GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Sharp Works

Tucked away just opposite the Herne Hill train station, Sharp Works is a tiny jewel of a shop that has been part of the GLYC since the very beginning. Step through the door and you find yourself surrounded by beautiful colours and textures, with yarns from lace weight to superchunky ready to jump on your needles. With skeins from West Yorkshire Spinners, Erika Knight, Rowan, Manos del Uruguay, Rico and Katia, Yarn Crawlers are sure to find something to suit their needs.

Sharp Works awaits you in Herne Hill…

Sharp Works awaits you in Herne Hill…

Sharp Works carries a variety of haberdashery, including needles, hooks, ribbons, buttons and much more. If you need to improve your skills, they offer classes in Fair Isle, cables, socks, intarsia and proper finishing techniques, as well as beginner knit and crochet classes.

Tempting new yarns and project inspiration is at the ready at Sharp Works!

Tempting new yarns and project inspiration is at the ready at Sharp Works!

GLYC-ers will receive 10% off all purchases during the event, and several new patterns will be available with purchase. Sharp Works will also be running a lucky dip and offering discount vouchers for future use, so get yourselves over to Herne Hill and see what they have on offer! Please note that Sharp Works is only open Thursday - Saturday, so plan accordingly.

Sock yarns aplenty!

Sock yarns aplenty!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Handweavers Studio and Gallery

The Handweavers Studio and Gallery has been a London institution since 1973, providing supplies for weavers, spinners and dyers in Finsbury Park. Originally located in Walthamstow, Handweavers has spent the last 10 years on Seven Sisters Road, providing a haven of colour and texture for all.

Handweavers Studio & Gallery offers a rainbow of yarns and fibres!

Handweavers Studio & Gallery offers a rainbow of yarns and fibres!

The heart and soul of the shop is its extensive history in weaving, with shelves full of coned yarns of all fibre and weights ready to be transformed into unique fabrics, and looms and weaving classes galore. In addition to yarns, Handweavers has the largest selection of spinning fibre of any of the shops in the Great London Yarn Crawl, along with wheels, carding and combing equipment and dyes for anyone looking to create their own custom colourways.

Many of the yarns are wound onto cones for weaving but could be used in many other ways.

Many of the yarns are wound onto cones for weaving but could be used in many other ways.

Unlike most of the other shops included on the GLYC, the yarns at Handweavers are primarily sourced for weaving, not knitting or crochet, although they can be used for a wide variety of projects. Yarns range from chunky handspun Shetland to superfine silks and cottons, and cover almost every fibre you can imagine.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of branching out from needle and hook-based yarn crafts, they’ve got everything you’ll need to get started on your weaving adventure, from rigid heddle, tapestry and floor looms to an extensive library of books to expand your horizons.

Fancy getting started with spinning or weaving? Handweavers has the tools and equipment to get you going - and workshops too.

Fancy getting started with spinning or weaving? Handweavers has the tools and equipment to get you going - and workshops too.

Spinners will find a wide range of naturally coloured fibre to explore, including Bluefaced Leicester, Finnish, Hebridean and Shetland, as well as an interesting array of crosses to experiment with. Alongside the undyed fibre you’ll also find multicoloured merino and silk tops, a variety of plant fibers, alpaca, mohair, cashmere and llama. Top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindles are available if you’re not picking up a new Ashford wheel. Take advantage of the 5% discount being offered to Yarn Crawlers on yarns, fibre and drop spindles with your passport!

There’s lots of lovely little bits of fibre to get you started spinning with a spindle, or they could be used in needle felting or for thrumbs too!

There’s lots of lovely little bits of fibre to get you started spinning with a spindle, or they could be used in needle felting or for thrumbs too!

Handweavers also offer a wide range of classes for all manner of fibre crafts, with single and multiday workshops. They also run three 10 week weaving classes for all levels of weavers from beginner to experienced, as well as a two year Handweavers Diploma course for anyone wanting to develop their weaving skills to a new level.

Make sure a visit to Handweavers Studio is on your GLYC 2019 plans - their unique background and experience make for a wonderful complement to the other shops of the Yarn Crawl. Don’t miss out!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Liberty

There’s something a little bit magical about a trip to Liberty: the hundreds of years old beams in the building and well-trodden floors always make us wonder about fabric and yarns that graced the shelves in days gone by and what projects they went off to become.

Sewists will love seeing the famous Liberty Tana Lawn in person - and be spoilt for choice!

Sewists will love seeing the famous Liberty Tana Lawn in person - and be spoilt for choice!

The haberdashery department at Liberty is still a stalwart of the third floor. The famous Liberty Tana Lawn lines the shelves ringed around one of the atriums and through another doorway are notions, buttons, kits from Merchant & Mills, Stitch & Story, patterns, and more.

Liberty’s haberdashery department features more than just fabric and yarn.

Liberty’s haberdashery department features more than just fabric and yarn.

The more includes yarn, of course. And as a flagship for Rowan Yarns, Liberty carries every line and every colour, along with more than enough pattern books and magazines to get you going on a new project.

Colourful yarns from Rowan are bound to help you find the perfect project.

Colourful yarns from Rowan are bound to help you find the perfect project.

Visiting Liberty as part of the yarn crawl? Make sure you take your passport to the payment desk in the haberdashery department to be stamped. They’ll also be offering a 10% discount on Rowan products as well as holding a raffle to win some signed knitting books!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Wild & Woolly

It’s always lovely visiting Wild & Woolly where Anna and her team are happy to help - and they also put the kettle on!

The cubbies at Wild & Woolly are always a source of inspiration when you’re stuck on where to begin!

The cubbies at Wild & Woolly are always a source of inspiration when you’re stuck on where to begin!

There have been a lot of changes at Wild & Woolly this year, including a mini refurbishment to accommodate more yarns - and new yarns too! It’s all part of their plan to build community and be as welcoming as possible.

New Tukuwool at Wild & Woolly

New Tukuwool at Wild & Woolly

With yarns such as Tukuwool, Triskelion Yarn, Rosy Green Wool, Rauwerk, De Rerum Natura and Rosa Pomar, there’s something here to suit everyone. Local dyers tucked in amongst the shelves include Travelknitter, The Wool Kitchen and Third Vault Yarns and there’s accessories and needles from Cocoknits, ChiaoGoo and Soak to keep your notions bags happy too.

One of the things that Wild & Woolly do extremely well are their events and classes programming. As well as being part of the East London Yarn Triangle’s InterKnitty Express during this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl they’ve got a great line up:

Wild & Woolly are hosting a book launch and signing for This Gold Fleece during yarn crawl week!

Wild & Woolly are hosting a book launch and signing for This Gold Fleece during yarn crawl week!

4th September - Indigo Dyeing Drop In with Liz Baltesz

5th September - Book launch and book signing for This Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter

7th September - Book a spot on the Interknitty Express and be guided around four London shops in one day!

8th September - A Knitters’ Brunch marks the end of the GLYC and start of the new knitting year!

Make sure you check the Wild & Woolly website for more information about all of these events, and to book your space (if required).




GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: The Village Haberdashery

One of the things we’ve always loved about the shops participating in the Great London Yarn Crawl is the variety that they offer! For multi-craftual yarn crawlers, The Village Haberdashery, located in West Hampstead is a must-see with their wide variety of yarns, fabric, notions and other crafts like paper, embroidery, cross stitch and more.

A colourful cornucopia of craft awaits at The Village Haberdashery

A colourful cornucopia of craft awaits at The Village Haberdashery

For yarn lovers there’s something to suit every budget from Adriafil, Rico, and Stitch & Story to Erika Knight, Baa Ram Ewe, Mrs Moon, and The Fibre Co. Annie has also brought in Blue Sky Fibers, SweetGeorgia and Madelinetosh and then rounded things out with local UK dyers like The Wool Barn, Knit the Bed, and Riverknits.

A knitting workshop with Qing Fibre on 1st September will have you trying new techniques on this special scarf project.

A knitting workshop with Qing Fibre on 1st September will have you trying new techniques on this special scarf project.

As part of the GLYC, local London dye studio Qing Fibre will be hosting a special knitting workshop on Sunday, 1st September and sharing the techniques to make a beautiful tasseled scarf with marling and colourwork. Spaces are limited to six and you can book onto this workshop with a minimum £25 donation to Refuge.

If you’re also a sewist then you’ll love browsing the giant wall of fabric filled with the likes of Cotton & Steel, Dashwood Studio, Riley Blake, Sevenberry, among others! There’s also a huge selection of patterns and books with inspiration for quilts, clothes, and stuff for all members of the family too.

There’s supplies for loads of other crafts at The Village Haberdashery too!

There’s supplies for loads of other crafts at The Village Haberdashery too!

Yarn crawlers will be treated to 10% off at The Village Haberdashery during the week-long GLYC - and they’re also making their own donation of 10% to Refuge too! Make sure you show your passport and don’t miss this stop!