With the Yarnporium only a couple of days away we thought it would be good to turn our highlights to some of our vendors who are bringing non-yarn-y things. If you've got BKFFs in your life that you're hoping to scoop up some Christmas presents for, we've got more than a few suggestions for you below:
Owner and designer Suraya makes gorgeous jewellery, all knitted and crocheted in jewellery wire and accented with gemstones and Swarovski crystals. In addition to her one of a kind pieces, Suraya also sells kits that allow you to make your jewellery for a special loved one, or yourself.
We've long been fans of Wendy's yarn bowls (you know Allison has never met a yarn bowl she didn't swoon over!) so we're delighted that Wendy is joining us at the Yarnporium. She'll be bringing her handmade yarn bowls, along with some new ones that have us starry-eyed! Wendy also makes beautiful ceramic shawl pins too! (Note: Wendy Fowler Pottery can be found in the Great Hall, not the Indie Maker Spotlight).
Local London girl Gemma has the perfect accessories for your favourite yarn-lover. Whether you're looking for a stylish project bag (these are sophisticated fabrics, NOT twee!), notions kits, mini pouches, or stitch markers, Gemma can get help you tame your projects! Some of our faves: pyramid project bags and gin bottle stitch markers. And if you need to cast on something right away at the Yarnporium, Gemma carries HiyaHiya notions too.
Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to make someone for Christmas. We love falling back on traditional gift ideas and there's nothing more traditional, or cosier!, than a pair of handmade slippers. Joe's Toes has a range of slippers made with sturdy felt in a range of colours. You can by their slippers pre-made but we think the kits are more fun - letting you have the enjoyment of making them yourself!
Staying on the kits theme, we fell in love with the adorable stylings of the Ainsworth & Prin kits from The Knitting Shed. You'll be looking for little girls in your life to make these for as the stylish dresses with knit bodices and Liberty Tana Lawn skirts are absolutely darling! They also carry a small selection of accessories including knitting needles from ChiaoGoo.
If you've already got your yarn covered and are looking for pattern inspiration we've got lots of great designers on hand at the Yarnporium. Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits is another local-to-London gal, by way of Calgary, Canada. She's got a wide variety of patterns and mini-books that all feature a clean, modern aesthetic and clear, well-written instructions and accompanying tutorials.
If you don't fancy knitting or crocheting your own jewellery then you might want to check out what An Caitin Beag has on offer at the Yarnporium. These beautiful pieces are all handcrafted and hallmarked in sterling silver. In addition to stitch marker jewellery and tiny silver stitch-saving crochet hooks they also make wonderful ceramic shawl pins and buttons too.
Of course there's loads more exhibitors in both the Indie Maker Spotlight and the Great Hall than we can tell you about - you'll just have to discover them all for yourself at the Yarnporium. Only two more sleeps to go! See you there?