GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Fabrications

A 7 Broadway Market, Fabrications has been providing crafty inspiration since 2000. Built around the idea of being a haven for locally sourced, ethical supplies, kits, and gifts, Fabrications combines yarn crafts with sewing and up cycling in a fabulous space that allows for crafters of all sorts to expand their skills and push their boundaries with new projects.

Tucked into Broadway Market you’ll find Fabrications!

Tucked into Broadway Market you’ll find Fabrications!

At Fabrications you’ll find yarns from Erika Knight, Ten Ten, West Yorkshire Spinners and King Cole. They also carry needles and crochet hooks, scissors and other haberdashery supplies. If you’re a sewist in need of a new machine, you can find Brother machines available at Fabrications, along with everything you might need for your next sewing extravaganza, including organic and sustainable fabrics and dressmaking patterns.

Fabrications is a creative space with lots of inspiration for making and upcycling.

Fabrications is a creative space with lots of inspiration for making and upcycling.

For this year’s Yarn Crawl, Fabrications has partnered with Knit with Attitude, Wild & Woolly and Tribe Yarns to host the Interknitty Express, guided tours of the East London Yarn Triangle and Richmond.

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Free tickets for the Interknitty Express are now available, and tours will run on Saturday 7 September during the GLYC. Bookings are required so don’t wait to get yours!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Slipstitch

Every year we look forward to the Great London Yarn Crawl, wondering what special things the shops will be doing. Occasionally over the years it has been gutting to hear of a yarn shop closing but always joyful to hear of a new shop opening. So as sad as we were to learn that Fringe 108 was closing, we were delighted to hear that it would be reborn under new ownership as Slipstitch.

The bright, beautiful space of the new Slipstitch shop!

The bright, beautiful space of the new Slipstitch shop!

New owner Rosie took over Fringe in January 2019. She’d been working in the shop since the previous year and when it came up for sale decided to give it a go!

We asked Rosie what she’s hoping to achieve with the shop:

“My main aim for the shop is to make it the kind of place I’d like to visit. I want to make it a place you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. My first move when taking over was to get a sofa for the shop and that has been a big hit, as has the new kettle! The shop is full of bright colours and yarns you can come and squish and play with and I’m working on making sure there are great yarns across the price spectrum. But the best thing about the shop is the staff I inherited with it! They’re all expert makers and crafters and we’re always happy to help you with a knitting conundrum.”

Lots of choice awaits at Slipstitch!

Lots of choice awaits at Slipstitch!

New lines that Slipstitch have added include DROPS Yarn - the only shop in London where you can find it in person! They’ve started with five lines and hope to add more soon. Other favourite new products include needle felting kits from Harthorn Handmade. Other lines include West Yorkshire Spinners, Erika Knight, Rico, Rowan and Stylecraft. And they have a selection of fabric, patterns, books and variety of classes and workshops to tempt you too.

Slipstitch will be open every day of the yarn crawl, including the Sunday and Monday when they are usually closed. They’re also opening late on Thursday, 5th September so you’ve no excuse not to go and say hello! GLYC passport holders will get 10% off all yarn and 5% off everything else. New lines are arriving in time for the yarn crawl so you’ll find plenty of goodies to tempt you!

Other special events happening during yarn crawl week include the shop’s regular Meet and Make session on the Thursday morning at 10:30am. Bring your current project and Slipstitch will provide the tea and biscuits! There’s also a beginners punch needle class with Zoe Bateman on Thursday evening and passport holders can get £5 off their ticket. And on Saturday the shop’s first class of their Knit Your First Sweater course kicks off.

Rosie and her team look forward to welcoming you to Slipstitch!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Knit with Attitude

Located on Stoke Newington High Street, the wonderful Knit with Attitude is a light-filled haven filled with gorgeous yarns for every taste. With a focus on sustainable products, shop owner Maya has created a place where you can be sure that your materials have been selected from ethical producers.

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At Knit with Attitude, you’ll find yarns from Black Elephant, Du Store Alpaca, G-uld, The Fibre Co., Garthenor, John Arbon Textiles, and Hedgehog Fibers, to name a few. The shop also stocks needles, accessories and gifts for every crafter.

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Knit with Attitude also runs workshops and knit nights on a regular basis. Upcoming workshops include My Dream Sweater with Julie Knits in Paris and Nordic Knitting with Karie Westermann. For this year’s Yarn Crawl, Knit with Attitude has partnered with Fabrications, Wild & Woolly and Tribe Yarns to host the Interknitty Express, guided tours of the East London Yarn Triangle and Richmond.

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Free tickets for the Interknitty Express are now available, and tours will run on Saturday 7 September during the GLYC. Bookings are required so don’t wait to get yours!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Ida's House

With the changes to this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl and the new DIY format we’re excited to add a shop to our roster that was just a little to far to include before in the previous day-long version of the event.

A cosy welcome awaits you at Ida’s House

A cosy welcome awaits you at Ida’s House

Ida’s House is a charming shop located in Caterham on the outskirts of London. Owner Jayne named the shop for her grandmother Ida, who had a haberdashery that Jayne would visit as a girl. Over the last few years she has built a diverse offering in the shop and a loyal following with a focus on British yarn companies of all sizes, modern designs and notions.

Isager yarns at Ida’s House

Isager yarns at Ida’s House

Brands carried at Ida’s House feature something for every budget including Baa Ram Ewe, West Yorkshire Spinners, Fine Fish Yarns, Isager, Sirdar and Stylecraft, among others. What we really love in the shop are all the adorable notions that no maker’s tool case should be without. Cunning little scissors, Lykke needles and Katrinkles ornaments and stitch markers are among the selections available. (You should see the door prize Jayne has sent - your notions kit is going to love it!)

Getting to Ida’s House is an easy train journey from London Bridge or East Croydon (good knitting and crocheting time!) but the shop has free parking a short walk from the shop too.