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
Top: Apple Yarns entrance, interior with owner Andrea Evans
Bottom: Store displays, class in session in the Gathering Room
Apple Yarns in Bellingham is a friendly, livelyÂ andÂ colorful place for yarn fans. The shop hasÂ been in business for over seven years, and isÂ 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!).
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.
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, aÂ prized Japanese yarn maker, has just released springÂ yarns made with Merino wool, which is less scratchy and more yummy.
Top: Sweater and hat, Yarn Spoolies.
Bottom: Yarn-customized tandem bike, Seahawks knitwear.
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”Â hat just in time for Super Bowl parties. Apple YarnsÂ even teaches an arm knittingÂ 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 theÂ arm-knitted scarf above if you make it to the class on Tuesday, January 27. Call the shop for details.
Skeins of yarn, circular and straight needles, and luxurious hand-dyed yarn from SweetGeorgia
Apple Yarns is a place where needle workers gather to knit, crochet and socialize–often for a good cause. Ongoing group sessions bring togetherÂ knitters to makeÂ 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, andÂ 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 Â Â Â 360-756-9992
Apple Yarns on Facebook
More Whatcom County Yarn Shops
Wool Station-Yarns Northwest
1103 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225
NW Handspun Yarns
1401 Commercial St,
Bellingham, WA 98225
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
J & J’s Needle Art
436 W Bakerview Rd Ste 109
Winter is the perfect time of year to stay inside and work on crafts. If you’re a quilter, or want to be, Bellingham’sÂ Two Thimbles Quilt Shop is the perfect place to spend some time planning orÂ learning how to get started onÂ your next project. The shopÂ has been in business for eight years, and is located just outsideÂ downtown Bellingham, in a small shopping centerÂ that’s close to I-5. It’s easy to get in and out, and there’sÂ free parking!
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 andÂ 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 eachÂ month, so you can add to your collection.
Two Thimbles owner Lee Glendening specializes in Civil War reproduction prints, and the shop is filled withÂ patterns and fabrics that honorÂ this colorful and historic era.
Events at Two Thimbles Quilt Shop include a variety of classes throughout 2015. Sewing Soirees are onÂ the first Friday of everyÂ 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!Â It’s March 26th through the 28th, 2015 and this year’s theme is “Farm to Market.” ContactÂ 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 QuiltÂ Shops
Tangeled Thread Quilt Shop
202 6th St.
Lynden, WA 98264
1885 Kok Rd.
Lynden, WA 98264
For Scrapbookers and Crafters
Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe is another destination shop for anyone who lovesÂ 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.
Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe carries gorgeous handmade papers, as well as a huge selection of specialty papers.
And befitting the original store name, Stampadoodle, here you’ll findÂ 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.
So. Many. Stamps!
At Stampadoodle and The Paper Cafe, you can find everything you need to createÂ your own cards, photo frames and scrapbooks, practice the art of bookbinding or scrapbooking, or have fun withÂ just about whichever handmade craft you love.
Papers, ribbons and stencils. Oh my!
Skilled crafters teachÂ 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
Otion is a soap bar in downtown Bellingham that offers a huge variety ofÂ supplies, likeÂ 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 Â you’re aÂ crafting newbie.
Top: Finished soaps, the Handmade Beauty Box
Bottom: Spring Meadow essential oil, Crafter’s Corner
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-stockedÂ 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!
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 enteringÂ 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 CraftÂ Stores
Beauty in the Bead Shop
436 W Bakerview Rd. #111
Bellingham, WA 98226
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
1125 E Sunset Dr. Ste. 125 (Sunset Square)
Bellingham, WA 98226
4383 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98226