What's on
What's on

What's On


Tickets: £10, £9 (Concession) includes admission to the festival.  Time: 11.45am or 2.45pm

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Eleonora is the crochet designer and blogger behind ‘Coastal Crochet’. Amongst her many crochet designs, Eleonora has designed and hosted successful blanket ‘crochet-alongs’ with people from all over the world (more than 50 countries) taking part and forming a global community around her crochet.

Eleonora will be bringing all her original blankets to Spinning Yarns! Eleonora will talk about her life as a crochet designer and share the full design process and journey, giving plenty of tips to any budding designers.

How she finds inspiration, how she approaches blanket construction, yarn choices and colours and then translates these initial ideas through to a finished blanket and pattern.

Eleonora will share her experiences of navigating social media and managing all the ups and downs this involves and the process of creating and enabling a community of crocheters to come together online. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.

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James McIntosh with Dr Thomas Ernst FRCP

Tickets: £10, £9 (Concession) includes admission to the festival. Time: 13.30 – 14.30

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World award winning Northern Irish knitting author James McIntosh, together with his side kick – Dr Thomas Ernst FRCP will be speaking at the Spinning Yarns Festival on 5th September 2021 at 1pm.

James and Dr Thomas feature regularly in UK knitting magazines/on TV and have spoken all over Europe about the links between knitting and mindfulness that they call ‘knititation’.

From bed bound depression, to dealing with the death of parents, being trolled on-line to dealing with a pandemic, life has thrown enough at James and Dr Thomas in the last few years, one thing after another – but they came through smiling, one stitch at a time.

Come along and hear them speak, you will laugh, you will cry and leave filled with joy at the power of knitting in their new show:

How to deal with [almost] anything …

Dr Thomas is a senior consultant physician in a leading central London teaching hospital who specialises in mindfulness and James is the founder of ‘McIntosh’ – the world’s most beautiful natural wool company.


Special offer 20% off apply code: SPINNINGYARNS available until 1 September 2021

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The Northern Ireland Alpaca Group

We are delighted that the NI Alpaca Group will be joining us for Spinning Yarns bringing these endearing animals each day, showcasing alpaca fleece products and providing information and demonstrations on alpaca fibre and the process of working it from the animal through to the finished product.

The Northern Ireland Alpaca Group is a regional group of the British Alpaca Society, bringing together a growing number of alpaca owners, breeders and enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland. Alpacas are one of the camelid species, closely related to the llama and originate from the high plain in west-central South America.

We are going to be yarn bombing the Civic Square at Mossley Mill for Spinning Yarns. We will be decorating Spinning Yarns with all sorts of colourful knitted and crocheted pieces and would love you to get involved. 

We are delighted to confirm that the Hookery Group and Antrim Reaching Out High St Church Group who produced amazing decorations for Spinning Yarns last year will be with us again this year, and look forward to you visiting their stands. 

Everyone is welcome to pay a visit and chat to these creative ladies.  Get involved and make a manadalas or flower to help us transform Spinning Yarns into a sea of colour once again or to discuss some of the wonderful projects the groups have produced, and exchange tips and ideas.

The Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers

The Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers are a group of craftspeople dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the handcrafts of spinning, weaving and dyeing. They meet together monthly from September to May to share ideas, knowledge, techniques and often fibres. Members range from beginners to experienced crafts people and everyone is welcome. The Guild can point you in the right direction for tuition, equipment and supplies and are always happy to welcome new members.

We are delighted that the Guild will be joining us for Spinning Yarns where they will be displaying their craft items as well as demonstrating wheel and spindle spinning. Come and have a go!

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.  We welcome interest from women, men and children. The atmosphere will be relaxed, friendly and supportive.

Come along and learn 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 about 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.  It was first on show at the 2018 Spinning Yarns Festival. This unique piece of craftwork highlights many fascinating facts for resident and visitor alike.  Historic landmarks, places of interest, heroes and heroines past are represented and blended  together in a mix of wool and thread.

The Hookery Craft Group was established in 2010 by three local librarians all of whom had an interest in knitting and crochet. All current members of this small but enthusiastic group either live or work within the Borough.

The Knitting and Crochet Guild are a group who are passionate about crochet, knitting and all things yarn. Meeting every 3rd Saturday of the month at Merville House, Newtownabbey, all levels are welcome to join, from beginners, to experienced crafters. They are a fun, welcoming group of all ages, bound in friendship by their dedication to knitting and crochet.

Members gather to share ideas, patterns, techniques and knowledge. The Guild hosts expert guest speakers, giving talks on a wide range of knitting or crochet themes, with workshops for their members to enjoy, and refreshments provided.