knits by sachi

Yarn shop day

on April 14, 2014

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On Saturday 3rd May 2014, yarn shops across the UK will be celebrating Yarn Shop Day. It is a campaign launched by leading publications, Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting.
I was chosen to be one of the ambassadors and will be offering workshops at Gillian Gladrags, craft shop for fibre arts in Dorking, Surrey.

Gillian is the author of felting books and the owner of the shop. She has written three books; Complete felting, Carnival of felting and felting fabulous flowers.

On Friday, I decided to pay a visit to the shop. I had never been to Dorking and was not too sure if I manage to find the shop easily. I didn’t wanted to get lost and be late on the workshop day.

Plus, it was nice and sunny. I drag my teenage son out of the house.

Dorking is a lovely town with many antique shops. And Gillian’s shop is beautiful!

It is so hip and quirky and cute. You can see it is not just an ordinary yarn shop.

It isn’t a large shop, but packed with beautiful wool, yarn, fabric and more. It is packed with happiness.

See all these beautiful yarns.

She has many felting bags and making kits, too.

Ribbons, stickers, stamps, notebooks… many of her own designs.


She has a room upstairs for courses and workshops. There was a knitting group in progress and knitters were making colourful bunting for the Yarn Shop day.

You can find more information about the day here:
And the shop’s website is here:

The shop is conveniently located near M25, train station and the Gatwick Airport. We still have a little time to plan a trip, yes?
I will be offering workshops to make penguins from my upcoming book. I hope many will come join us.

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