Home & Garden Awards 2023

Home and Garden Awards 2023 BUILD 19 Dec22516 he Yarn Dispensary offers its visitors impeccable customer-led service, allowing them to browse patterns and yarn at their leisure with a friendly team available to offer advice and support whenever it’s needed. With a focus on British and local producers, the shop offers yarn from local makers as well as renowned commercial companies, from cobweb-lace to chunky weight. For sale customers can also find a wide range of needles, including single-pointed, interchangeable, fixed circular, double-pointed, and special gift sets, as well as a range of crochet hooks made from many different materials. With comfy chairs for customers to curl up on, the shop also boasts an impressive range of books and patterns for people of all different skill levels. Visitors can find even more crafty items in the second shopping space, including ready-made pieces, pure wool stuffing, ribbons, buttons, products from local artisans, needle-felting, punch needle kits, tapestry wools, and more. With a huge selection of items, there is potential for endless browsing at The Yarn Dispensary. However, it’s more than just a great yarn shop, offering a number of yarn-related activities for visitors to get involved in. On Thursday nights between 7pm and 9pm, the shop hosts free sit and stitch sessions with complementary refreshments, welcoming anyone who wishes to attend and make friends. Crochet and knitting enthusiasts of all skill levels can also indulge in private lessons with expert inhouse tutors or engage in the exciting programme of workshops available. This includes weekly hour-long guided knitting sessions, eight masterclasses a year hosted by experts, as well as new introductory workshops in Punch Needle and Macrame. For younger visitors, The Yarn Dispensary offers children’s holiday workshops during the Easter and summer holidays, hosted by the shop’s manager, Gemma, who is a qualified schoolteacher. The company is constantly engaging with its customers to find out what skills they would be interested in learning at new workshops, which is what makes The Yarn Dispensary so unique. In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and creators. The Yarn Dispensary is therefore dedicated to supporting local producers and artisans, aiming to provide its customers with the best handmade, hand-dyed and independently designed products from Faversham and the surrounding county. As a result, the company hosted its first Love Local festival in October 2022, welcoming a mini market of makers into the store. The event involved a number of vendors including weavers, knitwear designers, bag makers, silversmiths, and more, as well as two of the award-winning sheep behind the local yarn sold in store. As a result of its fantastic customer service, outstanding range of stock, and the creative yarn-related events it hosts, The Yarn Dispensary has won Best Local Yarn Shop, Southeast England, in the Home and Garden Awards 2023. A dedicated advocate for local creators and passionate about all things crafty, the company continues to engage with the community and entice yarn enthusiasts into its cosy store. Contact: Vanessa Cackett Company: The Yarn Dispensary Web Address: https://www.theyarndispensary.co.uk/ T Multi award winning local yarn shop The Yarn Dispensary warmly welcomes those who wish to indulge in their love for yarn, shop all things crafty, or improve their creative skills. Providing high-quality yarns made from natural fibres from both commercial and independent producers and dyers, The Yarn Dispensary is based in the medieval market town of Faversham, under an hour’s journey from London. Those who visit wish they could stay forever in the comfort of the shop’s cosy, friendly atmosphere. Best Local Yarn Shop – Southeast England