World Wide Knit in Public Day & Perth Festival of Yarn 2017
June 9, 2017 by Perthshire Creates
Saturday 10 June is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and you can take part at Perth Museum & Art Gallery where local knitwear designer and yarn aficionado Eva Christie will be celebrating all things yarn related. Open to all knitters, crocheters, spinners & weavers, you’re encouraged to bring along your own materials, however, if you wish to try knitting & crocheting, there’ll be sample materials for you to experiment with. There’s no booking required, just drop in between 11am -3pm (suggested donation of £3 per person).
If you’re already a lover of yarn or find yourself hooked after the World Wide Knit in Public Day, another diary date is Sunday 10 September for the Perth Festival of Yarn
Perth Festival of Yarn returns bigger and better for the second year; bringing boutique independent businesses, sheep-farmers and those that practice the fibre arts together to celebrate the best in textile artistry through a large marketplace, classes and lectures, all designed to inspire.
Eva Christie is the Festival’s Director and has been working with her team to build on the success of their inaugural event last October, moving to a larger venue which will showcase over 60 different independent businesses.
A keynote lecture will be delivered by internationally respected Fife-based knitwear designer, Di Gilpin, who has worked with leading names in the design world including Nike, Mark Fast (for Kanye West) and Margaret Howell. Classes spanning the weekend over 3 locations, include Demystifying Double-Knitting, Beginner’s Wheel Spinning, Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving and Crazy Crochet.
“As Scotland’s Contemporary Yarn and Fibre Festival we’re passionate about bringing together independent dyers, farmers, smallholders, knitters, spinners, felters and weavers to help facilitate the best of textile artistry and sustainability. We’ve more than tripled the number of businesses in our Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace, but it’s not all about knitting and crochet – a quarter of the businesses taking part sell materials to support the resurgence in hand spinning and felting arts,” explains Eva.
“What’s unique about Perth Festival of Yarn is the number of small businesses that primarily trade through Etsy and other online stores that come together here. It’s great to have so many of them in one place and to meet the makers. Iona Wool and Uist Wool are coming over from the Islands with their breed specific yarns which are directly helping their local communities to thrive, and Treliz! are making the journey all the way from Athens. As our City of Culture 2021 bid says, Perth is the Place.”
Community is a thread that is central to yarn festivals and Perth is no exception. Despite growing in size the relaxed and friendly ambience of the festival remains important. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet some of their favourite UK podcasters and bloggers at the Lagom Felt Studio Podcaster Lounge and to chat, craft, and flash their newly acquired materials in the large break-out cafe and bar areas.