Market Place
Textile Traders
Country Crafts/Food and Drink

The Sewing Drawer

The Sewing Drawer is a new online fabric and haberdashery shop based in Bangor, Northern Ireland stocking a range of modern fabrics for quilting, dressmaking and crafting as well as an ever increasing range of haberdashery. A range of designer fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Robert Kaufman and Dashwood are available.


Pixalili is a textile printing and design studio using natural fabrics such as cotton, bamboo and linen and eco-friendly pigment ink. The linen is produced in Northern Ireland. Designs can be printed from photos and images onto fabric. Have your photo’s or designs printed onto fabric, they will be transformed into cushions and much more, take a look at the Pixalili website or email  your purchase can then be collected  from the Pixalili team at Spinning Yarns.

Pixalili also design and print their own fabric and turn it into cushions, deckchairs, napkins, tea towels, bags and much more. This unique printed fabric can also be used for quilting, stitching, dressmaking and upholstery.

Wee Yarn Designs

Wee Yarn Designs is a knitwear business run by textile designer, Debbie McCann. It features a range of contemporary hand knitted accessories, Dorset button jewellery and ceramic yarn bowls. Each piece is designed and created by hand using an earthy colour palette and fine natural yarns.

Needle Hook and Crochet Crafts

A needle felting artist with a small business designing and producing original pieces of art, using different types of fibres, from Merino, Shetland, and Corriedale to blends using recycled materials and plants. Commissions welcome.

Fabric Affair

Fabric Affair are event traders who specialise in the sale of artisan tweed woven in Donegal, Ireland. They sell tweeds, patterns, books, threads and kits and trade exclusively at knitting and stitching events in Europe, UK and Ireland. They are also regular contributors on the TV craft channel “Hochanda” and to various quilt magazines in the UK and France,

Green Acres Quilts

Green Acres Quilts have all the supplies needed to make your Heirloom Quilt! Over 1500 bolts of materials to choose from.


All sorts of craft themed items such as crochet & knitting starter kits along with crochet hooks, hook holders, stitch markers, bags, cushion covers and mugs.  New to the range is a craft themed lantern and the use of Tyrone sheep fleece that has been washed, carded, spun and used to make brooches.


FeltingCrazy is a small one women business based in Ballymena making felt items from wool and silk fibres such as pictures, scarves, hats, vases, wool sculptures and T- cosies to name a few. Beautiful Merino wool and hand woven, hand dyed silks are used to ensure each piece is unique.

Fiddlesticks Fabrics

A quilt store selling 100% cotton fabrics and associated haberdashery.  Bundles and kits are also available to tempt you onto your next crafting project or get you started on your first!

Nitted Things

Quirky hand knitted items such as collectable dolls, animals and yarn bombed wooden decorations along with all your haberdashery needs.

Natty Knits

A range of quality wools and yarns including cottons, pure wool, acrylics, finger knitting, fashion yarns, cake yarns, Alpaca, Angora and Merino available in a variety of yarn weights including double knits, Aran, chunky, super chunky, 4 ply. The range covers all colours of the rainbow from classic to the most vibrant mixes.

Hugable Bears

Crocheted teddy bears, owls, hedgehogs, dragons, unicorns, sheep and much more in a variety of colours and textures.


Handmade fabric noticeboards and buttons along with fabric button magnets, bookmarks and badges and quirky vintage teacup pincushions. All made from a great selection of gorgeous fabrics.

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm is the work of a County Antrim shepherdess who makes a variety of items with the main theme of farm animals, wildlife and nature such as handmade linen Tote bags, scented hangers and felt notebook covers. Quirkier items include Fairy and Mermaid arts and crafts.

The Nimble Thimble

The Nimble Thimble supply a beautiful and wide ranging cross stitch and embroidery kits, fabric covered box kits, scissors, glues, craft books and a little bit of crafty inspiration!

Crafty Angel

Crafty Angel is a local crafter of crochet and cross stitch. Products include children’s taggies, mobiles, infant blankets, re-useable face cloths and various cross stitch patterns. Orders can be placed for bespoke items.

Parlour Yarns (Saturday Only)

Local award winning yarn shop, stockists of Stylecraft, James Brett and Sirdar WYS along with lots of hooks, needles, buttons and handmade items.

Rock Island Crafts

Alpaca sweaters, cardigans and accessories in beautifully soft wool along with colourful children’s cardigans, hats and gloves with images of animals and scenes from the Andes along with children’s Arpillera jackets in Acrylic fibre.

Jolly Yarn Co  (Saturday Only)

Sian and Linda run the Jolly Yarn Company, a relatively new yarn shop based in Newtownards.  They offer a rainbow selection of yarns from Drops, Stylecraft, Cygnet, Studio Donegal and more plus a comprehensive selection of needles and accessories.

Wooly Wild Folk (Saturday Only)

Carolyn, who runs Wooly Wild Folk, is a needle felt artist working primarily in 3D wool sculpture with occasional forays into pictorial 2D work. Lots of her work is inspired by the natural world around her.  She also provides tuition and sells wool, needles etc.




Faerie Freckles (Saturday Only)

Emma creates needle felt pictures, using carded sheep’s wool and embroidery with inspiration coming from both her imagination and also local scenery.  All her pieces are originals, not prints, and she also takes commissions. Each picture is mounted and framed.





Libby’s Crochet Patch (Saturday Only)

Libby’s crochet work focuses on the use of colour from colour changing yarn and the effects that you can achieve with them.  She has also started to experiment with cottons and metallic thread to create jewellery.  At Spinning Yarns she will be debuting crocheted crochet stitch markers as well as some new jewellery styles.

Maryanna’s Jewellery

Jewellery with genuine gemstones. Maryanna’s Jewellery has been making jewellery for over eight years with a wide and varied customer base. Anything from holy communion tiaras, wedding tiaras and full ensemble jewellery, or just something for the one you love. Customers can also visit the studio and be part of creating their own unique work of art.

Soy & Scents (Saturday Only)

A natural candle company making candles from soy wax, a sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly vegetable resource which also gives a clean burning, long lasting candle.  The candles ore hand-poured often using upcycled containers which are truly unique.  Scents can be tailored to particular events. We are delighted that specially for Spinning Yarns, Soy and Scents will be introducing a ‘Irish Linen’ scent.

Instagram: @soyandscents_ 

Baked in Belfast

Original hand painted pottery in bright cheerful designs with matching cards, coasters and prints with delicious homemade jam and marmalade to compliment the lot.  Gin & tonic marmalade anyone?

Granny Shaw’s Fudge Factory

From kettle to market in 24 hours is a regular occurrence at Granny Shaw’s HQ in County Antrim. It is made using the freshest ingredients and creamy Irish butters in a myriad of flavours. Handmade, handcut, kettle churned fudge at its best! Flavours change and expand but expect Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Chocolate to Bubblegum, Iron Bru and Raspberry Ripple

Rubys Fine Foods

Handmade jams, marmalade and chutnies,

Crème de la Patisserie (Saturday Only)

 Crème de la Patisserie are passionate about their fine cakes, tray bakes with a twist and mouth-watering macarons, using only the best ingredients. All of these dainty delights are hand produced locally in Ballyclare.

Softash Woodcrafts

A local wood turner producing wooden yarn bowls, drop spindles, crochet hooks and various other items used in the home yarn industry. All wood is from local ethically sourced timber.


ARTbyKLOG is a mixed media artist specialising in vibrant paintings and felted artwork depicting local landmarks along with prints and greeting cards produced from original images.

The Honey Pot

The Honey Pot returns to keep the younger ones amused with their keyrings and lucky dips, whilst the adults browse through the yarns and knits.

Handmade superhero and princess keyrings, door hangers, door stoppers and lanyards.

We are keen to hear from Wool and Linen/Textile Traders, Vintage and Country Crafts and Home Made Food and Drink Producers.

Closing date for applications is the 31 May 2021.  Enquiries after this date should be emailed to

Please ensure you read and comply with the following Terms and Conditions for trading at Spinning Yarns. Any company or person found to be in breach of these conditions on site, will be evicted, without reimbursement of any monies paid. Application forms received without appropriate supporting documentation will be returned to the applicant

  1. Submission of an application form does not guarantee that traders will receive an invitation to trade at this festival.
  2. All traders must provide valid PUBLIC LIABILILTY INSURANCE to cover the event dates – £2 million cover for textile traders and vintage/country crafts and £5 million for food and drink producers. If your application is successful confirmation of insurance from your broker will also be required.
  3. All food and drink traders must provide the following (where applicable):
  • A letter from your registering Council advising that you are a registered food business
  • Copy of last Food Hygiene Inspection Report (Letter)/ Inspection Report Form issued by the inspecting Council’s Environmental Health Section indicating details of your current valid food hygiene rating scheme score
  • Copy of your gas installation safety check (Gas Safe Certificate) Issued within the last 12 Months where appropriate
  • Generator Safety Check Certificate (issued by competent electrician) where appropriate

Please be aware that in relation to your food hygiene score we will only accept traders with a score of 4 or 5.

  1. If your application is successful, you will be required to submit a risk assessment prior to the festival.
  2. Electric power sources are limited and must be requested in advance through the application process. All electrical items must have a current safety certificate and be PAT tested and traders should provide their own equipment which must be listed on the application form.
  3. Sub-contracting trading pitches or a part of, by traders is not permitted.
  4. Traders must comply with all legislation relating to Health and Safety, Food Standards, Smoke Free legislation and Customer Protection. Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are authorised to seize or ask you to remove from sale any items which they suspect may not comply with legislation or standards that may pose a safety risk to consumers.
  5. Traders must comply with the Council’s Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures available to view at
  6. Traders are paying for a space as dictated by the application. There are no guarantees for particular positions on site. Pitches will be allocated at the Council’s discretion and the decision is final. Any encroachment beyond the allotted space will have to be paid for and/or could be construed as breach of contract. No sales shall be made other than from the allocated pitch at this festival.
  7. Traders are solely responsible for keeping both the immediate area in front of their trading pitches as well as their back space tidy and free of waste and litter. All traders must, where possible, recycle their waste either in the receptacles provided or taken away and disposed of responsibly. Traders must leave the area clean and tidy after use.
  8. Traders shall comply with the bye-laws or other requirements of the Council or its authorized officers or any other competent public authority and shall execute at his/her own expense all such works as may be required under the said bye-laws or other requirements.
  9. Waste water must not be poured on the ground or into drains.
  10. Traders must set up at the time specified and at no other times and all vehicles must be removed to the designated car park by the time requested. No company or person will be allowed to trade without prior arrangement. No vehicular access will be permitted during event times.
  11. All vehicles and equipment are brought on site at their owners’ risk, and must be suitably insured. The Council shall not be responsible for making good any damage caused to traders’ vehicles, equipment or stock.
  12. Traders will be allowed to apply for Saturday or Sunday or both days.
  13. Payment for trading must be received by the due date of 9 August 2019 by BACS, cash, cheque or debit/credit card. Non-payment by that time may result in the pitch being reallocated. Traders will be charged the cost of any cheques not honoured by the bank. Cancellation of your space after 31 July 2019 will result in loss of your fees.
  14. Please note that your pitch may be subject to inspection by the Council over the duration of the Festival to ensure that all details as supplied are correct including inspection of risk assessments, electrical equipment and insurance certificate. Presentation of incorrect/incomplete documentation will result in immediate cessation of trading.
  15. Traders are required to cooperate fully with the Event Management Team – including Site Production Management, Security, the Emergency Services, Police and Environmental Health Officers, Trading Standards Officers etc. Please note the Council expects all traders to be courteous to staff, other traders, event suppliers and event patrons. Failure to comply with the above will result in eviction from the site without reimbursement of any monies paid for your pitch.
  16. The Council will not accept responsibility for the level of trading at the festival. No rebates will be given to traders as a result of adverse weather conditions, changes in performance programmes, nor as a result of any changes in the layout of trading areas.
  17. If a trader is closed down and/or is evicted from site for contravening any of these Terms & Conditions or prescribed Health and Safety or Environmental Health standards, there shall be no reimbursement of any monies paid for the pitch.

We are collecting information from you for the purposes of processing your application to trade at the Spinning Yarns Festival 2019. This is in accordance with section 6(1) (b) of the GDPR – processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you.

Information will not be transferred to countries outside the EEA. All information collected and processed may be subject to audit. The Council may also process the information for research purposes carried out in the public interest. All information will be held in accordance with the Council’s retention and disposal schedule (see and will be disposed of securely when no longer required. You have a number of rights with regard to data we hold on you – for further information see the Information Commissioner’s website

If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to see this information and even have it corrected or deleted. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter:

Data Protection Officer

Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 2UB

T: 028 94 463113


If you are not satisfied with our response, or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).