2 day festival
2 day festival

About Spinning Yarns

SPINNING YARNS is a two-day festival celebrating the wonderful world of all things associated with wool & linen where we will showcase the colour, creativity and craft associated with these homespun yarns in all their forms.

The highlights will include:

  • Market Place with a wide range of traders, both local and from further afield
  • Craft and Gift Stalls
  • Displays, Workshops and Demonstrations
  • A Range of Artisan Food & Drink
  • Children’s Entertainment

Every aspect of the wool and linen journey will be represented, from the woolly animals themselves, through the various stages of production, to beautiful finished products. As well as artisans and retailers of the highest quality exhibiting and selling products, visitors will be able try their hand at all sorts of textile based skills.

Set in the stunning Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House – Spinning Yarns is a ‘must do’ event for those passionate about yarn or simply seeking a great day out.

Come along to be entertained and inspired!

Please check the website and social media for more event updates and announcements.

This year Louise Kelly, doll maker and soft toy designer based in County Londonderry, will be joining us for Spinning Yarns. Louise is author of two books published on the art of doll making and you can often see her on ‘The Sewing Quarter’ craft TV channel as a guest designer, demonstrating how to make her latest characters. She also regularly writes for the craft magazine “Molly Makes” and has a blogspot “loulovesthis”. Louise has a passion for hand sewing and for encouraging everyone to become enchanted with the art of doll making.

We are delighted to have chef, author & broadcaster Paula McIntyre MBE back with us again this year. Paula, a regular contributor on Radio Ulster, will be demonstrating tasty recipes in keeping with the festival theme.

Also returning is Angeline Murphy who was one of ten finalists on BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, Series 4. Since her debut on TV back in 2016 Angeline now has a regular feature on RTE’s Today Show – Irelands most watched daytime talk show.

She teaches across the country and demonstrates sewing techniques and projects at events across the U.K. and Ireland.

Angeline will be focusing on the topical theme of textiles and sustainability and re-use. 

Workshops, taster sessions and demonstrations are provided by Kathleen’s Attic. Madeline McGreevy, the creative director, focuses on bringing traditional crafts to the public at events and for smaller community groups. Her and her team have many years of experience of craft and working in a variety of education and community settings with all ages and abilities of people.

This year at Spinning Yarns we are introducing the opportunity for you to try out mindful knitting and crochet.  Drop in to our health and wellbeing tent and meet our team of mindful crafters led by Yarn with Joanne.

Joanne has been knitting and crocheting for over 50 years and opened Yarn with Joanne, a local yarn shop in Newtownards, in 2017.  She previously worked in the Health Service with 35 years Public and Mental Health related experience.  Joanne has been practicing Mindfulness for 9 years and completed Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University.

This year at Spinning Yarns, the Hookery Craft Group will be hosting a drop-in area where folks can come and talk about anything yarn related at any time throughout the festival.  The atmosphere will be relaxed, friendly and supportive.

Learn how to knit or crochet, find out about different yarn weights and origins, learn about what equipment you will need to start a new hobby, how to cast on and cast off or how to read a simple pattern. Come and tell us how you came to knit or crochet and share your stories with us.

There will be help on hand and one-to-one opportunities from experienced knitters and crocheters.

On display will be The Estate, a 9ft x 6ft 2D yarn representation of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey which has been completed by the Hookery group.