My name is Lisa, I am a graphic designer by trade but I am also the indie dyer behind For the Love of Yarn, I started FTLOY purely by chance, over 6 years ago, it started with just one crochet hook that I adapted for my mother as she suffered with Rheumatoid arthritis and struggled to hold a standard hook, knowing the added benefits for her health that having a crafting hobby could bring both physically, as well as for her mental well being, I was immediately passionate to share this with others. The hook handle was a great success and before long the business grew to include so much more.
I am passionate about bringing fibre art crafts to people who for multiple reasons may not be able to access it, whether it be medical constrictions like joint issues or mental health issues, I want to be able to offer workshops and gatherings to share my love of fibre crafts like knitting and crochet with the community.
Knitting and crochet has well documented proof that it can help to reduce anxiety and stress, and this is something we know only too well. Our son lives with multiple lifelong medical conditions that have to be closely monitored and managed, so we as a family have a real understanding of just how damaging stress, anxiety and depression can be, so being able to reach out and to help others who may suffer is something I personally feel very strongly about.
FTLOY grew from its humble beginnings of me working away in my kitchen on just a few crochet hook handles and quickly progressed to offering hand dyed luxury yarn, notions, accessories and more. The whole family is now involved, our children spend a great deal of time working on the business even from the ripe old age of 4! Charity is really very important to us. Like I said our son suffers with numerous life long medical conditions and we feel as a family it is really important to give back wherever possible, which is why the children have their own range of hand dyed yarns that they create and all proceeds from those go to the Children's liver Disease Foundation as sadly this is something our son suffers with so we know just how important the help is.
Over the years we had built a studio and were beginning to reach out further and make FTLOY studio a welcoming and inclusive space for the community, adding workshops and knit and natters, however just as these things were starting to take shape sadly the building our studio was in was suddenly deemed unsafe and within a matter of days we had to vacate and rush to find alternative premises.
We have since found an alternative but we need help to make it the space we need and want it to be.
The space is one large area so we need help to divide the areas within the studio for all that we need. We need a dye space creating, as well as a work area for myself so I can run FTLOY smoothly, but the most important part is the showroom and cozy area. We want it to have an open and welcoming feel.
Our visions is to make FTLOY studio a real community space, inviting people from the local community and afar to experience the benefits that a fibre craft can bring to your mental health through workshops and gatherings. The new premises is in a creative hub based near the city centre in Glasgow, we chose this space for multiple reasons but one of which being the atmosphere created in this space is fantastic! Surrounded by artists and creatives we really feel we can create a studio space buzzing with excitement to get creative juices flowing.
The yarn community is a really special place and one I am very proud to be a part of, and we want to show that to as many people as we can. We hope that with your help we can make the new FTLOY studio a fun, relaxing, but most of all welcoming inclusive space for all.
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