Crafty Stitches Ltd in Northwich is one of hundreds taking part in Yarn Shop Day, the biggest event of the year for knitting and crochet fans!

On Saturday 27th April a nationwide event to celebrate local yarn shops returns for a sixth year, and local business Crafty Stitches is taking part in the festivities. Customers who visit the shop on Yarn Shop Day will be able to enjoy a day of offers, goody bags and meet the team from Cheshire Police who we are supporting with their fabulous Panda bears for their police cars.

Regulars and new customers alike are encouraged to go along for a fun filled day and to show their support for Britain’s much-loved independent wool shops which, as well as a place to buy supplies, are often the hub of the local crafting community,

Joan Hubbard of Crafty Stitches said: “Once again, we’re delighted to be taking part in Yarn Shop Day and we hope to welcome customers old and new on the day. This year we see in the 21st year of Crafty Stitches on Yarn Shop Day and we promise to make it the best one yet!

“These are tough times for bricks-and-mortar stores but events like this help to highlight the valuable service we offer. Customers rely on their local yarn shop for more than just needles and wool – it’s a place to get advice, meet like-minded people and feel part of a crafting community. We would like to thank our lovely customers and as such, we will have goody bags for all customers spending £20 or more on the day!”

The family run business has been part of Northwich’s high street for the last 21 years, but its history as a wool shop goes back to 1946, when it started out as West Wools after the Second World War.  For many years though, Joan has been involved in giving back to the community, including supporting St Luke’s Hospice, Hats for Heroes and more recently the Pandas for Pandas initiative with Cheshire Police.

Daughter Louise explains: “We pride ourselves on helping our local community and regularly involve ourselves in various charity projects and this year, we are supporting Cheshire Police with our Panda for Panda initiative.  Our fabulous customers have been part of this amazing initiative which provides knitted Panda bears for Cheshire Police to use when children are present and in distressing circumstances.  Pandas are given to children to help calm and distract and they are theirs to keep forever – something to create a positive outcome from a negative situation.  Each Panda is safety checked before going to Cheshire Police and this means that they are suitable for children of all ages.  On our Yarn Shop Day, Cheshire Police will be joining us and we really want to thank them for all their hard work in looking after this county, especially to the Special police officers who volunteer their time alongside the regulars.

 “We’d also like to let everyone know that Crafty Stitches is actually 21 years old on Yarn Shop Day and 21 customers will have the chance to receive a discount voucher giving them 21% off their next purchase. We will also have 10% discount vouchers and free pattern vouchers in gift bags that we’ll be handing out alongside other goodies too.”

The event has been organised by leading publications Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting and last year over 200 outlets took part nationwide. Let’s Knit editor Sarah Neal said: “More and more of us are turning to crafts for relaxation and stress relief. Why not take a trip to your local yarn store on Yarn Shop Day and discover those benefits for yourself?”