Stitches in time: Elissa Biermann, owner of Evoke Designer Yarn and Fabric in Lismore, the city’s first dedicated hand-arts store.
Stitches in time: Elissa Biermann, owner of Evoke Designer Yarn and Fabric in Lismore, the city’s first dedicated hand-arts store. Jacklyn Wagner

Funky store opens in Lismore

NANAS are not the only ones knitting, according to Lismore yarn provedore Elissa Biermann.

The 29-year-old mother of two has just opened Lismore's first dedicated hand-arts store, Evoke Designer Yarn and Fabric.

She said her customers were best described as ‘funky.'

“They are into design and unique creations,” Ms Biermann said.

“They like things that are very individual and very colourful.”

Ms Biermann said only about 10 per cent of the people who had walked through the store's door so far were ‘nanas'.

Ms Biermann, a knitter since her own nana showed her how at just seven years old, said hand-arts like knitting, crochet and sewing were experiencing a renaissance.

“It's a hand-arts revolution,” she said.

Ms Biermann said many of her customers liked to do it for themselves because shop-bought clothes did not suit all body types.

“If you make it yourself you can create clothes that fit and flatter,” she said.

And knitting for other people, Ms Biermann said, was a gift from the heart.

“Kids feel so special seeing you make something for them,” she said.

Shopping in the store yesterday was Fia Norton, of Byron Bay.

Ms Norton was on the hunt for yarn with which to crochet a beanie.

She said she was taught to crochet by men she met on the slopes at the Snowy Mountains.

“Crocheting beanies is huge at the snow. It's very retro,” she said.

Although the business only opened its shop front in Carrington Street, Lismore, at the weekend, it is an extension of an online business, The Yarn Cafe, which has been operating for four years.

Knitting, crocheting and hand sewing classes will be held at the store on Saturday afternoons.

A Lismore branch of Stitch and Bitch, a group of knitters and crotchet enthusiasts which meet regularly, is also expected to start at the store soon.

To find out more call 6621 4384.



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