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What is The Glasgow School of Yarn, you ask?
The Glasgow School of Yarn is Scotland's longest running yarn festival, championing local and innovative makers since 2011!
It started life as a yarny party to celebrate The Yarn Cake's first birthday, 12 years ago.
Through a series of coincidences, sheer dumb luck and a fair amount of hard work, we found ourselves hosting a two day event in collaboration with the Mackintosh Society in the beautiful Mackintosh Church. We had a fabulous, if small by today's standards, marketplace showcasing mostly local talent.
We also somehow convinced an amazing roster of tutors to come and teach at a newbie event: Amy Singer of Knitty and Stephen West, who both joined in the celebrations with their own birthdays; as well as Carol Feller and Ann Kingstone. It was such a success we kept going, annually, until 2015...at which point organiser Antje had a wean and life got significantly more complicated. So we went on hiatus for a few years...until we decided to get back to it for The Yarn Cake's 10th anniversary in 2020. Obviously, that didn't quite go to plan, but we held a successful virtual event in 2020 and have been at home in the stunning Trades Hall since 2021!
This year, we've added an extra event in the form of the GSoY Gala and we couldn't be more excited!
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