Stylecraft Purl Party

This year is Stylecraft's 30th birthday and, as one of the UK’s leading yarn companies, that certainly needs celebrating. Lucy and I were lucky enough to attend their ‘Purl Party’ held at their mill in the historic town of Slaithwaite in Yorkshire.

Stylecraft Purl Party
Fabulous birthday cakes

Stylecraft Purl Party
An introduction to the day from Annabelle

The party started at 11am on a bright and breezy Sunday. There were 60 guests, 30 retailers and 30 crochet fans who had responded to their email invite earlier in the year. The Stylecraft team had worked hard to turn part of the warehouse into a fab party venue. The room we were in was huge with the most fabulous parquet wooden floor. Around the edge were tables stacked with inspiration; mannequins dressed in the latest Stylecraft garments, blankets, toys, and beautiful accessories. It looked stunning.

Stylecraft Purl Party - Jane Crowfoot
ane Crowfoot's designs

Stylecraft Purl Party - Emma Varnam
Emma Varnam's designs

Guess which Special DK shade is missing wall

Helen Shrimpton's crochet

It’s always a pleasure to catch up with the Stylecraft Team. We are lucky that we talk a lot and they have become friends as well as business associates. I met up with Joanne who my family have known for years, even attending her wedding way back. It was like a family party. We spent time with Lucy – Attic 24, Jane Crowfoot, Emma Varnam and  Juliet Bernard, and made new friends like Phil from Twisted Thread and lots of other lovely yarn shop owners. The chat and tea and coffee flowed until it was time to take our seats for the games to begin.

Stylecraft Purl Party - Twisted Thread
Phil from Twisted Thread

Stylecraft yarns
ew season garments from Stylecraft

Stylecraft Purl Party - Bingo
Special DK Bingo

The first game was Special DK bingo. Lucy & Emma were our bingo hosts and what a team they made. If Emma ever wants to change career she would make a fabulous bingo caller! I was sitting next to Jane Crowfoot, one of the World’s best crochet designers. However Jane has a weakness – she’s rubbish at Bingo. I must admit I wasn’t much better.

Stylecraft Purl Party - Juliet Bernard
Juliet Bernard's workshop

Stylecraft Purl Party - Attic 24
Attic 24's workshop

After the games we enjoyed a great buffet lunch and then settled down to a two hour workshop. The workshops were taught by the Stylecraft Blogstars; Helen Shrimpton, Phil Saul, Jane, Emma & Lucy taught different techniques for knitting & crochet. I was with Jane Crowfoot and she taught ‘Crocheting with Beads’. This is a workshop which Jane teaches at our Craft Barn once or twice a year and it’s always a sell out. It’s easy to see why. She’s a fab teacher and I learnt lots of hints and tips. I didn’t find it easy. It’s quite fiddly when you first start and I made a few silly mistakes. All of which could have been avoided if I’d read my pattern properly! The two hours flew by and before I knew it it was time to go home and  with a great goody bag too!

Stylecraft Purl Party
Lucy's knitting and birthday cupcake

Stylecraft Purl Party - Jane Crowfoot
Beaded Crochet Flower

I spent the evening after the party sitting in the garden finishing my beaded flower. It’s not perfect but I love it. I then spent Monday night making another one in different colours to use as a coaster and I feel more will be made!

Thanks to everyone at Stylecraft and their wider team for a wonderful day. We are in the process of planning our own birthday party for Stylecraft later this year, so watch this space! 

Stylecraft Purl party
Emma Varnam's toy patterns for Stylecraft