Local shops for sewing, knitting and other sewing hobbies

Throughout the pandemic, there have been many phases and fashions. Certain hobbies have become essential in the lives of many. From sourdough bread baking and the Tiger King frenzy of 2020 to posting our Wordle scores today, people across the country have been brought together by all kinds of curious pastimes. Sewing is a way to keep busy for those who had busy schedules!

Sewing can refer to any craft created with a needle, including sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and quilting. Over the past two years, there has been a marked increase in the creation of Etsy shops, online craft businesses, and sewing as a hobby.

Here’s a look at some of the best stores in our area for sewers of all skill levels.

The Wire Barn, 1666 Litchfield Turnpike #1, Woodbridge

An exceptional aspect of The Yarn Barn is that it offers classes. Spring classes start in March and places fill up quickly, so be on the lookout if you’re looking to learn a new skill or brush up on existing ones.

There is thread, thread and more thread! They also stock sewing pieces you can buy and accessories for anyone who wants to try their hand at creating their own image-based pieces.

New England Yarn 995 Queen Street Unit 3, Southington

There are models galore at this adorable shop, as well as classes (in-person and virtual options). Don’t miss this colorful cornucopia.

Pamela Roose Specialty Hand Knits & Yarn 88 Court St, Middletown

This hidden gem, tucked away just off Main Street in Middletown, is a great option for those looking for a quick round trip with some of the best wire options Connecticut has to offer. Knowledgeable staff and a comfortable location make this option unique.

New Haven Knitting, 26 Whitney Ave, New Haven

For an unexpected cozy spot in an otherwise bustling neighborhood, step into “New Haven’s Largest Selection of Yarns, Knitting Accessories, and Spinning Supplies” right on the Yale campus. From swatches to sweaters, you’ll never know what fun fuzzy items will be featured in the store.

With spring fast approaching, we certainly have plenty of chilly winter days left here in Connecticut, so why not enjoy a comfortable boat? Even if you’ve never needled, it’s never too late to start!

Francesca Fontánez is a journalist, educator and creative based in Meriden. A graduate of the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden to write about the city she loves and its surroundings. When she’s not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School, she explores the East Coast for her lifestyle blog (@eastsidevibes on Instagram) or works on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevibeswithcess@gmail.com with advice on what you want to read next, or just to say hello!