Customer Projects Round Up 2017

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 05-01-2018

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At the start of a new year it is nice to reflect and celebrate your favourite craft projects of the year just ended. Over the year we have collected a variety of knitted, crocheted and stitched projects customers have shared in store or via email. If you follow us on Instagram you may recognise some of the finished makes below. As I gathered together all of the images and yarn / pattern info I noticed that crochet seems to be the most common craft. I guess it could be that a lot of crochet projects, such as scarves and shawls are easy to transport, either in a bag or in the case of a shawl quickly whipped off your neck for a photo. I know customers do regularly come in store wearing a knitted garment, but don’t want to be photographed, so there are still plenty of knitters out there. Without further ado I shall share a selection of customer projects from 2017. We can’t wait to see what you will be making in 2018!

A customer called Sheila sent in a photo of the blanket she had knitted in Sirdar Snuggly Dk (pattern- 4749). Sheila opted for the shades as seen on the pattern, a lovely colour combination.

Andrea was shopping in store wearing a ‘Lost in Time‘ shawl crocheted in Scheepjes Whirl – Blueberry Bambam. Look how beautifully the colours flow! She used an extra ball of Scheepjes Catona for the edging.

Marcia knitted a cute cardigan for her grandson in Sirdar Snuggly DK and King Cole Cherish DK, following Rico pattern 089.

One for the summer months – a beach dress crocheted in Scheepjes Cotton 8 by a customer called Jan. This pattern is from Scheepjes ‘The Sea Issue‘ bookazine.

Onto a knitted item using Scheepjes Secret Garden knitted by Jackie . This beautiful rainbow shawl knits up with just 6 balls. It is called Shawl of Secrets.

Elizabeth sent in a photo of her blanket knitted in a selection of shades of Sirdar Colourwheel DK. A fantastic use of this variegated yarn in a Kaffe Fassett blanket design. The pattern is from a book in Elizabeth’s stash – Knitting with the Color Guys.

I appear to have misplaced the name of the customer who brought this quilt topper in (sorry :(). An incredible explosion of colour using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Joan knitted a cowl in Caron Simply Soft following a free pattern ‘Snakes and Ladders‘. There is a link next to the yarn to download the pattern.

Liz came in store wearing a jacket knitted in Stylecraft Jeanie Aran. She popped it on a mannequin for a quick snap.

Sally brought in a knitted cat in Sirdar Touch.

Jessica visited the Craft Barn wearing this beautiful delight. A Lost in Time shawl by Johanna Lindahl crocheted in Scheepjes Catona.

Christina knitted a Paddington inspired duffle hooded jacket for her grandson in Hayfield Chunky Tweed yarn.

Su was busy knitting this dragon in the tea shop. The pattern is actually for King Cole Tinsel, but Sue went for a different look using King Cole Galaxy.

Just before Christmas Margaret came in store with her husband and son. They were wearing matching Christmas jumpers she had knitted for them in King Cole Shine – Christmas.


Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably at Black Sheep Wools

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Patchwork & Quilting | Posted on 03-03-2017

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As I write this blog post the legend that is Kaffe Fassett is sitting in Stephen’s office, listening to Radio 4, working on a needlepoint. How utterly amazing is that!

I remember hearing his name lots when I was a young Saturday girl in our shop in Sale, Manchester. As my own knitting & sewing skills have progressed my admiration of him has only grown. His use of colour is simply breath taking and his philosophy ‘keep learning’ is infectious.

I have been lucky enough to meet Kaffe a couple of times before this week. But nothing prepared me for his visit to Black Sheep Wools. I picked Kaffe and Brandon Mably, his design partner & studio manager, up from Warrington Train Station on Wednesday evening. I was so nervous! I made Matt clean the car (a rare occurrence) and drove so carefully. I had horrors of bumping the car with them both in it.

We made our way to the Craft Barn and their reaction to our beautiful shop was amazing. They both loved it. The fabrics were inspirational and they had never seen a yarn collection like it in the UK. It all boded well for the next day.

Julie and Jayne in their Kaffe Fassett aprons

Kaffe & Brandon ran a patchwork colour workshop on the first day. It was about inspiring people and being confident in your colour choices. Big bold patterns were called for and the designs that the group came up with were breath taking.

In the evening we had booked Kaffe to do a ‘Lecture in Colour’. He talked us through his inspirations and life, both were fascinating. He takes his inspiration from so many different places, a world traveller with an eye for detail. From paint pots to Irish steps, pebbles on the beach, to paint disappearing down a plug hole – wow, wow, wow!

He is a natural orator. I have heard him speak three times now and each time it has been completely different. The round of applause was loud & long, I think we have all been inspired. The talk in the shop today has been of colour and creativity. I want to go home this weekend and make! Just the cleaning & the ironing to do first!

If you need some inspiration take a look at his books and fabrics on our site, I will be thumbing through ‘Quilts in Italy’ tonight if you need me!

Counting down to Kaffe Fassett

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 01-03-2017



Preparations are well underway in the Craft Barn for the arrival of Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably tomorrow. New fabrics have been added to our already extensive selection, fabulous knitted garments from Kaffe’s latest collection with Rowan are out on display – a general theme of vibrant colour is filling the Craft Barn.

There are a couple of bits and bobs to add in today, then we are ready for Kaffe’s Diamond Quilt workshop, followed by his Glorious Colour lecture in the evening. Then on Friday Brandon Mably will be teaching his Persian Poppy knitting workshop.

If you didn’t manage to book a place on one of their workshops or the lecture this time around; worry not, they will be back at the Craft Barn in July.





Kaffe Fassett at 50

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 10-08-2015

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A lady came into the Craft Barn last week with the most beautiful quilt. She had made it entirely in Kaffe Fassett fabrics and it looked incredible. It was very inspiring and also a huge reminder that I haven’t yet shared with you my fabulous day at the ‘Kaffe – Celebrating 50 years in Textiles’ event.

Linda's Kaffe Fassett Quilt - Quilt Grandeur book

Linda’s Kaffe Fassett Quilt – Quilt Grandeur book

The event had been organised by Coats and was held at the ‘Gardens of the Rose’ in Hertfordshire. It was a beautiful setting and perfect for a celebration of colour.

Wisteria - Kaffe Fassett

Pretty floral - Kaffe Fassett at 50

We were also incredible lucky with the weather. The sun shone all day.

There was an exhibition, in the gardens, of some of Kaffe’s most famous designs. The use of colour is so incredible they really make you feel good when you look at them (does that make sense?)

Kaffe Fassett at 50

Knitted blanket - Kaffe Fassett at 50

Quilt & cushion - Kaffe Fassett at 50

And whoever organised the flowers made sure they complimented the designs perfectly.

Kaffe Fassett at 50 table display

Kaffe Fassett at 50 - beautiful colour

My own personal highlight of the day was meeting Kaffe himself. He was very charming and tall! I’m only 5ft 3inches so most people are to me!

Kaffe Fassett at 50 - Sara & Kaffe

However the main focal point was and interview with the man himself. Interviewed by Sharon Brant of Coats, he was truly fascinating.

Kaffe Fassett at 50 interview

He talked about his life & his obsession with colour. He certainly made me question why I wear so much black!

He really brings his fabric to life and gains inspiration from so many different aspects of the world. He spoke about India and the initial trip with Oxfam that inspired his first range of fabrics.

After the interview we enjoyed a gorgeous cream tea. You couldn’t have had a more perfect English summer’s day. The only downside to the whole day was the traffic. It took me six hours to get home!

journey home

Fabric now online!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News, Sewing | Posted on 25-07-2014

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Earlier this year we opened our fabric room. An area within the Craft Barn full of bright colour and dazzling prints. The fabric is all from the Coats range, which includes print designers Amy Butler, Dena Designs, Nel Whatmore, Kaffe Fassett and Tim Holtz to name but a few.

If you aren’t local to the Craft Barn in Warrington the good news is that all of the fabric is now available to order online. To make it easy when ordering online the fabric is sold by the quarter metre. Single quantities will be cut as fat quarters and multiple quantities are cut continuously with the final quarter of any odd-numbered quantity cut as a “skinny quarter.” To purchase one metre, enter 4 in the quantity box. Here is an example of how it works. Where you see 112cm this is the width of the fabric and may vary should the fabric be wider.

1 quarter measures 50cm x 56cm
2 quarters measure 50cm x 112cm
3 quarters measure 75cm x 112cm
4 quarters measure 1m x 112cm

We also stock many patterns from Amy Butler. Below is a selection, ranging from bags and cushions to simple garments. Have you ever visited the Make It Coats website? There are many free patterns available to download for free. This is also a fantastic resource if you need a guide to sewing in zips or binding and finishing.

honey bun poufs


Here are a selection of Tula Pink fabrics cut into a bundle of three fat quarters.

tula pink fabric

Or how about Amy Butler?

amy butler

Then the fun and playful Dena Designs.


If you can’t sew, or are little rusty, then take a look at all of our Rowan workshops. They are taught by Rowan tutors and all include fabric within the cost. The sewing classes are limited to 8 participants and for all machine sewing workshops there will be a Pfaff machine available per person.

There is a further 15% off all fabric both online and in store until midnight Sunday 27th July 2014 BST. Take a look at all of our fabric range here.