Find Us At Shrewsbury Market Hall
**We will stay open later on a Friday by appointment.
Why we did this:
TERI: The shop idea came from being total yarn addicts without a wonderful yarn and fibre shop to go to. We went to shows like Wonder Wool Wales and loved them and started our own little version; Wonderful Wool Day Oswestry. But we had to travel further afield for spinning supplies. I think it may have been the china mugs and making tea in the back of Becca’s car driving back from a fluff-related outing that made us decide we needed something closer.
We came up with several ideas but when the unit at Shrewsbury Market Hall came up we knew that it was the right thing to do. We wanted to create our wool haven where people can find everything wool orientated from 10g of Shetland fleece for felting to some really swanky silk yarn.
We both have a background in healing people and we both believe that wool-related crafts are a very good way of enabling people to heal themselves or cope with illness or bereavement and wool helps to bring people together to reduce isolation.
BECCA: We were both looking for new careers. During our Knit Club evenings Teri and I would often start a “wouldn’t it be nice if we…” conversation, and talked about having a stall at various festivals, or a mobile shop, or then a real shop. We talked about it so much it became “Why don’t we”.
The stall became vacant in Shrewsbury market at just the right time, so we went for it. I feel we make a good team and balance each out well, Teri reins me in when I get carried away and I remind her when we have to remember our limitations. Together we have endless ideas and aren’t afraid to make experiments.
What we did before:
TERI: I had a business growing, processing and selling medicinal herbs, teaching how to make natural skin care products and practicing as a medical herbalist.
BECCA: I was a psychiatric nurse and I had and still have Alterknitive which is my creative outlet selling my patterns and handmade jewellery.
What we want our shop to be:
We truly want people to enjoy being in the shop and to have a lovely time choosing their purchases. We want to provide wonderful service the old fashioned way where everyone is treated to their own time whether they are buying one ball or enough for a jumper.
Exceptional products are important to us ethically as well as being top quality. We research our products to make sure that no one (including sheep) are harmed and that everyone gets a fair deal. In addition, we would like to think we have something for everyone’s budget.
We listen to our customers and where possible we give them what they want (but not acrylic!). We really love our shop, it is our happy place, and we want you to share our woolly happiness!
Our website is a little off-shoot; we hope it will draw you to our shop and give you a taste of the goodies on offer.
Shropshire Ply and why:
The idea for creating a local yarn started about 3 years ago and was mainly due to British fleece being undervalued as a product. So much yarn bought in this country is merino and or foreign imports when the whole economy of Britain was founded on the backs of sheep from the Middle Ages on. Britain has the greatest variety of sheep breeds and each fleece can be used for something whether carpets or vests. We decided to gather fleece from small local flocks so we would have enough to be spun into a commercial product.
This was a way of highlighting how wonderful Britain’s heritage of wool is and of using fleece that would otherwise be wasted. Our yarn is made from fleece from my sheep and other local pedigree Shropshire sheep. We blended some of it with local coloured fleece to produce a grey marled yarn. We also have a local Black Welsh Mountain blended with British alpaca giving a beautiful naturally coloured 4 ply yarn.
Our yarn is a traditional woollen spun yarn drawing on the knowledge of breeders, spinners and textile historians. It pulls together many things important to us like heritage, local produce, British yarn, supporting British industry and British farmers.