Yarn Barn of Kansas

Retailer Spotlight: Yarn Barn of Kansas

Location: Downtown Lawrence, KS

Website: http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/

Yarn Barn of Kansas

The Yarn Barn of Kansas downtown shopping area of Lawrence, Kansas. Massachusetts Street is an old-fashioned shopping street, with lots of locally-owned stores and restaurants… visitors to the shop can easily send their tag-along family members to the science store, toy store, British-goods store, European market, or one of several clothing stores (and that is just on the same block!)

Lawrence is a beautiful college town that’s home to the University of Kansas, a mecca for basketball fans. Just slightly farther afield from the shop, James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” are on display. There are art and natural history museums on the campus as well as a local history museum downtown. It’s easy to find many excuses to visit Lawrence!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

But I know why you’re reading… it’s to hear about the shop and their yarn and spinning/weaving supplies, right?

The Yarn Barn has been open for 46 years (with the same owner!) and is well-known as one of the country’s best stocked yarn and fiber equipment shops. The photos only hint at the abundance of yummy products in the shop!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

But when asked about the driving force of the shop, owner Susan Bateman points to her shop’s focus on customer service. “We believe that the best thing we can do for customers is to give them the skills and knowledge they need to complete a project successfully. When they are investing money in yarn and time in knitting or weaving something, they deserve to have a good result.” Helpful staff are available to guide customers through the abundance of yarn choices.

The service doesn’t stop there. Susan says, “In addition to the many classes we teach in knitting, weaving, spinning, and crochet, we help customers daily with their projects: correcting mistakes, explaining techniques, and interpreting patterns. We also love getting people off on the right foot when they are planning a new project.”

Yarn Barn Louet S17 spinning wheel

Although the shop draws customers every day from the general northeastern Kansas area, including Kansas City and Topeka, the community isn’t just local. Susan is proud to point out that a number of “weavers and spinners come from surrounding states to our classes, and we have mail order customers who have been with us for 25 years or more. They keep us posted by phone and e-mail on their lives and projects. In the summertime, we are often a destination for these long-distance customers, who stop in on their travels across the country.”

Kansas is in the heart of America (literally. The exact center of the US is located near Lebanon, KS!), and having done drives through Kansas myself, I can attest that the Yarn Barn and the town of Lawrence are a treat worth planning your road trips through!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

Even though the shop has been open for nearly 5 decades, you’d be wrong to think it’s a shop that’s just standing still. Yarn Barn is constantly looking for new trends to help it’s customers connect with projects they love. Susan tells us her customers are going crazy for the “American raised and spun Brooklyn Tweed yarns! The yarns are beautiful and the patterns are incredibly well written.” Unique fibers are striking a cord with customers in the shop. “We carry Tencel from two different companies and are constantly finding uses for its luminous colors, beautiful sheen, and great drape having many of the qualities of silk but at a fraction of the cost!”

Susan also notes that small floor looms, like the Jane, are steady sellers, especially as tapestries are very hot right now!

If you’re anywhere nearby, I recommend putting Yarn Barn on your list of detours well-worth it! Get help selecting the perfect project (or new fiber hobby!) from their friendly staff!

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The Woolery in Frankfort KY

Retailer Spotlight: The Woolery in Frankfort, KY

Location: Historic Downtown Frankfort, KY

Website: https://woolery.com/

The Woolery in Frankfort KY

The Woolery is carries an outstanding array of everything fiber: we carry a wide range of spinning, weaving, and rug hooking tools, accessories, supplies, and parts. From floor looms to rigid heddle looms, your dream spinning wheel and wool processing tools like drum carders, hand cards and combs- they’ve got it all!

The Woolery Spinning Wheels

Though their stock is amazing, The Woolery prides itself most on its customer service. Of their stated goals, The Woolery says, “We strive to handle every order and issue personally, quickly, and with the lowest possible cost to the buyer.” The shop’s YouTube channel is well-known for detailed and carefully-explained tool comparisons. And there’s no shortage of ways to reach the shop: phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the website even has a live chat feature! Of course, you can also stop by the store in person to ask a question.

The Woolery weaving yarns

The shop began in 1981 when Marianne Horchler decided to offer retail wool, basic supplies, and spinning lessons at the family farm in Genoa, NY.  In 1995, The Woolery became one of the first fiber arts suppliers with a website. After selling the farm, Tim and Marianne moved the business to Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 2001. Chris & Nancy Miller bought the business in 2009 and moved it to historic Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky where they expanded locations twice.  In 2015, current owners Wave & Perri McFarland purchased The Woolery, upgraded and expanded retail space yet again, improved the online experience, and expanded the classroom accommodations!

The Woolery Weaving Shuttles

A visit to the shop and the surrounding Downtown Frankfurt, Kentucky makes for a delightful day. So many amazing historical places are right next door; the Old Statehouse, the Kentucky Military History Museum, the Capital City Museum, and the Old Governor’s Mansion. The downtown area features cute shops and restaurants. There are even free Kentucky River Boat tours along the Kentucky River that give a great view of Frankfort! Plus, it never hurts to be so close to Buffalo Trace Distillery, bourbon and Kentucky are two peas in a pod!

Louet David Floor Loom

The Woolery carries many Louet Weaving Looms and Spinning Wheels, but I asked them to tell us about some of their favorite non-equipment items right now. There are so many… they couldn’t pick just one! “Our new Merino/Silk Top has stolen our hearts. It’s a blend of extra fine 19 micron Merino Wool and Tussah Silk. Most Merino/Silk blend are a 80/20 blend but ours is 70/30, so it’s extra soft and fabulous. Colors wise, it has 25 beautiful solids and 15 very special marble striped blends. For the weavers out there, we love our Bluegrass Mills 6/2 Cotton Yarn. We love that it is 100% USA cotton, spun and dyed right here in the states. It’s super versatile for weaving wonderful items for the kitchen, home, or clothing.”

Yum!

The Woolery

If you’re looking for a little slice of fiber happiness, here’s the place!

 

Address: 859 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601

Website: https://woolery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWoolery/

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Blog: https://thewooleryguy.wordpress.com/author/thewooleryguy/

 

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