If you’re visiting Bristol, you MUST pop into Beshley’s Wool Shop, which has just opened in Alma Vale Road, Clifton. I was SO excited to discover that a new yarn shop would be opening near me and I couldn’t wait to see it. Would you like to take a little peek inside?
Meet Beshley the owner – we had a lovely chat today about all of the gorgeous yarn that she stocks, all sourced from the British Isles (read more on her website about Artesano, Blacker Designs, Donegal Yarns, Erika Knight, Jamieson & Smith, Jon Arbon Textiles, West Yorkshire Spinners and Woolyknit). Beshley told me that she plans to add lots more to the shop in the near future, packing it with patterns and as much British Wool as possible. Of course I had to mention the Rowan Purelife Range sourced from British Sheep too!
I read recently that the UK has the greatest diversity of sheep breeds of any nation in the world, with over 80 different breeds in the UK with more than 70% being native to the UK. Our heritage sheep breeds play an important role in the rural economy helping to sustain our countryside and are an important renewable and sustainable natural resource. Take a look at the Campaign for Wool website . You can also read about my trip to the wonderful Wool House exhibition at Somerset House in London here.
More gorgeous wool and Brittany Birch Needles and crochet hooks:
I just love the beautiful shades available from Erika Knight’s British Blue wool range made from the fleece of Blue-Faced Leicester – so soft!
Spot the cute little knitted owls for sale?
Artesano British Wool:
And for those who love vintage, Excelana, the result of a collaboration between John Arbon and Susan Crawford knitwear designer spun from the fleece of the Exmoor Blueface, which live on the moors of North Devon.
You can also find a gorgeous vintage section in the shop stocking beautiful buttons, needle, notions and patterns and some fabulous art work. I love the shop ‘yarn’ logo which was designed by Beshley’s illustrator boyfriend.
The shop provides a wonderful space for workshops and a crochet granny square workshop with Jan Ollis is planned for later in July. Beshley also told me that a Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesdays starting from 9th July to sit, knit and natter.
Good luck with your new venture Beshley, and thanks for the lovely chat today – I think your shop is fabulous and I’ll certainly be back!