Welcome to the Woolpatch
I'm Stuart, owner of The Woolpatch, a shop that sells yarn, farbic and haberdashery items.
I was a teacher and subject leader at a secondary school in Suffolk for 16 years and in 2016 decided that was enough and wanted a career change. I've always loved retail and wanted to have my own shop for some time. Well...now I have one. A wonderful little yarn and fabric shop in the same county that I taught in - Suffolk.
I taught in the creative arts so have always had a creative passion for drawing, making and creating and am incredibly excited to be able to continue to be creative in this new career where I'll be pretty much learning all the skills right from the start especially with regard to the business side of things!
The shop is situated in the middle of Long Melford, an historic wool town in Suffolk. We're little, but hopefully in the coming years will grow and grow.
We do classes and workshops during the day. Such as general knit and knatter classes where you turn up and chat, knit and get spoiled by me with tea and coffee to skills workshops learning how to crochet, knit and more!
All our classes are run by local experts or by myself. The wonderful thing about my position is I'm a learner in so many of these skills so you will never have to feel intimidated or uncomfortable as I'll be learning with you.
Everything about The Woolpatch is done by me, including this website. At times products may be lacking in information as I havn't typed it in yet, so if you need more information on anything then ring or email. I'll be making many mistakes I'm sure - which is great as that's what learning is all about and I'm not at all worried about that.
So, follow me and the shops progress over the coming years. Come along and support me and everyone in the shop, or just by buying online rather than going to the big Internet Sites. Let's keep pushing this wonderful wave of popularity that Crafting is going through and enjoy the coming years of being creative together.
I'm very much looking forward to the next 16 years of my new career
Oh and Baabara, our shop sheep. the logo I designed for the shop. You'll see her everywhere.