Yarn Shop Day 2016

Its back, and bigger than ever! This year we’re extending Support Your Local Yarn Shop day for a whole week!

This year from 24 – 30 April we will have activities, prizes, freebies, free advice and lots of offers in store, to help you Support your local yarn shop.

Below you can find three free patterns to download, bring in store and create!

For more information, please call us on 0177 705433

Giraffe Knitting Pattern

Tiny Elephant Pattern

Chis the Crochet Monkey

Summer Sunshine

We’re celebrating the arrival of Summer (Finally) with a new window display!

Using a beautifully bright Amy Butler fabric as a base for colours (rich oranges, blues and torquoise) we were able to add into this with products from the shop and innovative display techniques. This winow celebrates what we all love about summer – the great outdoors, imagine your self sat in the garden surrounded by colour and drink a glass of crisp champagne!

Happy Summer!

Yarn Shop Day Is Back

Celebrate Your Local Yarn Shop this May

Whether you’re a crochet expert, novice knitter, or just fancy trying out a new craft, don’t miss Yarn Shop Day

On May 2 2015, the second annual Yarn Shop Day will take place in knitting and craft stores across the country, and here at The Craft Shop we’re delighted to be involved once again. The even has been organised by leading publications Let’s Knit and Let’s get Crafting to support and celebrate Britain’s much-loved local, independent wool and craft shops.  

We’re delighted to be taking part for the second year running, said Diane Hemsley, of The Craft Shop. Over the past few years we’ve seen a definite increase in the number of people who have returned to knitting or are starting it as a new hobby.  Being able to provide advice on yarn crafting has become part of what we do for our crafting community.”

During the day The Craft Shop will have numerous activities happening, such as in-store offers, competitions and expert advice on knitting and crocheting. “We are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new through the door, and hope our local crocheters and knitters will get involved.”

If you’d like to get involved but can’t get down to see us you can download free knitting pattern or crochet pattern, just click on the links below!

Yarn Shop Day – Free Knitting Pattern Download

Yarn Shop Day – Free Crochet Pattern Download


If you would like any more information about the day please don’t hesitate to contact us on  0177 705433






We’ve turned Purple!

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: and we’ve turned purple to support it. 

Cancer affects all people from all walks of lives, whether you’ve had it yourself or you know someone has. But, for us here at The Craft Shop, pancreatic cancer has affected us the most, and because of this we’ve diced to turn purple for November to show our support.

Firstly, our profile picture on both Facebook and Twitter has had a mini makeover and turned purple…






We’ve also turned our window purple, with an added festive theme. Selecting different purple products from around the shop we were bale to create a window (which is our biggest advertiser) to show our support for such a great cause.












You can see more images of the window on our Facebook page here. 


If you wold like any more information on Pancreatic cancer or how to support the cause please visit the links below*:




*Please note: “The Craft Shop” or “us” or “we” cannot be held responsible for the contact on external websites (other than our own Facebook and Twitter pages) that have been linked in the blog. If you have any problems surrounding these websites then please contact the appropriate bodies.

Fabric Fever

Did you know we’ve got over 150 bolts of fabric in-store for you to choose from?! Everything from 100% cotton to 100% wool, perfect for small projects or a new summer jacket (we even have simplicity patterns)

Take a look at our new season fabrics, featuring nautical, floral and linen – staring from £10.99 a metre…


Local Yarn Shop Day

On Saturday 3 May we took part in Support Your Local Yarn Shop day – celebrating all things fantastic about your local yarn shop and all it’s glorious products.

On the day we had many cakles on offer for cusomters, as well as drinks supplied throughout the day. We also had offers on in-store and the chance to win this hamper….

Finally, we took the day dedicated to yarn as a chance to yarn bomb Retford, Diane was out early Saturday morning hanging the knitted bunting…

Take a look at more photos of the day on our Facebook page!

Local Yarn Shop Day 2014

Saturday 3 May marks Local Yarn Shop Day 2014 and we’re celebrating in style!

Join us in-store for events and offers throughout the day, including a raffle for a luxury knitting hamper – featuring a signed copy of the new King Cole Baby Book 6, By Sue Batley-Kyle.

As well as some fabulous prizes to be won and extraordinary offers to be had, we will also be offering cakes, treats and drinks throughout the day.

For the latest information on this wonderful event, see our Facebook Page Event – here!


Easter Opening Times 2014

Please take a look below at our Easter Opening times, if any changes occur it will be updated immediately. If you have any question, please contact the shop on 01777 705433. Normal shop hours will resume as of Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

We wish all our customers a Happy Easter!

‘Crafty Coop’

It’s that time of year again and Easter is only a week away!

Take a look at our latest window display ‘Crafty Coop’ where we have two new resident hens – one knitting and the other crocheting! Around them we have brightly coloured Spring delights from around the shop that include yarns, buttons, jewellery, cross-stitch kits and much more!

Using a palette of bright primary colours on a natural base allowed us to explore the beauty that lies within Spring, and more specifically easter – creating a joyful and thought provoking window, that lets the imagination run wild with ideas as to what to create next!

Take a look at our Facebook page for more detailed photos of our Easter Window display!

Easter Treasure Hunt 2014

It’s that time of year again and we’re taking part in the Totally Locally Easter Treasure Hunt – and you can too!

As part of the Totally Locally scheme, shops throughout Retford have teamed up to create a fantastic easter trail! Running from the 5 – 19 April, each shop involved will have a specific item within in their shop or in their window that is the answer to the clue on your question sheet, all correct entry forms will be entered in to the prize draw – which will take place on the 26 April at Captain Jacks, Chancery Lane, Retford.

Entry forms are available from Bookworm, Retford and Captain Jacks, Retford – as well as being downloadable below!

Easter Trail Question Sheet 2014

Good Luck!