Let’s start by answering the big question, just what is a local yarn shop? Is it just the nearest place you can go to buy yarn? In that case, Michaels or Hobby Lobby would count. So no, not quite.
Just like a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t a square, your local yarn shop is so much more than just a place to buy yarn. It’s a local small business run by people from your own community. A magical place where you can meet other like-minded crafters and hang out over a set of needles and a cup of coffee.
Someplace you will be inspired by other projects and learn new skills. A place that’s your second home, where we always know your name, and which cat you’re knitting a sweater for this time.
A Local Yarn Shop is a place where no mistake is ever too big or too silly to ask for help. When you have to frog a project, it’s the place where we cry with you. But it’s also the place where we help pick you back up and keep right on knitting or crocheting away.
Our Commitment to You
Here at Hearts on Fiber, we believe that a local yarn shop is all those things and more. Our commitment is to support local and independent artists. We believe that the more you support the local economy, the more your community can prosper and grow.
Supporting businesses that are morally and ethically upstanding is at the backbone of our sourcing. Everywhere we buy from is not only as eco-friendly as possible, but they give fair treatment to their workers and animals.
We want businesses who remember that the fiber we love is from animals we love, not just a factory. Finding organic products as much as possible and never letting go of quality is our mission.
Our dye processes use low immersion and small batch dye methods. To leave as little impact on the environment as possible, we make sure the dye has thoroughly dispersed before rinsing. Our fiber is from a majority of small farms and herds that are well looked after and loved.
LYS vs. Major Retailers or Buying Online
Walking through the doors of your local yarn shop is an experience, and you’re entering a community. We will proudly display your work and brag about how beautiful your latest hat is! Trying to stay competitive in today’s market is hard.
We do sell online so that if you’re looking for convenience, you can find it. But we will probably never be the quick experience you get at Michael’s or other large retailers.
Statistics Say It All
According to the year end report for 2018 by America’s Knitting, 33 yarn shops closed their doors this past year across the United States. That seems like a big number until you realize that in 2017 there were 63 yarn shops that closed down. The year before that it dropped by 87 shops.
The statistics are disheartening but understandable as people shift to online purchases. It’s also hard to compete with the big corporate giants who offer such a large selection at low prices.
A good quality yarn isn’t cheap, to say the least, especially on big projects like afghans or sweaters. We get it! Many specialty yarns have prices through the roof. While we can’t resist the appeal of carrying some of those beautiful brands, we also strive to find more affordable counterparts. These counterparts still fulfill our mission of being sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly.
Ways to Support Your LYS Without Spending Money
Are you strapped for cash, or working on stash busting? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways that you can help support your Local Yarn Shop without having to spend a dime.
Follow Us on Social Media
Follow Us and Tag us on Ravelry, Facebook, or Instagram- this is a fun way to engage with us and keep in the loop about all the new and exciting products and events we have to offer. When you finish a project with our yarn or with our help, just give us a tag! Not only does it make us super proud to see what you’ve made, but it’s a great way to show others!
Share our Posts
Share our Posts- when you share our posts you can generate buzz about us and what we do, this way your friends and family can see. The more, the merrier!
Write a Review
Write a Review- writing a review on our Facebook page or Google is a fantastic way to publicly share your experience at Hearts on Fiber to the world. We hope that it was all positive, but even if not, we love your feedback so we can work on improving our service to you.
Working on your projects in Public
This may seem obvious, but it’s pretty cool what you do! Knitting and crocheting in public get people interested, and when they ask where on earth you found such amazing yarn you can say Hearts on Fiber!
Teach your Friends and Family your Skills
The best way to generate more business is to infect more of the population with the bug! Get your friends and family in on your knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, sewing. Once they start we know they won’t want to stop!
All of these are great ways for you to show your love without having to spend any money. We’re not out to empty your wallet (though we don’t speak for the yarn, it wants you to buy more). But we do hope to see you in our store real soon! We’re proud to be a part of such a supportive and friendly community; there’s no place we’d rather call home.