Tiverton like many English towns owes its character and style to the once thriving wool trade. Prosperity and livelihoods were dependant on the 'Wool Merchants' of previous centuries. With this in mind we are looking to 'bring the wool back to Tiverton'. There is a huge resurgence of interest in crafts and self-sufficiency ranging from gardening and cooking to knitting, crochet and sewing. 'The Wool Merchant' offers it's customers a warm welcome and a relaxing atmosphere as well as space to enjoy the yarns and patterns.
We will always spare time to give our customers help and advice, with chairs and tables to work at or to peruse our patterns. Local support in our first year has been overwhelming.
The aims of 'The Wool Merchant' are to provide a well-stocked shop offering a range of designer yarns including Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding, Noro and Artesano. In addition to these we have traditional yarns from Jamison's of Shetland with a truly wonderful palette of colours for Fair Isle and Shetland work and Donegal tweeds from Ireland. We also support local and artisan spinners and producers such as Dodie Huxter, John Arbon and Blacker Yarns. As a real treat we have Jade Sapphire's Mongolian cashmere or a selection of yarns from The Natural Dye Studio and for needlework a range of Mulberry Silks. For knitting and crochet tools we have a selection of Brittany, KnitPro and Addi.
Our aims for the future are to run courses and workshops at the shop. We are also looking to open our basement later in the year to allow us more space to sell spinning and weaving tools, and to expand into fleece, felt-making and embroidery, amongst other fibre crafts.
How to find us
We are located on Fore Street just past Boots; our nearest car park is Beck Square which is located just past the museum.
We will be running knit-together groups on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 - 4.30 pm, starting on the 1st Wednesday in October, and welcome customers to join us for tea coffee and cake and good company.
We will shortly be hosting beginners knitting classes and beginners crochet classes, please come into the shop or phone to put your name down.
Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions of courses or workshops that you would like to see us running.
Dawn is the owner of the shop and has been a knitter since she was two when she learnt at her mother's bedside. Dawn is passionate about natural fibres and the history behind the crafts we do today. Previously she has given talks and workshops at the Eden Project and local National Trust properties about a range of subjects relating to natural fibres and the crafts in which they are used. She is now using this knowledge to stock the shop with a range of exciting and inspiring items.