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 fellow woman kinship. She does however remember knitting a giant granny square bag when she was about 10 and a multi coloured scarf (that curled up on the sides) for the local craft shop. She was very proud of her achievements at such a young age, it was a pity that customers did not appreciate the fine work of art!
That was a long time ago, but the seed was planted and throughout her life she has been making things. 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 8 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”