Welcome to our Stockists Spotlight. This post focuses on each of our pop up shop stockists. We've created a collage of images to showcase their products and they've written a short bio to tell you a bit about themselves and what they do.
If you’re looking for that extra special skein, the one that sings to you, the one with the colour that just POPS…then you need a bit (or a lot) of FLYY Dyed in your stash!
Created in small batches in the comfort of her new home dye Studio, Rachel’s yarns are known as OOAK (one of a kind) One Skein Wonders because they are exactly that - one of
a kind, hand-dyed yarns with no repeat colourways, in a fantastic kaleidoscope of quality, colour and texture that will make your WIPs and finished objects stand out in a crowd!
FLYY Dyed @flyydyed
Fruitful Fusion brings you a hand dyed yarn experience inspired by the flavours of the world around us. Ishrat loves experimenting with colour and expressing herself through her yarn. She often draws on inspiration from the countries she's travelled to while putting her own twist on things.
Fruitful Fusion @fruitfulfusion
Hi and welcome to Jo.Knit.Sew! Based in South Staffordshire, Jo has been dyeing and creating from her home for years now, officially opening her shop back in 2012. She loves all things colour and endeavours to create a range of yarns that appeal to everyone, from delicate pastels to super bright neons.
Karoline is an illustrator and printmaker based in Birmingham. Her work is characterised by bold outlines, pattern and bright colours so it is particularly suited to screen printing. Karoline draws artwork by hand and then carefully prints it in small quantities. She creates a range of hand printed artwork including greetings cards and limited edition screen prints. As well as printmaking Karoline is inspired by art, craft and costumes from around the world and Eastern Europe in particular. Alongside making her own prints, Karoline also runs screen printing workshops at venues in Birmingham and the Midlands including The RBSA Gallery, Winterbourne House and Leicester Print Workshop.
Karoline Rerrie @karoline_rerrie
'Lam' is a common Cantonese family name with a reference to the forest or woods. The inspiration for their hand dyed yarn is taken from their cultural Chinese heritage and Scottish landscape.
Mrs Lam Yarns @kalokshekellen
Ruth makes original screenprints and collages from a studio near Bala, North
The prints are all made by hand, using Fabriano watercolour paper. This
surface has a silk-like quality and holds the colour beautifully. It’s also acid free,
which means it doesn’t fade or discolour.
Each design is made in a small edition. The prints are individually numbered
and signed. Once an edition is sold out, Ruth adapts some of the images for
her range of greetings cards.
Ruth trained as a textile designer in Liverpool and Birmingham, after which she
worked as a freelance designer and illustrator. Clients have included Ikea,
Sainsbury’s, Waterstones and Marks and Spencer. She has worked extensively
with Tate, writing and illustrating 3 children’s books and a designing a range of
toys, clothes and tableware.
Her prints focus on plants, gardens and animals with a nod to mid-century
design. There is a strong illustrative style, with bold colours in contrasting
Ruth Green Design @redrutho
Second City Yarns was created in 2022 after Jo went to a yarn dyeing workshop. She left the workshop with one colourway in her hand and about another fifty in her head! Jo experimented with different colours in her utility room at home in Birmingham and showed her friends what she’d been up to. She was asked if her wool was for sale and that’s how her business started.
Jo's colours are all inspired by Birmingham, from the Botanical Gardens throughout the year, the gems and precious stones of the Jewellery Quarter and even the iconic 11 bus route! She has recently started creating knitting patterns, the first being the Brummie Beanie, which also takes inspiration from Birmingham. When she came back from Wonderwool Wales with a spinning wheel this year, Jo needed fibre to spin, so has just introduced hand dyed top and carded batts to her range.
All Jo's wool and fibre is non superwash and she only buys British Wool which carries the Shepherd’s crook logo.
Second City Yarns @secondcityyarns
Soft Accents UK produces vibrant handmade totes, project bags and pouches inspired by colourful African and contemporary fabrics, for knitters, crocheters and individuals who enjoy something unique yet functional.
Soft Accents UK @softaccentsuk
Stitches and Hos are a collective of stitchers who use yarn & needles to challenge stereotypes around the art of stitch.
Using natural fibres we make modern knitted gifts to adorn you and your home in autumn and winter.
We create pieces that will become treasured keepsakes for you to use year after year.
All of our pieces are handmade in Birmingham.
Stitches and Hos @stitchesandhos
Established in 2016, The Scottish Yarn Festival is Scotland’s contemporary yarn and fibre festival.
Launched this year, their own range of Scottish provenence yarn is available in 9 colours, each named after a Scottish Clan, and 2 natural blends in either 4ply or DK.
The Scottish Yarn Festival @thescottishyarnfestival
Tina has worked with stitch and stash for many years. She uses her stitch skills for good on a wide variety of community stitch projects. A fully fledged author of all things Bargello her kits and patterns use a wide variety of yarns and stitches.
Her latest kits look at time and how it should always be on our side.
Tina Francis Tapestry @bytinafrancis
YarnTings is where colour comes to play with luxury yarns and fibres creating a feast for the senses. Founded by multidisciplinary artist Charmaine Wombwell, her selection of hand dyed, natural fibre bases, and fun textured hand spun yarns make for a bold, beautiful and boujie crafting experience.
STITCHES AND HOS POP UP SHOP
15 November - 10 December 2023
Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, B2 5HU
11-6pm Wednesday - Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday