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Published June 8th 2021
Building community through yarn craft
That Yarn Place is a boutique yarn shop and arts and crafts centre in Samford offering supplies, learning opportunities and creating a community one stitch and spin at a time.
So what exactly is yarn? Well, yarn is "a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, such as wool and cotton suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, or ropemaking". Yarn based crafts are an ancient tradition spanning many generations and continents.
In more recent times, COVID and the subsequent closures and shutdowns have arguably reinvigorated the interest in self-sufficiency and growing skills and techniques like cooking and making yarn-based goods which we can do at home for and by ourselves.
So, a shop like That Yarn Place provides supplies and workshops in knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning support and the opportunity to embrace handmade goods and learn a new skill.
What is the shop like? That Yarn Place is tastefully housed in a light-filled, converted shipping container. Follow the ramp up to an outside deck and open two sliding doors to step inside. The deck overlooks a pretty lake which further reminds you that Samford retains a country-like feel while being 25 km from the Brisbane CBD. Tables and chairs on the deck offer a welcoming message to take a seat and knit together.
What do they offer? The shop lets in loads of natural light streaming through the windows bouncing off the white clean finish. While it is petite, it stocks an assortment of high-end supplies and materials such as quality yarns, needles and hooks, knitting and crochet reference and pattern books.
Creating Community Connections
Being part of an engaging community is good for our health and happiness. It gives us a sense of belonging and enables us to share personal stories and experiences and support the growth of each other, ourselves and our environment.
Yarn Circle Social groups are available to meet and eat, have a yarn (pardon the pun), work on projects others and build community. The aspiration of owners Debbie and Sonya is for the shop to be"a place where people come to learn, come for friendship and connectedness and come because they feel welcomed and valued." The website also offers a calendar of what's one to make it easy to join in,
That Yarn Place offers a blend between modernity and the classics in craftwork. The shop is situated behind the garden centre at 225 Mount Glorious Road, Samford, (just past the Samford Village) and is open from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Free parking is also available at the front of the complex and the entry ramp provides wheelchair access.
Whether you are a fanatical or occasional maker or keen to learn something new, be sure to pop into That Yarn Place for inspiration, advice or a look into what is possible when you try making it yourself.
I enjoyed reading your article Gillian. I like reading and occasionally writing about 'quirky' little businesses like That Yarn Place. I find that small places welcome a Weekend Notes article, whereas those that are franchises often have to 'ask head office.'