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Sarah Hatton Trunk Show & Masterclass

Sarah Hatton Trunk Show & Masterclass

We are absolutely thrilled to be one of the stops on Berroco and West Yorkshire Spinners’ first designer tour with acclaimed British designer Sarah Hatton! Sarah will be accompanied by Danielle Deane, Business Development Manager at West Yorkshire Spinners.

Sarah and Danielle will be visiting the Hayloft on Monday May the 6th, and we’ll be hosting a Meet & Greet with a Trunk Show and Presentation, as well as a special master class with Sarah.

Customizing Garments: Pattern Writing Basics with Sarah Hatton
Monday, May 6, 10am to 4pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)
In the Hayloft, 381 Water St., 3rd Fl. Peterborough

Have you ever fallen in love with a machine knit sweater in a shop and thought, “I could make that”? Or do you have a cherished sweater a family member made that you’d like to replicate? Maybe you’ve seen a pattern online and thought, “I’d love to knit that but I wish it was a v-neck instead of a crew neck.”

This special class with world renowned British designer, Sarah Hatton, is for you - knitters who want to build their confidence in amending and adapting garment patterns. Sarah will walk you through chart shaping and the math of how a pattern is formed so you can further develop these skills at home, and apply them to your knitting going forward. Sarah encourages students to bring along garments, ideas, and patterns. The more there is to discuss, the more you will learn.

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Meet & Greet: with Sarah Hatton and Danielle Deane

Monday May 6, 6-9pm
In the Hayloft. 381 Water St., 3rd Fl. Peterborough


Sarah and Danielle will be bringing a special trunk show collection of garments designed by Sarah and knit in West Yorkshire Spinners yarns. Join us for refreshments provided by our neighbours at Bijoux Bar & St Veronus, sparkling wine, good company, and lots of yarn and knitted garment goodness.

Included in the trunk show:

  • NEW Bo Peep DK garments for kids and adults
  • A Way of Life garments (The Croft DK & Aran)
  • The Riverside Collection garments (Fleece BFL DK)
  • Along the Riverbank socks collection (Signature 4ply)
  • NEW “sneak peek” reveal at Sarah’s upcoming accessories collection

Guests will be given the opportunity at the event to special order any West Yorkshire Spinners yarns that catch their eye, in whatever quantities they like.

Danielle presents the British Wool story, as well as a look behind the scenes at West Yorkshire Spinners.  British Wool is a cooperative owned by 35,000 sheep farmers in the UK.  British Wool collects, grades, markets and sells British wool on behalf of the farmers to the international wool textile industry, including the wool tops that WYS uses to spin their beautiful yarns.  This is truly a farm to spinner story!

About Sarah:

Sarah was born in St. Albans, England and spent the early part of her life based in Hertfordshire. Taught to knit at the age of five, Sarah has always had a love of textiles and had a passion for dressing up as a child. 

Having completed an art foundation course close to home she moved to Yorkshire to complete a degree in Fashion Design at Bretton Hall College, part of the University of Leeds.

Immediately after graduating, Sarah was offered her first job as a designer with a hand knit company. It was here she got to develop her skills in knitting, pattern writing and design. Sarah prides herself on the fact that since graduating she has always worked in the hand knitting industry.

Sarah’s inspiration has a tendency to be around garment shapes and she rarely works in more than one colour yet produces amazing wearable garments that explore and push the boundaries of shape and texture.  Sarah is well known for her wearable garment designs with the innovative use of shape and texture.

Sarah has produced many collections for West Yorkshire Spinners including her most recent “The Croft – A Way of Life”, “Fleece – Family Collection”, “Fleece Bluefaced Leiceister DK – Riverside Collection” and “The Croft Aran – Shetland Colours”.  You can find her on Instagram as “hattonknits”.

About Danielle:

Danielle was born and bred in England but has Irish ancestry and has enjoyed a creative career for the past 30 years. First as a dancer, Danielle spent 11 years touring the US, Asia, and Europe as the lead dancer in an International Irish dance show. When it was time to hang up the dancing shoes, she decided to train as a costume designer and was honored to be offered a place at the prestigious University of the Arts (UAL) London where she honed her skills in tailoring and pattern cutting. 

Specializing in hand embroidery and specifically goldwork, Danielle produced historical garments for exhibitions such as The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace as well as designs for many theatres, TV and film productions including The Lion King and Peaky Blinders.

Danielle’s passion for knitting and crochet started early as she was taught to knit by her mum at a very young age. She designed knitwear for television and film using both hand knit and machine knitting. Having always admired the fact that WYS is one of the last few remaining worsted spinning mills in the UK, Danielle joined the creative team at West Yorkshire Spinners in 2018. As part of her role, she enjoys helping to develop new yarns and colorways, researching new trends, creating exciting designs and working with the British Wool Board to ensure selection of the finest quality fibers for WYS yarns.

Valuing the preservation of heritage skill sets such as spinning, hand knitting and crochet, Danielle is an advocate for sustainability and the use of natural fibers in the craft industry.

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