opening our brand new online sections in 2022. Life’s too short not to buy good yarn and crystals right ?! We run a sock yarn club starting on the 1st of each month the theme for 2022 is Zodiac, alongside themed special edition yarn packs available with a new theme every two months. We also run a ‘Yarn Club’ head to our website to find out more .. If you are local to Cambridge we offer a ‘Click & Collect'. Camilla will be giving a 20% discount during CYF & FREE postage use code : CYF
Under the Olive Tree Knits is an online knitting website where you'll find colourful hand dyed yarns, knitting patterns, kits, needles and notions. All yarns in the online shop are lovingly hand dyed by Jem in small batches, and all tools, notions and other knitty bits have been chosen or created with the knitter in mind. Jem is also a designer and specialises in creating patterns for hand-dyed yarns. During the event, Jem will be launching her Summer Knitalong project and also offering a 10% discount with the code CYF10.
Sarah says "I am a Chemistry teacher that loves to dye yarn. I live on the south coast of England. I take my inspiration from the lab and use my chemistry skills to create accurate ombré mini skein sets. I currently have a yarn collection inspired by two birthstones of the month’s zodiac sign, where I tell you about the origins of the stones. I also make stitchmarkers out of the stones to complement the yarn. In May I will release kits to make mitts, complete with yarn, pattern pdf code and stitchmarker set. My next yarn project is to dye based on pH indicators, so expect mini skein sets and full sized skeins in bold rainbow colours. I love to sew and stay organised, so I make project bags using reclaimed and recycled materials, as well as wax prints brought back from Uganda by a good friend. I will be offering a discount of 20% over the festival (so 13-16th June) using the code CYFJUNE22 Thank you so much for having me! I’m really excited to take part"