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 Antrim Castle Gardens 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.
Antrim Reaching Out High St Church Group who produced amazing decorations for Spinning Yarns last year will be with us again and over the weekend they will be holding a yarn bombing drop-in workshop. 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.
Check out the 2018 photo gallery to see some of the fantastic yarn bombing from last year’s festival.
All sorts of activities including face painting, glitter tattoos and arts and crafts.
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!
‘Try Me’ Drop In Workshops (Free of Charge)
Punch needle embroidery
Learn to use a punch needle tool to make a beautifully textured piece which can be turned into a brooch, used for jewellery or as an embellishment. Punch needle is a cross between embroidery and rag rug latch hooking and using wool people will create a small design with loopy, shaggy stitches.
Pom Pom Cupcakes
All ages will be able use wool to create a pom pom which will be attached to a card cupcake base and embellished with sequins.
Using wool based fabrics participants will cut shapes and layer these to create a brooch or embellishment to be attached to a hairband or hairclip. A button will be sewn on to finish the brooch.
Vintage fabric pin cushions
Linking to the previous cupcake theme, and using locally sourced vintage embroidered fabric, participants will use the embroidered element of the fabric to create a pin cushion. This will be attached to a cup-case for stability. This activity allows vintage fabric to be recycled and reused in a new format.