At Voirrey Crafts we aim to help crafters of all ages be creative. The Voirrey Embroidery and Crafts Centre at Brimstage Hall, Wirral has a well deserved reputation for needlework, yarn for knitting and crochet, a delightful range of fabrics for patchwork and quilting as well as a free exhibition gallery. We also host a range of craft workshops and courses for experts and beginners alike. For families and children we have a range of children's crafts, including pottery painting you can take away the same day and our toyshop has Wirral's premier selection of traditional wooden toys for imaginative play.
New Courses and New Tutors
We are really pleased to welcome some new courses and new tutors.
We are also really pleased we have been able to bring down the costs of some workshops due to a new payment system.
For full details of courses check out the Course and Workshops tab.
To book places just call in and see us or book over the phone.
Knitting & Crochet Group - every Thursday
If you are looking for a knitting group or crochet group in Wirral you are welcome to join us every Thursday evening 6pm to 9pm. As we are just off the M53 and the A540 we are very accessible to everyone, especially from Heswall, Bebington, West Kirby, Neston, Oxton, Thornton Hough and more. We have plenty of free parking and lots of good conversation.
Our beautiful courtyard setting
The Voirrey Embroidery and Craft Centre is set in the picturesque Brimstage Hall & Courtyard. The Courtyard has a collection of small but fabulous shops, including an art gallery - the Stables Gallery - ladies fashion at Eclipse plus traditional wooden giftware and more at Saqqara.
The Hall hosts an array of independent retailers with a treasure trove to explore from elegant hats to children's shoes, baby clothes and a marvellous antique shop. For tea, cake and even ice cream we have the Country Mouse restaurant and Papa Joe's cafe. It is a perfect place for whiling away an afternoon.
In the summer months (late July-late September) the Brimstage Maize Maze opens.
Parking is free - just make sure to say hello to the chickens and the horses on your way into the Courtyard. We are directly off the M53 so only 20 minutes from Liverpool and Chester and within 40 minutes of both Manchester and North Wales.
Children's Crafts: Pottery Painting, Decopatch, Mosaics and more
The Centre has a children's crafts workshop upstairs, with 5 different activities to choose from suitable for children aged 3 to 99!
Our quick dry pottery painting is perfect for the day tripper with our spray glaze finish meaning it is ready to take away only 20 minutes after the masterpiece is painted. We also stock a range of Decopatch products - including everything you need to do it at home. For those who want to try something new we also have russian dolls, magic mosaics and spray dye t-shirts. Booking isn't necessary but is recommended. Open all year round we accept party bookings and open late night Thursdays.
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From King Cole we have Shine double knitting - really popular last time we had it in, and already moving quickly. The combination of colour and a bit of sparkle in a standard double knitting yarn make it easy to knit up something special to dress up a pair of jeans or plain skirt. For even more summery glamour there is Opium, a 'thick and thin' yarn that gives a lacy look for very little effort. Have a look at the patterns available for shrugs and scarves - it makes summer feel a little bit closer and you can picture yourself wearing it on holiday...
Sirdar Recycled Cotton is another favourite for easy spring knits, and the muted colours would be great for little ones too. For a glamorous look, Souki is is the new fashion yarn launched by Sirdar this season, a cotton blend with lots of sparkle. It's good to have Snuggly and Baby Crofter back on the shelves too.
From Rico we have some of our most popular shades of Can Can and Loopy Pompon for the scarf knitters. And new shades of Rico baby yarn, Cygnet pure wool double knitting and 4ply, King Cole Mood and James Brett CottonOn.
Phew! I think that's the round up done - though I know I haven' t covered everything. Now, what to knit with it all? I saw a link on Facebook yesterday appealing for jumpers for penguins caught in oil slicks. Do they like sparkles or variegated?
Don't forget, if there is a yarn type or shade you would like to see that we don't stock, let us know what you are interested in.
Of course people have all sorts of reasons to start - and continue- crafting: as a way of making new friends, for the sense of achievment, to make unique gifts, take on a new challenge, or as a way of coping with whatever life throws at us.
There has also been a real revival in "traditional" techniques recently, and I know a lot of crafters have enjoyed the chance to see their hobbies showcased in programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee, or promoted by famous personalities. I read something recently about a foreign TV show which features making a handknitted garment in real time, from the shearing of the sheep through to weaving in the last ends of yarn - I have to confess I haven't watched that one!
We will be seeing some of this in action at Voirrey Crafts next week; local weaver Dawn Mace will be in the shop from 2pm on Saturday 8th demonstrating the use of spinning wheel and loom. Call in to have a look and, for those who feel inspired, we are hoping to run "taster sessions" so that you can have a go yourself. Let us know if you are interested!
Filling the shelves...
This is always a funny time of year - sales reps have been calling up to promote new lines which are mostly cottons, but outside it is frosty and most customers are buying chunky wool for cosy knits. (Do you knit a season ahead, as the magazines and yarn companies think we do, or do you look out the window and decide to start another winter warmer? Maybe some knitters even do both!)
We have some new superchunky yarns in stock - Supadupa (yes, really!) knits up really fast into scarves and hats. I made a scarf from it on Thursday evening during knitting group, so it really is a quick knit, especially making allowances for a small person sitting on my lap whilst I was knitting. Maxilite superchunky comes in some great colours, and is really lightweight for such a warm, quick yarn. Have a look at the sweater sample in the shop - there are some great patterns to go with it, you really can knit for the weather with this yarn!
If you are a fan of Galaxy, it is back in stock too with some lovely new shades. Add comment
Happy New Year
January 1st always seems like the perfect opportunity to get out the needles, tear off the ball band, and settle down to a lovely new project (if you are lucky you may even find something decent on TV to watch while you knit!) We have had a few last minute customers in December getting themselves ready to do just that.
Maybe it’s bad planning, or maybe the rush of Christmas preparations, but I am starting the year with several unfinished projects which need to be sewn up before moving on to projects new. They are all chunky cardies and warm jumpers, so the weather is certainly encouraging me to get on with it! First of all I might take a peek at Ravelry to get some inspiration for the new knitting to follow – we have lots of lovely pure wool double knitting from Cygnet Yarns in at the moment, and one of the colours is calling me to knit with it…