Belinda is a numbers girl on the outside, a qualified accountant; but in recent years has rediscovered her inner creative and love of all things Yarn!
Growing up in the country town of Gayndah, she was taught to knit as a child by her Mum and introduced to the world of crochet by her Nana and Aunt. Belinda then popped her yarn and needles aside for 25 years until her friendship with Deb led to the crochet hooks emerging and then the idea of sharing Deb's dream of a yarn shop began.
In recent years, as Belinda's husband and almost-adult children bemoaned the hours spent with hook or needles in hand she has frequently been heard reminding them "It's cheaper than therapy"! For Belinda crochet, knitting and being creative is good for the soul - it brings calm to a busy mind, timeout at the end of a crazy day - but challenges and teaches; the learning of new skills can be never-ending if you choose.
"That Yarn Place is not just a place of work or shop, it has become a community of gorgeous people who share our love of yarn and creativity. Deb and I love coming to work everyday, love hosting our "socials" on the deck, love sharing knowledge, love seeing work-in-progress and finished projects. It's a joy"
Deb Healey is a long time Samford local and heralding from regional New South Wales, she is a country girl at heart. Her love for creating using her needles and hooks and working with many fibres was the guiding force to want to share the experience. There is a hidden power of the purl and stitch mantra; a soothing activity to calm us or a means to celebrate and come together to share.
Deb does not actually remember being taught how to knit or crochet, it had been a fabric of her life for many years and evokes wonderful memories of time spent with her mother and Nanna. It feeds her soul to make something and then pass it on to someone special, or to introduce someone to crochet or knitting and then see the joy it brings to their life. This passion led Deb to start a community based “Yarn Circle” in 2013. Over the past 9 years she has made the most wonderful friends and had the joy of watching skills develop and friendships grow. It was their encouragement and support that gave Deb the courage to finally realise a long time dream of having her own yarn shop.
"My dream for That Yarn Place is that it will become a community within its self – a place where people come to learn, come for friendship and connectedness and come because they feel welcomed and valued. We support local artisans by stocking their beautiful yarn or accessories and we offer support to everyone who takes the time to visit our little shop in anyway we can – because That Yarn Place is YOUR place."
To quote Loretta Napoleoni from The Power of Knitting
“ Revealing recent discoveries in neuroscience, The Power of Knitting offers proof of the healing powers of knitting on our bodies and minds. Breaking through societal barriers, even nursing broken hearts, and helping to advance cutting-edge science, knitting is still a valuable instrument for navigating our daily lives”