Under the Olive Tree Knits is owned by Jem Arrowsmith, an avid knitter, designer and yarn dyer. The concept for Under the Olive Tree Knits was inspired by a small Greek island with a relaxed pace of life. This is a haven for you to pick up your needles, take some time for yourself and create something beautiful, stitch by stitch. All patterns have been professionally tech edited and test knitted prior to publication and include links to video tutorials. All yarns are hand dyed by Jem, and all tools, notions and other knitty bits have been specially chosen or created with the knitter in mind.
Knitting Needle Lane has been established since 2017. First starting life on Cambridge Market every Sunday come rain or shine! We are now an online shop. Proud to offer only the softest of yarns and FREE home delivery in Cambridge or ‘Click & Collect’ we stock a lovely range of hand dyed yarns – mainstream brands and much more. Created by Camilla who has been knitting herself since the age of 7 ! Knitting Needle Lane has a high social media presence and has also won awards for excellent customer service.
I’m Julia Riley, Artist & Founder of Fine Fettle Creations. I started Fine Fettle Creations during the pandemic, selling my original paintings from Christmas Market stalls. Since then, I’ve branched out in to other products such as coasters and greetings cards. As a professional opera singer, I’ve worked all over the world in opera productions, and always packed my brushes to paint, on the road. When the pandemic hit, I grasped the opportunity to create a business out of my paintings…and so Fine Fettle Creations was born! My art work is vibrant and bold and I draw inspiration from nature, food...and anything cute. Predominantly working with acrylics, I love to fill people's homes with a little slice of happiness. All my original paintings are on wood blocks. From the Autumn, my new bone china mug collection ‘The Nautical’s will be available to buy on my website The collection will be produced exclusively by Duchess China at the famous Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent.
Hi, I’m Irena, the owner of Sew Knit Craft. I took over Sew Knit Craft in 2018 from the previous owners when the shop was known as ‘Sew Creative’. I was taught to knit by my eldest sister when I was 5 and have loved everything to do with crafts ever since. I have recently discovered quilting and have to admit that I am hooked.I have lived and worked as a solicitor in Cambridge for over 30 years and have always dreamt of owning a craft shop, and when the opportunity presented itself to acquire the business on King Street, I jumped at the idea. The shop has been at 58 King Street for 7 years. It stocks a wide range of fabrics, sewing machines and yarn, as well as patterns and general haberdashery. We also create bespoke items such as baby knitwear, wedding quilts, wedding shawls, jewellery and clothing. Our staff are a mix of long-timers and new joiners and their vast experience and knowledge is available to customers. We love teaching people new skills and there are frequently workshops, evening and day classes, activities for children and demonstration days. 'Meet the expert' days allow people to come along with anything that they are stuck on and someone can help them out. Our hope is that the shop is a crafting hub for Cambridge, where people come not only to buy craft materials, but also to chat with friends about their latest projects and be inspired to try new crafts.
Hello, we’re Christine and Tom. The Fabric Townhouse is an online fabric and haberdashery shop where you can find fun, bright and only the best quality fabrics. With a gorgeous range of fabrics, general haberdashery, gifts, patterns and more, we've got you covered for all your dressmaking, quilting and crafting adventures. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates, and tag us in your wonderful makes. Our virtual doors are always open and you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello and Welcome to Digglyshire Yarns. Behind all the hard work is Masha, she believes that life can’t get any better when you get the most wonderful natural yarns and, by adding love and colour, you can actually knit your dream. Also, please meet Diggly who is her number one muse and the name behind the brand. Diggly inspires Masha on an hourly basis and the duo will be proudly sharing new colourways in their first Cambridge Craft Festival.
In my Etsy shop, silkspinnersstudio, you will find a treasure trove of unique silk gifts and craft supplies all made by me, Bernie. I work from home as a Silk Spinner, Textile Artist and Weaver with my Deerhound keeping me company. Spinning Silk defines me, by using this ancient craft that has changed very little over time I feel connected to other Spinners across the world and throughout the ages. I enjoy creating something entirely different every time I spin or paint on Silk. I am inspired by the colours of the natural world, my local fenland and coastal landscapes. My favourite artist is Claude Monet and have visited the beautiful gardens at Giverny several times. I take commissions for spinning silk and hand painted Shibori Ribbon, just message me via my shop site.
Hi my name is Kezia and I am the dyer behind Right Side Yarns. I am a tiny business based in the Scottish Borders that was established in May 2020 and all my yarn is dyed in my home!
Yarn dyeing was my latest hobby when I was given the opportunity to sell my yarn in my local yarn store, Unwind Yarns Galashiels, and I jumped at the chance. It has given me a way to continue to stay at home with my two children whilst also giving me a creative outlet and a means of earning a little money.
I am inspired by the colours around me and tend to be very spontaneous with my dyeing which can give me very unique and surprising results! Some of my favourite colourways were created during very experimental dye sessions; experimenting with colour is probably why I love dyeing so much.
Dyeing yarn has become more than a hobby or a job, it has become a passion. It's a way for me to bring life to other people's knitting and crochet; the yarn we use and the colours we use can transform our projects and show the world a part of ourselves! We are all so unique and our creativity is such an important way to express that, let everyone know who you are because you are amazing!
Wool n Stuff is a large city centre yarn shop and we are absolutely passionate about yarn. I originally started the business when my son was born selling yarn online and fast forward 11 years we now work out of a former night club. We stock an extensive range of main stream yarns as well as Manos and our own hand dyed yarns and British wool yarns we have had spun exclusively for us. If you like your yarn woolly check out our Homegrown Yarn.
I am a small maker and environmentalist who believes that healing, for both humans and the Planet, comes from a connection with nature and mindful crafts. Marsh&Moor is to me a way to engage in something meditative and nurturing for my mental health as well as a way of sharing my values with others. I naturally dye regeneratively farmed British wool in small batches for weavers, knitters and other fiber arts lovers to enjoy in their work, as well as running my own weaving project through which I aim to create one-of-a-kind multifunctional textile pieces which can both be worn and used around the house. My designs are always asymmetric, always intuitive, following the flow of creativity and emotion present in that very moment in time. Each piece is unique and I will never weave two identical ones. I try to adhere to a soil-to-soil model in which what we use returns to the Earth in some form (therefore the choice of using regeneratively farmed wool, dye stuff is composted, water is collected and reused) as well as supporting local economy and working with only UK based suppliers. I put a lot of heart and soul into growing my dye own dye plants as well as mindful foraging.
Carole King is a bookbinder, artist and printmaker from West Wales. She has a degree in Fine Art from the UCA, Farnham and a Cert Ed. from Homerton, Cambridge.
She binds sketch books for artists and notebooks for writers, albums, dissertations and memoirs creating very individual books for their owners.
Carole silkscreen prints her own hand drawn designs onto colourful papers and fabrics for the book covers, also scouring vintage markets for fabrics and household objects to create one-of-a-kind volumes.
Carole took part in the Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge and more recently bound a book to be placed in the belly of a ‘fish’ for the ‘Landscapes of Faith Festival’. She teaches various bookbinding courses with ‘Make it in Wales’ and at other venues around South Wales.
Gardener, occasional beekeeper and retired miniature steam train driver.
Hello! I’m Kayleigh from Cyndraarts I design and make project bags of all sizes, as well as crochet hook and knitting needle rolls. My bags and accessories are designed especially for knitters and crocheters and are the perfect way to store your woolly projects and tools! I love beautiful, bright colours and bold patterns and combine the two to create my bags. The idea for my first project bag design came about when I was on a plane and my yarns were becoming annoyingly tangled! From that moment, an idea started evolving and my first double-sectioned bag was eventually born 😊 Since then, I have just kept on sewing and designing new bags and accessories! The best bit is that I make them to suit you - you can choose your colours and fabrics. If you’re not yet a knitter but would love to learn, I have a ‘Learn to Knit Kit’ which takes even a complete beginner through, step-by-step, how to knit their own pair of cosy socks. What are you waiting for? Hop on over !
Hello my name is Carolyn I am the designer and maker behind Rela Designs which I started 6 years ago after a spell of ill health encouraged by my daughters Rebecca and Laura. I have sewn since an early age encouraged by my Grandmothers one of which was a tailoress although bag making came about by accident after I saw a pattern for a Beach bag in Prima magazine. I am a self confessed fabric addict. I acquire my fabrics from many sources most are brand new but some have had a life before and finding vintage fabric is always a bonus. Unusual prints and colourful designs always inspire me to design and make unique bags which are beautiful but practical. When you purchase one of my bags you can be assured, I have taken time and care in the construction, paying particular attention to reinforcing handles, pockets and fastenings.
I'm Angela and I hand dye yarn in small batches from my home in Cornwall not far from the coast. I have 3 young children who are home educated and keep me quite busy so most of my dyeing is done in the evenings whilst I binge watch my favourite sci-fi shows - currently Stargate SG-1! I started hand dyeing for myself when I learned to weave a couple of years ago, this naturally progressed to dyeing skeins for knitting and crochet. I've recently started knitting again and enjoy it much more with hand dyed yarn!I love yarn and colour, and how yarn can be used to make beautiful, unique woven cloth, knitted and crocheted items. I take a lot of inspiration from the natural world around me, the beauty of the outdoors, but also from the random things that pop into my head! Evizen Design gives me the opportunity to explore the things I enjoy and create lovely yarn that others can have the pleasure of using.
Hello! My name is Sarah and I run Curly Sue Crafts specialising in bright and colourful bunting which I’ve been doing full time for nearly 4 years, since my children started school, and I love it! I feel that even a little bit of bunting can add joy to any space, inside or outside, and this eco-friendly decoration will last for years. I love creating custom orders for weddings, fetes, birthdays, children’s bedrooms - any colours, any combination, any...thing!! As long as I can source it, I can do it! The majority of bunting in my Etsy shop is ready to post, so custom orders can take a little longer however I have an extensive stock of colours here and I am happy to discuss any requirements and timescales - just drop me a message. I have recently started making waterproof bunting which means your outside space can look joyous all year round! I hope my bunting makes you smile and thank you for taking the time to read about my small business.
I was introduced to jewellery making by my brother Mikey B who was a guest designer on Jewellery Maker and the rest is history. My company is named after my late mum Glory who unfortunately never saw any of my creations. My passion in seed beading, shrink plastic , working with Shibori silk and wire wrapping, but enjoy macrame and memory wire work too as well as doing my cross stitch and looking after my allotment. All the gem stones I have used can be provided with a certificate of authenticity. I have recently been recycling and up cycling old jewellery to make my spiders and some of my jewellery, so they get a second life. My favourite make at the moment is my shibori swan brooch , which took forever to make as had to keep washing my hands to keep the white silk clean. It was made with freshwater pearls, white topaz and clear quartz.
Hello! I am Karina and the founder of Rainbow Fusions - an Independent Dyer of luxury wool and natural yarns. Originally from South London and now living in North East Scotland with my husband, 4 children and 3 dogs. Rainbow Fusions started back in 2014 shortly after I learned to crochet after my 2nd child was born. I was unable to find yarn in the colours I liked so learned how to dye my own. My choice of fluorescent bright, vibrant and bold colours caught the eye of many and soon after I was taking commissions. My business grew bigger and bigger and I am thankful after these years I am still doing something I absolutely love. I have signature colourways and also dye small batches of unique colours. As well as yarn, I make by hand resin buttons in a variety of shapes, sizes and unique colours.
Hi, I am Lena and I run Roars and Rainbows a handmade clothing brand for children and adults. I make bright, beautiful, sustainable clothing that you will want to wear again and again. All clothing is made from high quality stretch fabrics to order. I curate all the fabrics myself from other small businesses. I also have some fabrics designed exclusively for the business by my husband who is a graphic designer. I started sewing when my boys were little as the high street didn’t seem to cater for my youngest sons cloth bum, tiny waist and love of bright colourful clothing. I quickly fell down the fabric rabbit hole and started sewing for myself and then other family members. When my youngest son started school I had some extra time on my hands and my sister encouraged me to start making clothes to sell, so in November that’s what I did. I love dungarees so decided to specialise in making these alongside a few other basics like leggings, dresses, shorts etc. Everything I make is made to order and custom made to your measurements to ensure the best fit. I promote body positivity and acceptance and sustainable fashion through the business. My belief is that if you have a beautiful, well fitting garment you will wear this again and again. In a bid to make Roars and Rainbows as sustainable as possible I use my left over fabric to make headbands, snoods and reusable wipes. My packaging is all recyclable and I source as much as I can from other small businesses I look forward to taking part in the Cambridge Craft Festival and sharing my passion for sustainable fashion and dungarees !