A Trio of Textile Trips

I’ve been on three days out with a textile theme over the last few weeks…

At the beginning of September there was the Northern Quilt Festival at Harrogate, this is held twice a year and it’s a nice sized show, not so big you get overwhelmed, it’s reasonably priced and free parking too!

It’s also small enough to take my mum to. We had a good day out, my daughter came too, she was a star, pushing my mum in her wheelchair round so I would have chance to look at the stalls I needed to look at. Of course I bought a few things, my mum bought a few kits too, I didn’t have the heart to say she couldn’t manage them anymore, she was happy in the moment, even though five minutes later she couldn’t remember buying them! There is one which is embroidery rather than cross-stitch, I’m hoping I might be able to make it into two kits and both do it together when I visit.

There were some beautiful quilts on display, we oohed and ahhed over them…

Here in the UK, every September there is a Heritage Weekend. Over the weekend lots of buildings open free to the public, many are ones which are not usually open, or they’ll be ones with interesting histories and they’ll have a tour guide, sometimes the building use has changed completely and you can see the old bits. I decided to go to Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, it was fascinating.

Sunny Bank Mills

It was owned for many years by William Gaunt and it was his grandson (or great grandson!) who showed us round and explained the history behind the mill. It was also an earlier ancestor who was one of the founder members of the first woolen mill there. We went up into a disused building, where I spotted an old Singer treadle base! We learned about the north facing roof windows and the importance of the area in the global wool industry in days gone by. Sunny Bank Mills sadly had to cease weaving a few years ago but the owners have managed to transform it into a business hub, which now employs more people than it did as a mill. It’s also by chance become the biggest hub of creative businesses in West Yorkshire.

Sunny Bank Mills

They have set up an archive room as they are in a unique position of having a complete set of archives, a weaving record of every design they have ever made.

Sunny Bank Mills

On Saturday I went over to Skipton to Yarndale, a wool and textile show held at the Livestock Auction Mart. You wrap up warm for Yarndale as the stalls are where the animals are usually held, so there’s no heating, it’s like one big barn! I was helping to man the Skipton Embroiderers Guild stand during the afternoon, so I got there early so I could have a look round.

It’s interesting people watching at these shows, the ones at Yarndale are completely different to those at the quilting shows, as my friend put it, they’re a lot more bohemian! Lots of brightly coloured hair and amazing knitwear!

I’m not really into knitting or crochet but I could admire the colours of the fine wools, they were beautiful!


There were some beautiful felted creatures on display, this stunning barn owl was by Archies Attic.

Yarndale Archies Attic

Of course I did find a few bits to buy!! One stall sold trims and had this gorgeous variegated ric-rac, it was a bargain at 30p a metre, so I bought all three colourways!! I also bought a fabric dying kit, it was a make mentioned on a course I went on recently and as it had all the extra stuff (such as mordant) you need I thought it was worth it to have a go. Another textile experimental pack looked interesting so that ended up in my bag too! I also bought a very pretty set of embroidered earrings!


All in all, three good days out. The next one planned is the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show at the end of November, I need to start saving now!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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26 Responses to A Trio of Textile Trips

  1. katechiconi says:

    That yarn looks gorgeous; I’m not a knitter or much of a crocheter but I’d have wanted to buy some just to look at, the colours are wonderful.

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  2. magpiesue says:

    Lucky you! I always drool over yarns in wonderful colors too even though I don’t knit or crochet. Can’t keep my hands off ’em either!

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  3. Laura says:

    I am another drooler of beautiful yarns…I don’t knit or crochet, but I can admire it for sure. Love the history that you shared and your little treasures are very pretty! I look forward to seeing how you use them in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Thanks for sharing these and is it really that soon until Harrogate?! The north seems to be a great place for shows and I’m happy you seem to have had a lovely time at them all

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the expression in the book The Artist’s Way, of the need to fill the well, so that you can draw on inspiration to fuel creativity. You have done this big style with your textile trips! How lovely that your Mum came too, I hope you find a way for her to enjoy her purchases.

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  6. tialys says:

    I was very touched by your Mum’s wanting to buy those kits – ‘happy in the moment’ is at least something isn’t it? Hopefully you’ll both be able to work on them together.
    Of course, I do knit and crochet so would have to have whisked away some of those gorgeous yarns.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      The yarns were gorgeous, though at around ยฃ15 per hank they’re not inexpensive! Having read some peoples experience of dementia, we’re relieved that at least at the moment she is ‘happy in the moment’, she doesn’t get upset or frustrated by not being able to remember.

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  7. Gail says:

    I just retired and learning to knit is on my bucket list, but I do not want to accumulate wool like I have collected fabric! You always seem to find interesting places to visit. Glad to hear your Mom had a great day out with you and your daughter!

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  8. claire93 says:

    we also have National Heritage week end of Sept in France!
    What a lovely visit you had, and well done on all the new stash!

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  9. Wow sounds like a fabulous weekend! I would love to tour something like that.

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  10. oh what absolute fun!

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  11. kathyreeves says:

    I love the photos you took Margaret, the first quilt is so creative, and that yarn….๐Ÿ˜

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  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I bet you were inspired by all that you saw. Nice shopping too.

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  13. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Oh, those yarns are sooo in my colourwaysโฃ๏ธ Watched a video last night of this year’s Yarndale and saw sheep but didn’t realise the unheated setting. On the other hand, everyone wasn’t overheated wearing their yarny creations. Lol! Looking forward to your next yarny review in November. ๐Ÿฅฐ

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