Who We Are

Yarn Influencers

We have a host of fabulous yarn influencers on board. Take a look below to read all about them - many of these lovely yarn individuals get involved in our virtual events for some added yarn fun - and mayne you'll find a few at our 2023 event ... Watch this space !

 

Yay For Crochet

Hi I'm Gurinder, and I live in London with my husband, kids and what seems like ten thousand balls of yarn. My mum taught me to crochet when I was little and when I had my own children crochet turned into an absolute obsession. I specialise in bright patterns for kids whether that's a jumper for them to wear, a playmat to spark their imagination, a toy to cuddle or a blanket to snuggle under. My debut book "Head to Toe Crochet" is out now and features 15 beanie and bootie projects for babies and toddlers, including monsters, tigers, dogs and giraffes. If you can't crochet yet, I've also created a free video tutorial series called "Couch to Crochet" turning you from crochet beginner to crochet winner. Come say hi to me on Instagram click on my image to get there or visit my website link below.

Sheepish Fibre Art

Hi, I’m Wendy Gater and I’m the indie dyer behind Sheepish Fibre Art, an online yarn shop filled with lovely things for modern discerning knitters, spinners, crocheters and felters.

My small batch colourways are inspired by nature, popular culture, politics - you name it, I can translate it into something beautifully knitworthy.

I have a real appreciation of what it’s like to be captivated by a particular colourway, yarn or fibre, and whether you’re the kind of person that buys for a specific project, or just buys what you fancy, I can absolutely help you find something that will enhance your stash.

Elizabeth Williamson

Elizabeth Williamson is a Shetlander, knitter and now online tutor of Shetland lace she says "I started knitting at a young age, about 3 years old. I was surrounded by knitters and wanted to do the same. My mother taught me and I haven’t stopped since. I now live in England and I have been running Shetland lace workshops. In 2022 I began my own website offering classes in Shetland lace techniques and patterns. I love teaching others and creating new designs and patterns which reflect my Shetland heritage, its rich culture and places" 

Alison White

Textile Artist Alison White's woolly business is called 'Sheepythings'. She creates a wide range of Sheep inspired gifts handmade using British Fleece. These and her textile Wall Art are sold at Wool and Yarn Festivals and via the website, Etsy Shop and Exhibitions. They can also be found in the Lake District and Yorkshire where they are distributed via Cardtoons. The Sheepythings range includes Worry sharing Sheep, sheep Earrings and Sheep Strings and the Wall Art mostly features Trees and Sheep!  You can follow Sheepythings on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.

Christine Perry

Christine Perry is the writer and designer behind the award-winning blog Winwick Mum, where she shares her obsession with hand-knitted socks and helps beginners to knit their first pairs through the Winwick Mum Sockalong tutorials. She has written two books: Super Socks (the paperback/e-book version of the Sockalong tutorials) and More Super Socks (further pattern techniques for beginners) and has collaborated with West Yorkshire Spinners on the Winwick Mum Collection of Signature 4ply yarn.

Venetia’s Yarn Shop 

Venetia’s Yarn Shop is a new local yarn shop in the pretty market town of Fakenham in Norfolk. We aim to provide some more unusual yarns, with a focus on British wool and, where possible, locally sourced products. We currently stock a range of yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners, together with some yarns from Lang, Hjertegarn and Schoppel Wolle (producer of amazing sock wools). We are also proud to offer yarns from Fibreworkshop: 100% wool yarns from Norfolk Horn, Norfolk’s heritage rare breed sheep, which have been hand-dyed with natural dyes by Jenn Monohan. We are talking to indie dyers about stocking lovely hand-dyed yarns and we have just been told that J Arbon Textiles will take us on a stockist which is very exciting.

 

We have only been open for a short time but have many plans for the premises which are quite large. We offer regular Knit and Natter, some courses (knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving are all in the pipeline). In July we will be exhibiting paintings by local artist Carole Ann Grace in our wonderful upstairs exhibition space. We hope to have many more such exhibitions going forward.

 

Venetia says " I am passionate about yarn, about sustainability, about beauty. I hope that I am bringing all those things together in the shop. Come and visit if you are in North Norfolk! "

Venetia’s Yarn Shop – Open Monday to Saturday, half day on Wednesdays. Closed on Sundays.

16 Norwich Street

Fakenham

Norfolk NR21 9AE

Tel: 07967180226

Email: venetiasyarnshop@outlook.com

Instagram/Facebook: @venetiasyarnshop

Website: www.venetiasyarnshop.com (still in development)

 

Emma Ball

Emma Ball- Illustrator, business owner, knitter, and owned by three cats! I started knitting around ten years ago because of stress, and am now one super laid-back chilled business owner (90% of the time!!). A few years ago I felt that there was something missing with what I was creating and felt the need to design fun accessories for knitters and crocheters, and it's all grown from there really... I really want to crochet, but have realised that my brain seems to just not be wired for it- so two needles it is for me!! Favourite projects- sweaters and hats... fairisle to be sure!

Louise Tilbrook

Louise is a designer, writer and blogger. 

Keeper of cats and consumer of way too much coffee.

She prefers to design fuss free patterns, aiming for maximum enjoyment with minimal stress.

The Stitchin Witch

Blessed be! My name is Jen Dollface, also known as The Stitchin Witch. I have an unconventional approach to knitwear design, with an insatiable passion for the strange and unusual. I am obsessed with discovering new and interesting ways to construct silhouettes and manipulate stitches, a process as experimental and eclectic as the inspiration behind it. Mythology, ritual, film, music, nostalgia, literature, and nature all collide in a frenzy of whimsical story telling that encourages limitless possibilities for the craft of knitting. This is a journey to the space between dreams and reality is where I can not only explore the world around me, but invite others to do the same.

Dora Does

Based from her home in Cambridge, UK, Michelle, aka Dora, designs practical, modern crochet garments and accessories, and contemporary homeware patterns. All with a hint of whimsy, and a splash of colour here and there. Her aim is to dispel the myth that only advanced crocheters can make their own wardrobe. Crochet wearables are for everyone and Dora wants to help you build the confidence to start that journey. Michelle started the Dora Does blog, ‘Doralosophy’, in 2017 to share patterns and record her journey as a crochet designer. It looks at the fundamentals of crochet and crochet design, serving as a jargon-free resource for crocheters of all levels. Dora Does offers a space for Michelle to blog about all things crochet, including the benefits it can have on mental wellbeing and personal growth, something she’s passionate about. After all, we are all works in progress!

Burrow & Soar

I’m Fran, from Burrow & Soar. I have a background in art and fell in love with all the possibilities of hand-dyeing. I’m a lifelong knitter, and my aim is to dye the kind of yarn I’d like to buy – colours that are exciting, practical, and beautiful.