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Quilting, Crafting and Knitting Supplies from Whatcom County Craft Stores

Whatcom County is a destination for crafters of all types: from soapmakers to scrapbookers; knitters to quilters. They love the variety of craft stores Whatcom County features, as well as the wide selection of yarns, fabrics and crafting supplies. I recently had a chance to visit a few craft shops in Bellingham, and discovered a whole new world, along with some highly talented shopkeepers who clearly love their craft and their customers!

For Knitters and Crocheters

[caption id="attachment_22024" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Knitting, Yarn, Apple Yarns Top: Apple Yarns entrance, interior with owner Andrea Evans
Bottom: Store displays, class in session in the Gathering Room[/caption] Apple Yarns in Bellingham is a friendly, lively and colorful place for yarn fans. The shop has been in business for over seven years, and is well established in the knitting-crocheting community. And, it's easy to get there from I-5 (just look for the signs on the freeway!). [caption id="attachment_22028" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Knitting, Yarn, Apple Yarns What's new? Noro yarns from Japan, now made with Merino wool! Apple Yarns is one of very few retailers who have it in the U.S.[/caption] Owner Andrea Evans pays close attention to trends, and provides her customers with everything they need to keep up. This knitting novice learned that circular needles are they only way to go (mine are all straight), and that Noro, a prized Japanese yarn maker, has just released spring yarns made with Merino wool, which is less scratchy and more yummy. [caption id="attachment_22029" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Knitting, Yarn, Apple Yarns Top: Sweater and hat, Yarn Spoolies.
Bottom: Yarn-customized tandem bike, Seahawks knitwear.[/caption] From basic Learn to Knit and Crochet to more advanced lessons, all Apple Yarn classes are taught by experienced teachers, including the recent "Make a Seahawks Hat" class. Altogether, 60 loyal fans learned how to knit a blue and green "12" hat just in time for Super Bowl parties. Apple Yarns even teaches an arm knitting class, which requires no needles--just your arms. (Super Bowl hat classes are over, but you can stop by and pick up the pattern. If you know how to knit and purl, you can make the hat.) Beginners can learn to make the arm-knitted scarf above if you make it to the class on Tuesday, January 27. Call the shop for details. [caption id="attachment_22027" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Knitting, Yarn, Apple Yarns Skeins of yarn, circular and straight needles, and luxurious hand-dyed yarn from SweetGeorgia[/caption] Apple Yarns is a place where needle workers gather to knit, crochet and socialize--often for a good cause. Ongoing group sessions bring together knitters to make mastectomy prosthetics called Knitted Knockers, which are free to breast cancer patients and survivors. Knitted Knockers is an organization started by Barbara Demorest, a Bellingham woman who made it her mission to connect volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors, and provide comfortable prosthetics (most are not) to anyone who needs them. She ships about 100 per week all over the U.S. Apple Yarns offers a 10% store discount to anyone who brings in a pair, and you can pick up the pattern at the store. It's just one example of how giving the crafting community can be! Stop into Apple Yarns and you might even be inspired (like I am!) to learn how to knit. Apple Yarns, 1780 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA 98229       360-756-9992 Apple Yarns on Facebook

More Whatcom County Yarn Shops

Wool Station-Yarns Northwest 1103 11th St Bellingham, WA 98225 360-527-9831 NW Handspun Yarns 1401 Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225 360-738-0167 Knit Night Tuesdays 5:30-8:00 Knit Day Wednesday 1:00-3:00 Beach Basket Yarns & Gifts 7620 Birch Bay Dr Ste BBlaine, WA 98230 360-371-033 J & J's Needle Art 436 W Bakerview Rd Ste 109 Bellingham,WA 98226 360-676-9090  

For Quilters

Winter is the perfect time of year to stay inside and work on crafts. If you're a quilter, or want to be, Bellingham's Two Thimbles Quilt Shop is the perfect place to spend some time planning or learning how to get started on your next project. The shop has been in business for eight years, and is located just outside downtown Bellingham, in a small shopping center that's close to I-5. It's easy to get in and out, and there's free parking! Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Quilting, Two Thimbles, Quilt Shop The shop features a huge variety of fabrics and quilting supplies, including Jo Morton fabrics, books and bundles. From kits and patterns, to bobbin clips and magnetic bookmarks, you'll find everything you need to make quilting easier and more fun, whether you're a novice or an expert. The shop also caters to apron and pincushion enthusiasts, with all kinds of fabrics and patterns, and a new pincushion pattern each month, so you can add to your collection. Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Quilting, Two Thimbles, Quilt Shop Two Thimbles owner Lee Glendening specializes in Civil War reproduction prints, and the shop is filled with patterns and fabrics that honor this colorful and historic era. Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Quilting, Two Thimbles, Quilt Shop   Events at Two Thimbles Quilt Shop include a variety of classes throughout 2015. Sewing Soirees are on the first Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and give quilters use of the classroom, design walls, cutting tables and and ironing stations. Lunch is included, too! See the Two Thimbles website for details. Quilters, mark your calendars for the 2015 Tri-County Quilt Tour! It's March 26th through the 28th, 2015 and this year's theme is "Farm to Market." Contact Lee for more information. Two Thimbles Quilt Shop, 1805 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-715-1629 Two Thimbles Quilt Shop on Facebook

More Whatcom County Quilt Shops

Tangeled Thread Quilt Shop 202 6th St. Lynden, WA 98264 360-318-1567 Folktales 1885 Kok Rd. Lynden, WA 98264 360-354-0855 Fabric Etc. (CLOSED) 1633 Birchwood Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 671-5277

For Scrapbookers and Crafters

Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe is another destination shop for anyone who loves papercrafting. The store is chock-full of beautiful, hand-made and specialty papers, and art supplies. In fact, they have one of the best selections of papers on the West Coast. [caption id="attachment_22038" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Stampadoodle, Stamps, Paper Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe carries gorgeous handmade papers, as well as a huge selection of specialty papers.[/caption] And befitting the original store name, Stampadoodle, here you'll find more stamps than you've ever seen in your life (at least that was the case for me). They're also manufacturers of custom stamps. [caption id="attachment_22037" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Stampadoodle, Stamps, Paper So. Many. Stamps![/caption] At Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe, you can find everything you need to create your own cards, photo frames and scrapbooks, practice the art of bookbinding or scrapbooking, or have fun with just about whichever handmade craft you love. [caption id="attachment_22036" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Stampadoodle, Stamps, Paper Papers, ribbons and stencils. Oh my![/caption] Skilled crafters teach all kinds of classes, even for rookies like me. Learn how to make journals, fancy 3D cards and much more. Lunchtime demos are every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m., and they're free! Check out the 2015 schedule here. Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe also offers crafting space for anyone who wants to come in and use their Community Crafting Area. It's available whenever they're open, and their knowledgable staff can help you with your questions. Use their die-cutting machine for free when you purchase your paper there. Stampadoodle & The Paper Cafe, 1825 Grant St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-647-9663 Stampadoodle on Facebook   Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Otion, Soap Bar, Soap Making Supplies Otion is a soap bar in downtown Bellingham that offers a huge variety of supplies, like essential oils, molds and kits. Here, anyone can make handmade soap, lotions, bath bombs, lip balm, nail polish and candles like a pro, even if  you're a crafting newbie. [caption id="attachment_22043" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Otion, Soap Bar, Soap Making Supplies Top: Finished soaps, the Handmade Beauty Box
Bottom: Spring Meadow essential oil, Crafter's Corner[/caption] Essential oils, fragrance oils, colorants and much more line the shelves, and make the store smell amazing. How about spring meadow, vanilla rosewood, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, frankincense, myrrh, or scotch pine? I also spotted sweet almond, apricot kernel, sesame and hazelnut oils, along with rosewater and natural exfoliants like crushed grape seeds and walnut shells. Bottles, jars tubes and everything else you might need to finish off your hand crafted beauty products are close at hand. The Crafter's Corner features four fully-stocked workstations, and is available to anyone who wants to make their own lip balm, bath bombs, nail polish or melt-and-pour soap. Teachers are available to help, and projects are appropriate for all ages. Call 360-676-1030 to reserve your spot! Whatcom County, Bellingham, Craft Store, Crafting, Otion, Soap Bar, Soap Making Supplies Otion offers loads of classes, and birthday parties, as well. There's even a beer soap-making class coming up that looks pretty interesting to this hophead. If you're an experienced soapmaker, or just entering the world of handmade beauty products, Otion is the place for you. Otion 301 W Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225 360-676-1030 Otion on Facebook

More Whatcom County Craft Stores

Beauty in the Bead Shop 436 W Bakerview Rd. #111 Bellingham, WA 98226 360-393-4605 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores 1125 E Sunset Dr. Ste. 125 (Sunset Square) Bellingham, WA 98226 360-34-8922 Michaels 4383 Meridian St Bellingham, WA 98226 360-738-7932

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