Easter Extravaganza

Our Easter holiday opening hours are:

Good Friday       10.00 – 5.30
Easter Saturday  09.00 – 5.30
Easter Sunday    Closed
Easter Monday   10.00—4.30

On Easter Monday do not miss our Great Offers (up to 50% off) and the revealing of the winner of our Giant Limited Edition Easter Egg Competition. Just guess the name of our needle felted “Boy Owl “ and win this fabulous egg.

The competition is open now at £1 per entry with the proceeds being donated to the Newbury Cats Protection Charity. The winner will be announced at 3 pm on Easter Monday. In the event of multiple correct entries these will be put together and the winner will be drawn.

Yarn of the Week

We are starting April with two yarns from King Cole, Fashion Aran and Riot DK, these are two favourites, and will be available at 20% discount from Monday March 30th until Sunday April 12th, another two yarns will be announced from April 13th. The discount covers yarns in stock and for pre-paid orders.

easterNeedle Felted Animals, accompanying our Boy Owl we now have “Percy” the Penguin. If you would like to learn to make these models, enroll in our “Needle Felting” Course on Saturday April

11th and take home a cute model, spaces are still available, from 10.00 – 3.00 at £45 including course materials.

New Products

In addition to Brittany Needles we have now added single pointed Knit Pro Wooden Needles, these are very high quality, are very nice to use and a good alternative to Brittany.

We are pleased to promote YarnFest customer, “Pea Brodhurst” with her new book, “Do Goats Go To Heaven”, this is a great comical read of her life and fun with “Shreddie” (the goat!). We have this book in stock and it’s a nice gift for any occasion. Look out for Shreddie around town, he goes everywhere with Pea!

Updates

  • Sock Club. The next meeting is 7pm April 27th, later than normal due to Easter and other clashing dates.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. We still have one seat available, please contact us as soon as possible if you want to join us on this great day out. The cost is £36.00, includes travel and entrance ticket.
  • Spinning Day. There were three spinning wheels present and whilst there were few attendees the day was very enjoyable and we introduced some new people to the world of spinning. We plan to hold a similar meeting later in the year.
  • Duck Eggs. Check out our local Duck Eggs from the “Happy Ducks of Horsemoor Farm” in Chieveley at £2.00 for pack of 6. They taste great , are bigger than hens eggs and ideal to cook with.

Courses

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* At 01.04.15— Call for Updates
** Includes Kit to make a small animal
***Incudes a Tunisian Crochet Hook

New Booking Conditions. With immediate effect we are implementing a minimum period of 3 clear days notice required to change an existing booking. We would appreciate everyone’s understanding for us needing to set this criteria. Genuine cases of emergency will always be looked at sympathetically.

New Sewing Course. We are currently discussing with a local team to provide sewing courses, these would be on a regular basis and cover all aspects from sewing machine instruction to producing garments of differing levels of complexity. Classes will be for four persons and include the provision of sewing machines. For us to gauge interest, please let us know if you would be interested, there is no obligation.

New Yarn of the Week

Yarn of the Week

We are starting March with two yarns from King Cole, Riot Chunky and Riot DK, these are two favourites, and will be available at 20% discount from Monday March 2nd until Sunday March 15th, another two yarns will be announced from March 16th. The discount covers yarns in stock and for pre-paid orders.

Clearance Yarns

There are still yarns on the shelf though they are running down quickly, visit early for 30% off some lovely yarns.

Please note we cannot accept returns for yarns sold under “Clearance” unless faulty and loyalty vouchers do not apply to these transactions.

New Products

Stylecraft Malabar Aran Cotton with Silk is a lovely new soft yarn for spring and summer and comes with a great selection of patterns. Also we have two new 4 ply cottons from King Cole and Sirdar. Check our shelves for new books from Rowan and Debbie Bliss.

Updates

  • Sock Club. Following our first meeting on February 16th Tracy has registered the group on Facebook and Ravelry as “Newbury Sock Club. The next meeting will be at YarnFest on Monday March 16th at 7.00pm and new members who are sock knitters will be welcome.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. Our booking has been confirmed with Bailey’s Coaches of Hermitage to whisk us to Wales in a new 22 seat luxury coach. Leaving YarnFest at 8.30, we expect to arrive at Wonderwool around 11.00am and will leave at 4.00pm, expecting to arrive back at 6.30pm, approx. There are currently two spaces available for this trip, if you are interested in this great day out then call us as soon as possible, the cost is £36.00 including your entrance ticket to the event. Parking will be available for the day at Yarnfest.
  • Spinning Day. Apologies for the error in our February newsletter that stated a February date instead of March! The event is on Sunday March 8th between 12.00—4.00pm. This is an informal gathering where customers can bring their spinning wheels and those who are interested can also try their hand at the art!
  • Knit and Natter. Since starting these meetings almost four years ago we have strived to improve our facilities to host such meetings. Our latest development has seen new tables and cupboards installed and the provision of “Café” snacks and hot drinks. However creating such facilities comes at a cost and from March 9th 2015 we shall be making a small charge of £2.00 per person to attend Knit and Natter meetings that are held during the day. This will currently cover the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon meetings. We hope that everyone understands the reasons for this development and that you will better enjoy the experience of using our new improved facility.
  • Mini – Café. Try our new look café area while you browse, and enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee and choose from a range of snacks, including, soups, biscuits, cakes, brownies and bars, and bring your knitting!

Do not forget Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 15th.
Visit us for Gifts and Gift Vouchers

Courses

yfcoursesmarchRefreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk
We have introduced two new categories of courses from this month: An Introduction to Needle Felting (Sat April 11th) our new tutor, Dawn, will run this course during which you will be making a small animal. No experience is necessary and all tools and materials are included in the cost of the course. Dawn can teach a maximum of eight persons so book early!

Our second new course is Tunisian Entrelac Crochet (Sat May 2nd) and follows on from our successful Entrelac Knitting course. A Tunisian crochet hook is included in the cost of the course.

Customer Corner

custmarCongratulations to Karen Hackwood this months winner of Customer Corner.

Call into the shop to collect your prize.

Send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com or bring your finished pieces in store to enter.

February News

Yarn of the Week!

From Monday February 2nd we shall be featuring a weekly in store yarn promotion. Each week we shall offer a popular yarn at 20% discount that applies to stock and paid orders transacted during the week (Monday to Sunday), however loyalty vouchers cannot be used with this promotion. The yarn on offer for our first week will be the beautiful 100% wool, Blue Faced Leicester Aran from West Yorkshire Spinners, a new yarn offer will then appear each subsequent Monday.

Clearance Deals

Our clearance deals will remain until sold out, they are going down quickly but we still have some nice lines left including:

  • Sirdar Sublime,
  • Debbie Bliss Roma,
  • Rowan Fazed Tweed
  • and King Cole Bamboozle.

There is still enough available to complete your projects, though time is running out so hurry to bag that bargain!

New Products

  • Following their earlier success “Yarn Buddies” are back in stock
  • Check out our new buttons and our re-stocked “Hemline Haberdashery“ cabinet
  • New yarns include the return of “Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino” with new patterns
  • New from “Louise Harding” we have “Noema” with a selection of great pattern books
  • See the full range of “Artesano Alpaca Heather“ (DK Alpaca & Wool 50g Skein), a selection of “Definition Sock yarn” and “Alpaca Silk Lace”. All “Artesano patterns” are now available free when downloaded as a PDF file. Also from Artesano we are stocking “KA Asymmetric circular sock needles” for “Knitting socks in the round”
  • Try the new “KA Square Weaving Loom” and use up your spare wool to quickly create 10cm x 10cm “Place mats, coasters, shawls” and other fun and useful things. An essential accessory for all knitters!

Updates

  • New “Sock Club”. Our first meeting will take place on Monday February 16th at 7.00pm. This event is for experienced sock knitters to exchange ideas, show their socks and enjoy a convivial evening until it is time to “Put a sock in it!” If the inaugural meeting is successful this event will be held each month. For more details call Tracy at YarnFest.
  • Wonderwool Wales Saturday April 25th. We need to finalise numbers for this event as soon as possible. To enable us to arrange transport we need to have the names of all who wish to go by Friday February 20th. Once we have the transport organised we will be able to define the cost and times, you will then need to confirm your booking and pay a non returnable deposit. Call us if you need any further information or go to www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk
  • Spinning Day Come along on Sunday February 8th to our first spinning day, if you spin bring your wheel or if you are interested or just curious come along and try it yourself, it’s a great craft , addictive and a very satisfying pastime. For more information call us at the shop.
  • Suspension of Thursday Late Opening – From February 1st 2015 we shall be closing at our regular time of 5.30 pm though we shall keep the situation under review dependant on demand. The earlier closing on Thursdays does not effect the Thursday evening Knitting Group which will be held us normal hosted by Tracy
  • The Entrelac knitting course still has spaces available, we have a sample of this fascinating craft in the shop and it is attracting a lot of interest.
  • Knooking. We are investigating this craft which is a mixture of Knitting and Crochet and have some new Knooking needles in stock if you would like to try it.
  • Knitted Garments – We are now offering a knitting service to produce a knitted garment to most patterns held in stock. To price a pattern to have knitted please contact the shop. This service is universally available to anyone.

2015 Workshops

Refreshments are available all day.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

Do Not forget our Knitting Surgery with Jonna, between 1 –2 pm on most Saturdays.

Call to check dates.

CUSTOMER CORNER

Congratulations to Sophie Hale

cust febThis month’s winner of Customer Corner. Call into the shop to collect your prize.

Send your snaps to yarnfest@btconnect.com or bring your finished pieces in store to enter.

January Sale!

Starts on Friday January 2nd and ends on Sunday January 11th

25% off all yarns*

*While stocks last. Stylecraft Special DK excluded from this sale.

New Items: Yarns and Patterns

King Cole Opium

See the range of new multi colours for that King Cole favourite, Opium yarn. With new patterns now using 4mm and 3.25mm producing a tighter knit to the finished garment.

Stylecraft Eskimo Kisses

A new “Fluffy” double knit yarn in 50g balls with a range of attractive patterns. Currently we have two shades in stock.
opium

eskimo

2015 Workshops

2015 courses

Refreshments are available all day.

  • Our Entrelac Knitting Course : – For those that do not know, Entrelac is a technique used to create textured diamonds.
  • The Unwinders Knitting Group meets on alternative Monday evenings from 8.00 pm at YarnFest. Call the shop for confirmation of dates.
  • Our Thursday evening knitting group is getting ever popular and new members are welcome to knit, crochet or spin (bring your wheel). Knit n Natter and enjoy a hot or cold drink. Also we are looking to form a “Sock Group” please call for more info’.
  • Formal knitting groups receive a 10% discount on yarns purchased at their meeting.
  • Coach trip to “Wonderwool” Wales 25/26th April. Let us know if you are interested.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

A Very Merry Christmas to our Customers from All at Yarnfest

Christmas Specials and Present Ideas

  • Spend £40 on yarns and accessories and receive a free Knitting Bag (value £20)*
  • Spend £50 on yarns and accessories and receive a free Craft/Knit Bag (value £25)*
  • Easy Lace Scarf Kit, contains Rowan and Debbie Bliss yarn with Brittany needles and pattern for a special “Christmas” price of £19.99.
  • Join us on Thursday December 18th between 5 pm and 7 pm for drinks and nibbles and enjoy our exclusive Christmas deals.
  • Marblz Collection of Knit Pro Needles contains 8 pairs of needles, cables and caps, a fabulous limited edition gift, at £63.99.
  • Keep your yarn tidy and safe with a “Yarn Buddy” £21.99, a perfect gift.
    YarnFest Gift Vouchers for any value, available with your own personalised cards.
  • Other Christmas ideas: Cross Stitch Kits, Crochet Hook Sets, Children’s Knitting and Crochet Kits, super Books from Rowan, Debbie Bliss, King Cole and more.
  • See our new yarns, King Cole “Halo” Snood, ready to wear without knitting, cheat at only £4.99!! Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK in 50g balls, spoil yourself only £11.99 a ball!
  • Well done everyone who purchased Gills Crochet Poppies. We raised the fantastic sum of £103.38 for the royal British Legion Poppy appeal, this was the second largest amount raised in our area of Hermitage and Frilsham. Thanks to you all.

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*Limited offer, subject to stock availability. Not applicable with other offers Loyalty Vouchers are not valid with this offer

Workshops 2014/15

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* Includes 1 ball of Sock Wool & a set of DP Needles

** Includes 1 skein of WYS yarn
*** Includes 25mm Broomstick

  • The Unwinders Knitting Group meets on alternative Monday evenings from 8.00 pm at YarnFest. Call the shop for confirmation of dates.
  • Our Thursday evening knitting group is getting ever popular and new members are welcome to knit, crochet or spin (bring your wheel). Knit n Natter and enjoy a hot or cold drink.
  • Formal knitting groups receive a 10% discount on yarns purchased at their meeting.
  • Coach trip to “Wonderwool” Wales 25/26th April. Let us know if you are interested. www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk for further details

August Craft Day & New Workshops!

August Craft Day

Our first craft day whilst delayed a week and unfortunately missing some stallholders due to the bad weather forecast, fortunately turned into a success, raising £148 from the stall proceeds and raffle for the Cats Protection.

We are now planning a Christmas Craft Fayre for Sunday November 9th that will be under cover, if you wish to have a stall please contact us, the cost will £10 per entry. More news will follow in our October Newsletter.

News & Updates

  • When you attend a workshop and get 10% off yarns on the day.
  • Scarf yarns are back, see our “Krystal Fur” from King Cole.
  • The 50% basket is well stocked and worth a look!
  • Children’s Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Cross Stitch Kits
  • Hand crocheted cotton wash cloth with soap, makes a nice gift.
  • Roving Blue Faced Leicester Fleece for spinning or felting.
  • New Thursday evening knitting group (7 pm – 10pm). Contact us for details
  • YarnFest Courses August to November 2014

    Day

    Date

    Course

    Duration

    Time

    Cost

    Code

    Saturday

    06Sep

    Fair Isle Knitting Stage 1

    2 Hours

    2 am 4 pm

    £23.00

    AA4201

    Sunday

    06Sep

    Intermediate Crochet

    3 Hours

    10.30 1.30

    £23.00

    AA4712

    Sunday

    07Sep

    Advanced Crochet

    3 Hours

    10.30 1.30

    £23.00

    AA4072

    Tuesday

    16Sep

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5032

    Saturday

    20Sep

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    2.00 4.00

    £23.00

    AA4202

    Sunday

    21Sep

    Beginners Crochet

    3 Hours

    11.00 2.00

    £23.00

    AA4184

    Tuesday

    30Sep

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5033

    Saturday

    04Oct

    Domino Knitting

    6 Hours

    10.00 4.00*

    £44.00

    AA4204

    Saturday

    11Oct

    Intermediate Crochet

    3 Hours

    2.00 5.00

    £23.00

    AA4735

    Sunday

    12Oct

    Advanced Crochet

    3 Hours

    11.00 2.00

    £23.00

    AA4736

    Tuesday

    14Oct

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5036

    Saturday

    18Oct

    Lace Knitting

    4 Hours

    9.00 1.00

    £38.00

    AA4737

    Saturday

    25Oct

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    2.00 4.00

    £23.00

    AA5017

    Saturday

    01Nov

    Beginners Crochet

    3 Hours

    02.00 5.00

    £23.00

    AA4738

    Tuesday

    04Nov

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5037

    Tuesday

    04Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 1 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £50.00

    AA5040

    Tuesday

    11Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 2 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    Tuesday

    11Nov

    Beginners Knitting

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £23.00

    AA5038

    Tuesday

    25Nov

    Beginners Knitting Stage 2

    3 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    £24.00

    AA5039

    Tuesday

    25Nov

    Sock Workshop Session 3 of 4

    2 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    Wednesday

    02Dec

    Sock Workshop Session 4 of 5

    3 Hours

    7.00 9.00 PM

    Paid

    xxx

    * Lunch (1 Hour) not included, refreshments are available. A parent must accompany children.

    For further information on any of the above workshops, please call us on 01635 201660

Great New Workshops This Summer!

We’ve got some great workshops coming up, something for everyone including children.

See our latest offers, including an assortment of King Cole DK yarns at £15 for a pack of 12 balls.

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New products for July include a Haberdashery and Ribbons.

Knit N Natter Café
Our café is proving popular and gaining in reputation with fresh ground coffee and biscuits, join us any time with your knitting and crochet.

We are pleased to welcome the ‘Unwinders’  Knitting group, who meet alternate Monday evenings at the shop from 8 – 10.30pm. Phone us for more details if you’d like to come along.

If you are a member of an organised knitting group you will receive 10% discount on our yarns on presentation of your membership card. Tell your friends!  (Please note the discount is not available as an addition to other current offers). This offer is only available to official groups with a formal membership list who issue members with ID cards.

WORKSHOPS
Crochet

Beginners        Saturday July 26th    2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate     Sunday July 27th     1.00 – 4.00
Beginners        Saturday August 16th    2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate     Sunday August 17th    1.00 – 4.00
Advanced        Sunday September 7th      10.30 -1.30

£23.00 per person per session

Domino Knitting – SPACES AVAILABLE
*Includes lunch break (lunch is not provided)
Make a pot holder and learn the fascinating technique of knitting squares without joins. Basic knitting skills required. Course includes a ball of yarn.

26th July 10am – 4pm

£44.00 per person per session

Workshops – Knitting

Beginner’s basics    Sat      Jul  19th          2.00 – 4.00
Intermediate            Sat      Aug 30th         2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

Fair Isle 1**               Sat      Sept  9th         2.00 – 4.00
Fair Isle 2***              Sat      Sept 20th        2.00 – 4.00
Sat      Sept 27th        2.00 – 4.00
Sat      Oct    4th         2.00 – 4.00

£23.00 per person per session

**Includes learning to read a Fair Isle chart and knitting up a sample
***Make a Fair Isle scarf/stole

Children’s Workshops
(suitable for ages from 6 years+, a parent will need to be present)

Learn to Knit            Fri Aug  8th     11.00 – 12.00  Needles and yarn provided
Learn to Crochet     Fri Aug 15th     11.00 – 12.00  Hook and yarn provided
Pom-Pom Making    Fri Aug  22nd   11.00 – 12.00  Equipment provided

£6.00 per child per session

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

CUSTOMER CORNER
bagCongratulations to Rosina Dickens, the winner of this month’s Customer Corner with this beautiful bag knitted using the “Domino” technique. We received a lot of good entries, well done everyone.

Send in your entries this month for a chance to win a great YarnFest gift!

New Craft Event at YarnFest – Sunday August 10th

(11.30 – 3.00 weather permitting)

Craft fair in the garden. Please call us to exhibit, bring your own table, places will be limited and cost £5.00 (which will be donated to charity). Drinks and refreshments will be available.

More details to follow.

New Workshops

Our new workshops have been announced! Find out more below

Crochet
Workshops to suit all skill levels – whether you want to learn to crochet or refine your technique, there’s a class for you! £23.00 per session

 

Intermediate Saturday May 24th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate   Sunday  May 25th 11.00 – 2.00
Beginners   Saturday June 7th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate       Sunday  June  8th 1.00 – 4.00
Beginners  Saturday July 26th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate Sunday July 27th 1.00 – 4.00
Beginners           Saturday August 16th 2.00 – 5.00
Intermediate       Sunday August 17th 1.00 – 4.00
Advanced  Sunday September 7th 10.30 -1.30

Knitting
Sock Workshop

Four weekly two-hour sessions covering each of the four main elements of knitting socks. Double point needles and yarn are included in the cost of this £50 course.

Sunday June 8th 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 15th 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 22nd 10.30 – 12.30
Sunday June 29th 10.30 – 12.30

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk

YarnFest is Moving

Our new home!

Our new home!

From Tuesday 20th May YarnFest will be in our new premises, The Old Telephone Exchange, Hermitage. Just down the road from Hilliers (less than ¼ of a mile), our new shop will offer much more to our customers, including:

  • A wider selection of products and new lines
  • More craft materials
  • Knit N Natter Café
  • Tea, coffee and snacks available to purchase
  • More flexibility over opening hours and workshops
  • Late Night Opening on Thursdays
  • Saturday Knitting Surgeries
  • Drop in and Knit & Natter anytime, in the shop and in the garden
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Access

The Hillier’s shop will be closed from Sunday 18th May, and we reopen on Tuesday 20th May at The Old Telephone Exchange.

Join us on Saturday 24th May for our Celebratory Opening Day with Special Events and more! Full details to be revealed…

NEW OPENING HOURS

Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30 pm

                                    (7pm on Thursday)

Saturday 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

We’ll also have a lot more flexibility for evening workshops and events, and you can stop by for a cup of tea and a Knit & Natter anytime!

With seating inside and out, you can join us for an informal Knit & Natter session at any time. We’ll also have tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes available to purchase.

We will also be holding Knitting Surgeries on Saturdays (times to be confirmed) so you can ask our expert about any problems you might have.

 

 

Newsletter – April

KC-Apr-BannerCROCHET & KNITTING KITS

Our new range of crafting kits are now in store, – and make great gifts for Easter!

SUNDAY OPENING

Don’t forget we are now open Sundays. Hours are 10.30am until 4.30pm

SALE CORNER

Grab a bargain with up to 50% off selected yarns on our bargain shelf.

IN STORE KNITTED EXAMPLES

A stylish new cardigan knitted in Stylecraft “Senses” yarn, also a summer top in King Cole Opium. See our range of new spring and summer yarns, available now.
WORKSHOPS

Beginners Crochet
All the techniques you need for crochet; from casting on to working with patterms.
Join us in an informal setting, with refreshments provided.
Yarn and hooks available to purchase in store if required.

  • 15th April 2 – 5pm Places Limited
  • 10th May 2 – 5pm

The cost of the workshop is £23.

Domino Knitting 
Make a pot holder and learn the fascinating technique of knitting squares without joins. If you can do basic knitting stitches this is ideal for you! Refreshments on arrival. Examples in store now.

  • 3rd May 10am – 4pm

The cost of this workshop is £44, with a break for lunch (not provided).

Sock Workshop
Spaces are still available for our sock workshop. Learn how to knit and make up socks in this four part course throughout May. Over four Saturdays –

  • 10th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 17th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 24th May     10.00 – 12.00
  • 31st May     10.00 – 12.00

– find out how to knit socks from scratch. Double point needles and yarn are included in the cost of this £50 course.

One to One Tuition
Learn to knit on a one-to-one session with us. Over an hour, we’ll run you through the basics and get you started. The cost for a session is £10.

To register for a course, give us a call on 01635 201660 or email us enquiries@yarnfest.co.uk