We live in strange times. As more and more craft festivals and gatherings are forced to close their doors this Spring due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we don’t want you to miss out. So we’re collecting this guide to the best virtual craft gatherings that are springing up in their place.
We’ll add details of all the online community events that we hear of to this post. Have we missed something? Email our team to let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org or share online with our hashtag #stayhomeandcraft
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Virtual Craft Community Calendar
Etsy Made Local
- August 1-2 Team York Market
- August 8-9 Sheffield Sellers on Etsy Market
As they can’t do their regular Etsy Made Local gatherings, Etsy have gone virtual instead. This way people can shop unique items from local, independent creative people from the comfort of their own home. Find out more at madelocal.etsy.com/madelocaluk
Granny Square Day
Our favourite crochet holiday returns with Granny Square Day 2020 this month! Granny Square Day is an international online celebration on Instagram, which returns again this year and we’re all invited to join in. Whether you’re new to crochet, or are a seasoned pro, it couldn’t be easier to get involved! Just make a granny square and share a photo with the hasthtag #grannysquareday2020. Find out more about Granny Square Day.
Perth Festival of Yarn
12th–13th September 2021
The Festival’s Truly Hooked Lounge is going virtual this year – and will take place via Zoom. Book your free tickets here. Over the weekend, organisers are asking crafters to pop in with their makes and finished garments virtually. We hear there’ll be a number of well known designers and podcasters from around the globe jumping in and out too so this is a great way to stay connected to the knitting community safely from your own home.
YarnDale Worldwide Creative Project for 2020
While the yarn-lover’s favourite festival can’t place in the flesh on 26th and 27th September as planned this year, organisers have launched a great community knitting initiative so that you can get involved from home and craft for a good cause. They’re calling on makers to knit or crochet homemade dishcloths which will be sold to raise funds for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. Find their free patterns, and full details of the project, over at yarndale.co.uk.
UK Hand Knitting Association Virtual Knitting Groups
Every week via Zoom
From 30th March onwards, the UKHKA will be running two virtual knitting groups a week on Zoom.
Every Saturday via Zoom, 3pm US Eastern time (8pm UK)
Just because we’re physically distanced, doesn’t mean we have to be socially distant. Edie Eckman is hosting a weekly craft-along via Zoom. Bring along your current craft project, pour yourself a cuppa and craft along together. This is a family friendly event.
Join the craft-along via Zoom at: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/761079396?pwd=LytNeUpNMk5kSGZEWldrditoM0IzZz09 and head to Edie Eckman’s Facebook page for updates.
Stay at home and Sewalong
Every evening on Youtube
Join Sew Over it on YouTube every Monday to Friday to sew along with Lisa Comfort, have a chat with fellow makers, and keep busy with some fun projects. They are hosting a variety of sewalongs, from sewing some favourite Sew Over It patterns, to tutorials for complete beginners, and even craft projects for kids! See their schedule for what’s coming up, and you can join in live or watch later on the Sew Over It Youtube channel.
Stitch Happy Stitchalong
Thursday evening at 20.15 on Instagram Live
Take part in these group embroidery sessions every Thursday at 8.15pm on Instagram Live from 2nd April – catch up on previous weeks on the Stitch Happy blog. There will be a set embroidery project of eucalyptus and grasses which you can download for free from the Stitch Happy website. Find more details on the stitch along on the Stitch Happy blog.
The Yarn Whisperer Stitch & B*tch
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun at 14.00 or Fri at 17.20 on Zoom
All yarn enthusiasts, or any craft enthusiasts full stop are invited to join in with this virtual craft group. Sessions are 40 minutes long, and for the Friday session, cocktails are also encouraged.For more information visits The Yarn Whisperer website or see the Yarn Whisperer instagram. The Zoom code for the sessions is 474-874-831 for the 1400 sessions and 221-281-871 for the 17.20 cocktail session.
Tea and Crafting online workshops
If you are missing craft workshops, sign up for one of Tea and Crafting’s virtual workshops, covering, embroidery, crochet, knitting, calligraphy, quilting and more!. Classes are typically 1.5-2 hours long, and take place live , but you receive a recording afterwards to refer back to. Some classes require specific materials which are posted out to you ahead of time, or some need items from your own stash – there is a full list in each class booking section so you explore what works for you. Prices start at £15.50.
‘A Year Of Blackwork’ – 52 week blackwork Stitch Along
For the whole of 2020, every Wednesday Peppermint Purple are releasing a free blackwork pattern on a special dedicated Facebook group. No worries about joining late, as the current chart will contain all of the previous weeks sections. Head over to join the page and chat to fellow stitchers who are sewing along.
October 1st until October 31st: Halloween SAL
Date TBC: Winter SAL
Hosted several times a year, Stitchonomy Stitch-A-Longs (www.stitch-along.com) are free to join, all you need to do is sign up before the start, get your materials ready and share your progress with the Stitch-A-Long community. Because, after all, stitching together is best! The current SAL is ‘Fantastic Fungi’. You can join up to a SAL that has already started, but you need to join The Pattern Club (starting from $5 a month). Find out more from Stitchonomy here.
Positivity Rules – Cross Stitch-A-Long
Stay positive with this modern typography cross stitch kits or patterns from Caterpillar Cross Stitch. This is a 5-part, mystery cross stitch-a-long project where thousands of stitchers worldwide unite and stitch one piece of this colourful pattern every month for 5 months. You’ll need to pay a one-off fee which includes all 5 patterns, but let’s face it we all deserve a little crafty positivity in our lives this year! You can buy a PDF pattern only or a whole kit with a variety of fabric choices. This SAL has already started, but you can join in any time – Parts 1 &2 already out, parts 3, 4 and 5 released each month on the 29th.
Royal Voluntary Service Virtual Village Hall
The Virtual Village Hall features themed video sessions led by expert tutors, TV and radio personalities and Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators and volunteers. Live and pre-recorded sessions take place daily and include sewing, crochet and needlework, recipes and baking, exercise and dance, music and singing, relaxation and meditation, arts and crafts, technology skills, gardening and more. New sessions are added regularly. The charity’s hundreds of social clubs and groups, all organised by volunteers, are unable to meet during this time so the Virtual Village Hall programme is designed to bring people together to enjoy activities at the same time, to keep active and interested while at home, and to have fun. Thousands of people are taking part in Virtual Village Hall activities in their own homes and also in care homes. Full details follow below.
Sublime Stitching embroidery companion playlist
Available on Spotify
To dip your toe in to the online world, why not listen to a curated playlist designed for crafters while you are crafting? Put together by Sublime Stitching, with soothing songs to listen to while focusing on some embroidery, knitting, baking, gardening, bathtubbing…anything that you find soothing to do, knowing that other crafters are doing the same. Click to find the Embroidery Companion Playlist.
2021 Diaries at the ready!
These craft events have been cancelled and postponed – but you can save the date now for next year.
24-25 April 2021
While we’re sad that this year’s event has had to be cancelled, we’re already planning a trip to Wales to check out their 2021 event next Spring. Find out more at wonderwoolwales.co.uk
25-26 June 2021
The Original British Festival of Wool has sadly been cancelled for 2020 completely, but there is a glimmer of hope for us yarnies – they will be back! Woolfest was founded by members of The Wool Clip cooperative to provide a celebration of natural fibres and a showcase for the best of wool and wool crafts. It is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours, skilled craftsmanship and a huge enthusiasm for all things wool related. Reach for your calendars and stick a big fat placeholder in June 2021 – we can party like it’s 2020. Maybe not but we can get our yarn fix on when this is all over!
Festival of Quilts
29 July – 1 August 2021
It is with great regret it has become clear that it is not going to be possible for this year’s Festival of Quilts (30 July – 2 Aug, NEC Birmingham) to go ahead. Stay up to date via the Festival of Quilts newsletter here, and keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Festival of Quilts online competition – we’ll add details to this page when we have them.