GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Ray Stitch

Our last shop profile for this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl will no doubt please those knitters and crocheters who are also sewists. Located in Islington (a short five minute walk from Camden Passage and Loop) is Ray Stitch, filled with fabric and haberdashery to fulfill all your sewing needs.

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Pop into the pattern nook and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for amongst the drawers and shelves of patterns. Traditional, brands such as Butterick, Burda, Vogue and Simplicity sit alongside indie pattern companies like Made by Rae, Papercut, Made London, Colette, Merchant and Mills, and more!

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The haberdashery department is also full to the brim with just about everything you could possibly need or want for your project. From thread and zippers to buttons, pins, seam guides, stitch rippers and thimbles there are cunning tools you didn’t even know you needed!

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But it’s the fabric selection at Ray Stitch that really shines and makes a trip to this shop so worthwhile. From Merchant and Mills linens to Japanese double gauze from Kokka and Nani Iro, to oilcloth and sequined party fabrics, to seersucker and pinstripe shirting - you’re sure to find something to suit your project - or perhaps a new one?

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If you’re new to sewing or wanting a refresher to improve your skills, the Ray Stitch sewing school can sort you out with their fantastic classes and workshops. Start right at the beginning with the basics, make a project bag, or learn to recreate a favourite, much-loved garment from your own wardrobe. There are excellent workshops with guest tutors too such as Celia Pym, Forest + Found, and Stewart Easton.

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We can’t wait to see what you all find on this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl! Don’t forget to tag us to your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #greatlondonyarncrawl so that we can follow along in the fun!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Stag & Bow

Founded in 2010, Stag & Bow in Denmark Hill is a gorgeous little shop packed full of inspiration. Founded in 2010, the shop celebrates a wide range of crafts and textile arts and beyond.

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If you’re looking for yarn, you’ll find skeins from Erika Knight, Mrs Moon and Rico. But look beyond the yarn options for quilting and dressmaking fabrics (including vintage fabrics!), felt, fabric paint, vintage table linens and housewares, and many more wonderful finds. Stag & Bow-made products include natural plant wax candles, Crafters Hand Cream, and Use Your Imagination embroidery, cross stitch and knitting kits, which provide supplies to let your creative inspiration run wild.

A tree of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton!

A tree of Erika Knight Gossypium Cotton!

Kits and gifts galore

Kits and gifts galore

Stag & Bow also stocks knitting, crochet and sewing patterns, a full range of haberdashery and kits and a wide range of books on a variety of crafts to fill any gaps in your library.

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Need to book a workshop? You’ve come to the right place, with Kid’s Craft session, Dressmaking, a wide range of sewing classes and knitting and crochet classes. But the workshops go beyond the standard yarn and fabric based options to include an Artisan Leather Workshop, Spoon Carving and Doll Making classes too!

During the GLYC, Stag & Bow are offering 20% off all yarns, fabrics and haberdashery as well as a dyeing workshop in the Stag & Bow studio. Check back on our Events and Offers page for more details as they are available, and enjoy your visit to Stag & Bow!

GLYC 2019 Shop Profile: Tribe

Take a left out of the Richmond train station and wander up Richmond Hill to find Tribe Yarns, which opened its doors in time for last year’s GLYC and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

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This cozy shop is packed to the roof with gorgeous yarns, haberdashery and tools for wool crafters of every kind. Owner Milli is on a mission to provide a making community that celebrates creativity and inspiration in every way. On the walls of her shop, you’ll find yarns from companies such as Habu, Melbourne Woolens, SweetGeorgia Yarns and Manos, British stalwarts West Yorkshire Spinners, Mrs Moon, Kate Davies Designs and baa ram ewe, and gorgeous indie dyers like Bear in Sheep’s Clothing, Qing Fibre, easyknits, Trava & Wool and Spectrum Fibre.

A wall of colourful gorgeousness!

A wall of colourful gorgeousness!

Once you’ve picked up your new yarn babies, you can supplement your needle or hook collection or find the perfect project bag or buttons. Tribe also stocks pins and needles, scissors, stitch markers and beads for the perfect finishing touch for your project. Need an enamel pin, a wrist ruler, a yarn bowl or some amazing jewelry? Then Tribe is your place, with gifts for every crafter!

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If you’re looking to learn a new craft, brush up on your skills or just want to find a group to hang with, Tribe’s got a class or workshop for you. Their popular knit night is held every 2 weeks, and the calendar is full of upcoming classing in dyeing, weaving, top down sweaters, shibori, colourwork and many more. Check out their Events page for all the details.

No matter what your project or current make, Tribe has something you’ll need! During the GLYC, the first 50 Yarn Crawlers in the shop will get an exclusive gift to go with the 10% discount being offered throughout the week. And don’t forget that Tribe is part of the Inter Knitty Express Tours with the East London Yarn Triangle on Saturday, September 7 - book your free tour on the ELYT website here. You can find all of the shop events and discounts on our website.

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!