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 –
- Make It Show | FIVE, Farnborough | 24th – 25th February 2017
- The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show | Olympia, London | 2nd – 5th March 2017
- ICHF Stitching & Sewing Show | SEC, Glasgow | 2nd – 5th March 2017
- ICHF Sewing for Pleasure | NEC, Birmingham | 16th – 19th March 2017
- Craft 4 Crafters | Royal Bath & West Showground, South Somerset | 6th – 8th April 2017
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts | ExCel, London| 20th – 22nd April 2017
- The Knitting & Stitching Show | Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh | 27th – 30th April 2017
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts | Harrogate Convention Centre | 11th – 13th May 2017
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts | NEC, Birmingham | 30th June – 2nd July 2017
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!
- The Winter Crafting Show | 30th & 31st January 2016 | Sandown Park Racecourse
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show | 4th – 6th February 2016 | Event City, Manchester
- The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show | 3rd – 6th March 2016 | Olympia, London
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show | 3rd – 6th March 2016 | SECC, Glasgow
- Stitch & Craft Show | 10th – 12th March 2016 | Severn Exhibition Hall, Malvern
- ICHF Sewing for Pleasure Show | 17th – 20th March 2016 | NEC, Birmingham
- ICHF Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show | 7th – 9th April 2016 | ExCel, London
- Craft 4 Crafters Show | 21st – 23rd April 2016 | Royal Bath and West Showground, South Somerset
- The Knitting & Stitching Show | 28th April – 1st May 2016 | Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
- The Knitting & Stitching Show | 5th – 9th October 2016 | Alexandra Palace, London
Keep an eye out for more shows being added later in the year on the ‘Exhibitions‘ page on our website.
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.
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.
- Creative Crafts Show 22nd – 24th January, Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher
- Craft4Crafters 29th – 31st January, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
- Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 6th – 8th February, Event City, Manchester
- Creative Crafts Show 12th – 14th February, Five Lakes Crowne Plaza, Essex
- Creative Crafts Show 26th – 28th February, Three Counties Showground, Malvern
- Hobbycrafts 5th – 8th March, SECC, Glasgow
- Spring Knitting & Stitching Show 5th – 8th March, Olympia Central, London
- Sewing for Pleasure 19th – 22nd March, NEC, Birmingham
- Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 27th – 29th March, ExCel, London
- Creative Crafts Show 16th – 18th April, King’s Hall Complex, Belfast
- Creative Crafts Show 23rd – 26th April, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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.
- Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 11th – 13th September, Event City, Manchester
- Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 25th – 28th September, Westpoint Centre, Exeter
- The Knitting & Stitching Show 8th – 12th October, Alexandra Palace, London
- Hobbycrafts 23rd – 26th October, SECC, Glasgow
- The Knitting & Stitching Show 30th October – 2nd November, RDS, Dublin
- Hobbycrafts 6th – 9th November, NEC, Birmingham
- The Knitting & Stitching Show 20th – 23rd November, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate
- Hobbycrafts 28th – 30th November, ExCel, London
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.
The ‘boys’ filling the van full to the brim of crafty treats.
Beautiful and bright fabric fat quarters will be making an appearance at the show.
Sublime 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.
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!
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.
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!
Preparation is under way for the start of The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London tomorrow. The show team set off in the vans bright and early this morning.
The knitters amongst Black Sheep staff have been busy knitting sugary, sweet, pastel bunting ready for decorating the stand.
Yesterday, Carol was busy sewing the bunting triangles onto pretty, blue, spotty ribbon, as well as adding extra buttons and finishing off ends. A variety of different bunting patterns were used – some small, some tall. This has created a quirky and fun bunting that will look fab on display. Just in case you fancy making bunting yourself or love the colours, it has all been knitted in Sublime Baby Kapok Dk yarn.
I have received two photos of the show being set up so far, which is very exciting! There will be lots and lots of goodies to rummage through including the ever famous ‘yarn dive’. Below is a photo of Steve organising all of the cross stitch kits. Looks like a big wall to fill!
All of the garments are being put up on display including Noro, Rowan, Sirdar and Louisa Harding. Not long now until it all kicks off tomorrow morning at 10am. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for updates and also her on the blog!
If you can’t make it to the show at Alexandra Palace, take a look at our exhibitions page to find a show near you.