Craft Shows – Autumn 2017

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 11-10-2017


The craft show autumn season is in full swing. The show team have already been in Manchester, Exeter and Coventry. This week the show team have hit the road again, making the journey to London for the biggest show in the craft calendar – The Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace. Today is the first day of the show and is set to be the best one yet. The show is on for 5 days, finishing on Sunday 15th October. Along with all of the usual wonders of the Black Sheep Wools stand (amazing selection of needlecraft, oodles of yarn packs piled up high in the yarn dive, patterns and more) we have a special treat just for Alexandra Palace, a dedicated area of our stand just for Scheepjes. We will have all 109 shades of Scheepjes Catona available to buy – a bit like pick n mix! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram for photo updates from the show.

If you can’t make it to Alexandra Palace, London this week, then do not worry as we will be off on our travels again later this month and throughout November. Take a look below at our schedule >>

For any future dates coming up in 2018 take a look on the exhibitions page on our website.

Craft exhibitions for your diary

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 10-02-2017


Show season has already begun here at Black Sheep Wools. In fact our van of goodies trundled off to Event City, Manchester last week for the ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show. This is our most local show to the Craft Barn in Warrington, so it is always nice to see familiar faces and many new customers who our pleased to discover what Black Sheep Wools have to offer.

A visit to a craft show is a great day out. There are many events going on throughout the day including workshops and demonstrations. Plus, when we are exhibiting too it is an excuse to visit the Craft Barn without the journey to Warrington! Browse our exhibition stand and be bowled over by the stunning array of crochet blankets, garments, yarn and needlecraft to get your crafty fingers twitching. Not forgetting the much loved ‘yarn dive’ where you will find some superb bargains of yarn in packets, including brands such as Rowan, Debbie Bliss and Sublime.

We are going on a tour of the UK over the next few months, I’m sure we will be breezing by a city or town near you. Get your diary and pen at the ready……….this is where we will be. More dates for autumn will be added to our exhibitions page later in the year. Details are yet to be confirmed –

Craft Shows & Exhibitions 2016

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 20-01-2016


It’s the start of a new year and we are approaching the start of the new show season. This time next week the Black Sheep Wools van will be jam packed full of oodles and oodles of yarn, patterns and needlecraft. Taking all of the crafts and products on location to Sandown Park racecourse. This is only the first show of 2016, so if you don’t live locally to this one worry not there are many more to come.

There is so much to see and do at the various craft shows including workshops held by the show organisers and fabulous demonstrations. That’s not forgetting the most important thing on your to-do list, visiting the magnificent Black Sheep Wools stand. We decorate the stand with an array of cross stitch kits, garments and fabulous colour packs. The grand centre piece of our stand being the famous ‘yarn dive’, packets of yarn piled in a massive mound for you to dive in and search, all at phenomenal bargain prices.

We hope to see you there!

Keep an eye out for more shows being added later in the year on the ‘Exhibitions‘ page on our website.


The Knitting & Stitching Show – Alexandra Palace

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 01-10-2015


Can you believe it’s already that time of year again? It’s time for the spectacular Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. A whole year has passed since we packed up the van having squeezed crafty goodies into every last nook and cranny that we could find – quite an art in itself.

This year the show will be running for 5 days again, opening on Wednesday 7th October through to Sunday 11th October. That’s 5 whole days to spend in a crafter’s paradise, set in a stunning location in London. Sara took this photo last year of the beautiful stained glass window in Alexandra Palace.


Popular knit design duo Arne and Carlos will be opening the show on Wednesday at 10am. You may recognise the Nordic designs from books, such as ’55 Christmas balls to knit’ and ’30 Slippers to knit & felt’. They also have a popular sock yarn range with Regia Design Line, each shade creating a lovely fair isle design as you knit.


There will be fashion shows throughout each day from Coats, showcasing their latest designs and yarns for autmn winter. Also workshops, lectures and tea rooms to have a break from the hustle and bustle. Once you are all shopped out be sure to visit the galleries area, where you will find work from leading textile artists, along with work from talented students. Lots and lots of inspiration to spur on your next project!


Here are a couple of pics from our stand and setting up last year.


Sara sat down for a moment with Debbie Bliss in our fabulous yarn dive.


If you are booking your ticket to the Knitting & Stitching Show in advance we have a special offer for you. Use code EX15 and get your ticket for £12.

For those who can’t make it to Ally Pally why not visit us at another show in the UK. Take a look on our exhibitions page for the events where we will be exhibiting.

Shows & exhibitions early 2015

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 08-01-2015


It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago since the van was being cleared after the final show of 2014. Now we are into the New Year and all the fun is set to begin again, the Black Sheep Wools show team are going back on tour. It is a fantastic way for our customers to have a ‘Black Sheep Wools Craft Barn’ experienece in their home town or city. It won’t be long before yarn is being bundled into sacks in anticipation to becoming our famous ‘yarn dive’. The first show is at the end of January in Surrey. If you would like to know all the dates and venues we are exhibiting at then take a look below. The shows listed are all taking place in early 2015, from January to April. If you can’t make any of these dates, do not worry we will be back again in the autumn, keep an eye out on exhibitions page on the website for any new shows being added.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Shows & Exhibitions 2014

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 08-09-2014


The autumn winter shows have begun and we are all looking forward to meeting you (our lovely customers) up and down the country. If you are wondering where we will be exhibiting this year, then look no further than the list below. The Black Sheep van will be filled full to bursting with yarn, patterns, books, needlecraft kits and fabric. A taste of everything that we sell here at the Craft Barn and online on tour. If you are visiting any of the shows below please pop over to our stand and say hello to the show team.

Off to the Great Northern Quilt Show

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 28-08-2014


It feels like summer is almost over here at HQ. The new winter yarns are making their way into the Craft Barn to sit snug on the shelves, where they will wait patiently until they are chosen for your next project (and on the virtual shelves online too).  The new sample garments have been arriving in the post to many oooh’s and ahhh’s from us office girls. Keep an eye out for many of the sample garments in future posts of #TryitTuesday.

What’s really making me feel like winter is on its way (not just the drop in temperature) is the start of show season. As I write this the van is being stocked up with many wonderful goodies ready for the first day of the Great Northern Quilt show tomorrow. The show team will be heading off to Harrogate shortly to set up our stand. If you are visiting the show pop on over to our stand where you will find lots of yarn, books, cross stitch kits and fabric too! The show is on until Sunday 31st August.

set_up_quiltThe ‘boys’ filling the van full to the brim of crafty treats.

fabric_quiltBeautiful and bright fabric fat quarters will be making an appearance at the show.

sublime_kitsSublime Lace Jasmine wrap kits waiting to be packed up.

If you can’t make it to the show in Harrogate this weekend, take a look at our exhibitions page and find out where else we will be exhibiting this year.

Save the Children – Woolly Wonderland

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 06-12-2013


Many of you may have heard about Christmas jumper day. A fantastic idea thought up by Save the Children, where for one day everyone dresses up in their favourite Christmas jumper to help raise money for the charity. This money will help to save the lives of vulnerable children in the poorest countries throughout the world. Here at Black Sheep Wools we are all getting quite excited about Christmas jumper day. Lots of members of staff have been busy knitting their own jumpers and accessories for wearing on the day (next Friday 13th December). I imagine the knitting needles will be working full speed this weekend!

This year Save the Children have teamed up with Westfield London W12 to showcase a Christmas pop- up, ‘Woolly Wonderland‘. There will be special guest appearances – including Save the Children Ambassador Myleene Klass, experts on hand to help jazz up your knits – Debbie Bliss and Sue Stratford plus lots of activities for all the family. The events will run from 5th – 13th December at the Westfield shopping centre in London W12.

Here is a little more info from Save the Children –

‘At Woolly Wonderland, the experts at John Lewis will be on hand to help decorate Christmas jumpers at customisation workshops, using fashionable textiles and haberdashery to transform them into exciting additions to this year’s winter wardrobes. What’s more, Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit with story-telling, giveaways and fun activities.’

If you would like to find out a little more about the event and how to sign up to the workshops head to Save the Children – Woolly Wonderland page now. This sounds like a week packed full of fun and if you live in the London area a must visit!

The Knitting & Stitching Show 2013

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 16-10-2013


Whilst at Ally Pally Sara went for a wander around the Knitting & Stitching show and bumped into some familar faces. We even had Debbie Bliss finding a cosy spot in our yarn dive!


Here is Karl from Rowan and Rowan designer Sarah Hatton


Jane Crowfoot and her daughter at the Janie Crow stand. Looks like lots of beautiful crochet there!


Debbie Abrahams sporting a pretty, beaded head band. I can spot so many lovely knits from Debbie and Jane’s book Kaleidoscope book behind her.


Here is Debbie Bliss finding the best seat in the house! It has to be the Black Sheep Wools yarn dive.

And the show begins……

Posted by Amy | Posted in Shows & Exhibitions | Posted on 11-10-2013


Yesterday saw the doors open to the Knitting & Stitching show 2013. The Black Sheep show team were raring to go with the stand fully stocked, complete with the pretty bunting.


Below a photo of the ‘yarn dive’ early in the morning.


In the evening it was time for the British Knitting Awards presentation. I may have mentioned once or twice before we won ‘Best Knitting Blog’ (yay!) and ‘Best Independent Store – North of England’. Here is Sara with Emma from Sirdar and Ian from Designer Yarns.


Sara with Debbie Bliss


This morning Mike was making friends with two ladies from Canada and Nashville. They sure have made quite a journey to visit the show!


It looked pretty busy at the yarn dive today. Lots of rummaging and un-earthing treasures I imagine.


If you are going to the show be sure to say hello to the team on stand C16!