Sanquhar’s Yarn Shop supports the Dumfries House art installation

A YARN store in Sanquhar has become the latest knitting specialist to collaborate with Dumfries House with the aim of producing a set of colorful knitted art installations to be unveiled at the Cumnock Estate later this year.

Stenhouse and Crafty-Artists, located at 19 High Street, invites contributions for a mosaic of thousands of hand-knitted squares to drape over the estate’s historic Adam Bridge, which dates back to 1760.

The small store is owned and managed by Frances Watts and sells pet supplies and essential craft items, including yarn.

Frances, from Zimbabwe, explained: “My father had the store as a pet supply store for 25 years, but needed help running the store about eight years ago, so I moved. here from Wiltshire and since 2014 and due to local demand I have sold yarn and haberdashery.

“There is a real appetite for knitting and yarn in this field, to the point that the government allowed us to sell yarn and related products during the pandemic because it believed that those with access to the yarn were essential for their well-being. I was not allowed to actively advertise, but I was given permission to trade these items.

“The store was seen as an essential service and gives people the chance to come and chat and keep and keep their spirits active. When some people got out of the armor, the first thing they did was come to the store. They were desperate to feel the yarn again and to knit.

Stenhouse and Crafty-Artists will encourage square submissions from clients and knitting enthusiasts in the Nithsdale area before forwarding them to Dumfries House. A similar arrangement is already in place at The Yarn Cake in Glasgow’s West End and at Ginger Twist Studios in Edinburgh.

Contributions to the art installation must contain the knitter’s name and hometown and may also be posted on “Knitwise”, Dumfries House, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ.

The deadline is the end of June.

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