Our 2022 Programme

Inspiring talks, fringe social events, the Yarn Unique Lounge, podcasters galore, our Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace; you’ll find it all at Perth Festival of Yarn this year.  Read on for more details, or pop over to the Our 2022 Vendors page to begin your shopping list:  https://perthfestivalofyarn.uk/our-2022-vendors


Our 2022 Talks


Amy Palko:  Curating Perfect Colour Palettes and My Love For Stephen West’s Shawls 

Saturday 10 September, 1pm, Dewars Centre (£10.00)



A life long and enthusiastic knitter, Amy launched her podcast The Meaningful Stitch in 2020 as a way of bringing together her love of story and her love of yarn.  Each episode is introduced by the drawing of a card from one of her many tarot and oracle decks, as a way of encouraging self reflection and deep thinking as a core component of our making practice.  She also launched her Patreon earlier that same year, and it is here where myth, memoir and making meet. 

Amy lives in Edinburgh, Scotland in her new home overlooking the deep harbour of Newhaven.  She is rediscovering her joy of riding her bike along the many cycle paths of North Edinburgh and her love of gardening and plants.  Although she does still occasionally mistake her plants for weeds.  Her garden, like her life, like her making, is a work in progress. 
Amy’s talk will focus on her love for the shawl designs of Stephen West and curating perfect colour palettes for show-stopping accessories.  All colour palettes in this talk will feature yarns from our 2022 Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace.  Please note that this talk is ticketed separately and not included in your General Entry ticket.

Estelle Hughes:  Hönsestrik:  Radical Knitting 

Saturday 10 September, 3pm, Dewars Centre (£10.00)



Estelle was raised on the southern tip of Sweden before spending her teens and twenties moving around Europe, through London and Wales, eventually settling in beautiful Scotland.  Along the way she set up the online yarn shop, Midwinter Yarns, a company that specialises in natural fibre yarns of Nordic origin and beyond.  The goal of the company was to share some of the Scandinavian love for hand crafts, knitting and natural materials that Estelle was brought up with, and share a few of those traditional with the wider world.

Estelle’s talk will focus on Hönsestrik, a knitting style that originated in 1970s Denmark as a form of feminism and anti-capitalist protest.  Bright and colourful, Hönsestrik encourages the knitter to free themselves from the constraints of traditional commercial patterns and instead allows a free flow of creativity and self-expression through the making of your own garments.  Please note that this talk is ticketed separately and not included in your General Entry ticket.



Sara Fowles:  The Evolution of Creative Practice 

Saturday 10 September, 11am, Dewars Centre (£10.00)



Sara Fowles is an artist and maker from Birmingham, UK.  Sara originally trained as a classical musician but changed careers after going back to college to study garment construction and pattern cutting.

Since 2006 Sara has run Stitches and Hos, originally a social knit night held in the back room of a pun.  It has now grown to encompass all of the strands of her creative practice, including Yarningham Festival.

Sara is passionate about taking time and care to create things with her hands.  She has always been fascinated by stitch in all it’s forms, especially hand knitting.  She believes that this skill and craft can be used to challenge perceptions, strengthen agency and enrich lives.

Sara’s talk will focus on the evolution of Yarningham Festival, including the necessary changes implemented to survive the pandemic which gave birth to Yarn + Stitch Magazine.  Please note that this talk is ticketed separately and not included in your General Entry ticket.



Gala Dinner with entertainment from Ruth Martin (and optional tour of Perth Distillery)

Saturday 10 September, 7:45pm until late, The Royal George Hotel (£42.00*)


With stunning views over the famed River Tay, the Royal George Hotel has been welcoming guests in Perth since 1773, when our humble City was the ancient capital of Scotland.  This evening they will host us for a delicious three-course meal with the opportunity to explore – and sample from – Perth Distillery (est. 2017) beforehand, which is nestled in the former arched stables beneath the hotel and used to provide shelter for Queen Victoria’s carriage horses when she was in residence.



Equipped with an acoustic guitar and a rich soulful voice, Ruth Martin has been writing and performing for over 20 years.  Ruth’s eclectic songwriting style draws from a love of music across genres, often with a storytelling slant.  Her musical career has seen her perform in venues as diverse as The Queens Hall and Iona Library, as well as at festivals such as Celtic Connections.  She has supported performers such as Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and James Grant (Love and Money.)

Please note that this is a ticketed event and suitable for over-18s only.  Your ticket price does not include any drinks (excluding tea and coffee) which must be purchased separately from the bar.  Optional Perth Distillery tour at an additional charge.



The Yarn Unique Lounge

All weekend, Dewars Centre (Free with General Entry Ticket)



The Yarn Unique Lounge is located in the Gallery area on the First Floor of the Dewars Centre (accessible by stairs and lift,) next to the on-site café,  and overlooks our vast Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace.  Furnished with plenty of sofas, individual chairs and tables this is the perfect place to take a little time-out and cast on that yarn you’ve just bought and can’t wait until you are home to crack into!  

Arrange to find your friends here at a certain time or join one of the many scheduled meet-ups we’ll host here over the weekend, including your chance to meet your favourite podcasters.  

All our thank yous go to Yarn Unique, also known as Caroline, for sponsoring our Lounge area this year.  You will find Caroline in our Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace as can find out more about Yarn Unique on their website:  https://www.yarnunique.co.uk/



Our 2022 Podcasters


Every year we are joined by a plethora of podcasters who cover a range of textile disciplines on their various channels.  The following podcasters have reached out to let us know they plan to come and yarn party at Perth this year; you can find them wearing their special podcaster lanyards during the event and at the scheduled Podcaster Meet-Ups in the Yarn Unique Lounge.  Be sure to visit back as this list will surely grow as the Festival approaches:


Ancestral Craeft Podcast

“Ancestral craefts live within the heartwood of us all.  They weave a rich tapestry of what it was and is to be a human on Earth.  Through craft we can connect to the inner wildness that runs through our veins.  Appreciation for the land we live on starts with craft, to go forward we must go back and learn the ways of our ancestors.”

Based in Edinburgh, Alex is deeply committed to conscious crafting in a fascinating range of natural materials:  https://youtube.com/c/AncestralCraeft


Creabea Knitting Podcast

Rebecca is a knitter (and budding designer) based in Edinburgh who has been podcasting for almost one year.  On her Episodes, Rebecca shares her recent knits and new cast ons, which are almost always in the form of a knitted jumper:  https://www.youtube.com/c/CreabeaKnittingPodcast


Grianaig Creations

Kirsty is a Scottish podcaster based on the West Coast (fairly close to Glasgow) who loves to share whatever they are currently making whether that’s knitting, crochet, spinning yarn or cross stitch:  https://youtube.com/c/GrianaigCreations


Giddy Knits

Founder of Giddy Yarns and self-striping sock yarn dyer extraordinaire (although her talents far exceed this,) Helen will be making the short journey to join us from Dundee this year:  https://www.youtube.com/c/GiddyKnits/videos


Heather and Hops

Katt is a knitter and designer based in Hertfordshire who is infatuated with knitting and documenting her own journey of learning.  Her episodes have splashes of adventures, Audrey the Cat, reflection, and collaboration:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxEftKom84K_GghqhU46vw


Knitting Patternista

Based in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona has a particular passion for vintage patterns:  https://youtube.com/channel/UCORHISmr-AXmlQT6i4WAevA


Mad Madam Mel

Mel is a podcaster based in Orkney who, as well as capturing her fibre exploits on camera, also shares glimpses of island living through her vlog series:  https://www.youtube.com/user/MadMadamMel


The Meaningful Stitch

The delightful Amy Palko – see above in Our 2022 Talks section – has her own channel which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/AmyPalko/videos


Woolly Witchcraft

A designer with a passion for socks as well as a podcaster who showcases projects in both knitting and crochet, Brogan will be joining us from Glasgow:  https://youtube.com/channel/UCRhLQKesJqmOT1cf5mvf19Q