At The Black Squirrel we strive to deliver top quality crafting supplies and tools into the hands of all our customers, regardless of budget, type of craft, or skill level. Check out all the great brands we carry:
Indie dyed yarns are at the heart and soul of our shop's commitment to supporting independent artists, woman-owned businesses, and small US-based manufacturing. All of these beautiful yarns are hand-dyed, sometimes by just a single person, all across the US.
We are proud to carry:
Forbidden Fiber Co. - Brighton, Tennessee
Apple Tree Knits - Sommerset, New Jersey
Spun Right Round - Rochester, New York
Nox Yarn Co. - Murrieta, California
Woolen Boon - Austin, Texas
Birdie's Knits - Centreville, Virginia
The Farmer's Daughter Fibers - Missoula, Montana
Knerd String - Castle Rock, Colorado
Junk Yarn - Raleigh, North Carolina
The Lemonade Shop - Castle Rock, Colorado
Long Dog Yarn - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hey Lady Hey - Carthage, North Carolina
Lavender Lune Yarn Co. - Northern Minnesota
Luna Purl Yarns - Woodland, California
Onyx Fiber Arts - Southern New Jersey
... And many more are on their way!
We have shop exclusive colors from The Farmer's Daughter Fibers, Forbidden Fiber Co., Birdie's Knits, Lavender Lune Yarn Co., Earl Grey Fiber Co., and Junkyarn, with more on the way, plus and exclusive worsted base from Earl Grey Fiber Co. that you won't find anywhere else!
USA Made, Sustainable, and Carefully Curated Yarns
In addition to our indie-dyed yarns we carefully select the rest of our stock so that it adheres to our standards of sustainability, quality, and good manufacturing processes. Some of the other yarn companies we're proud to carry include:
Love Fest Fibers - Ethically sourced New Zealand wool, Tibetan yak, and American Alpaca fibers are milled in Washington state, sometimes with the addition of recycled plastic fiber from South Carolina, or hand-spun, felted, and dyed by artisans in Tibet and Nepal.
Lani's Lana - Rambouillet sheep are raised in Northern California and Northwest Nevada, and their wool is milled in the Midwest, but what makes their yarns unique is that they are Climate Beneficial, sustainably farmed, and Fibershed Certified.
Brown Sheep Company - American wool is spun and dyed at this family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. We carry their Nature Spun Chunky yarn in a variety of trendy colors.
Plus our favorite workhorse yarns:
Bamboo Pop, Lina, and Dona from Universal Yarn, the perfect yarns for so many projects: great quality, soft, machine washable (Bamboo Pop and Lina are also machine dry-able!), and super affordable. Universal yarns is also a family-run business!
A small selection of Lion Brand acrylics, milled in Turkey.
A selection of Lily Sugar 'n Cream, milled in Canada from 100% USA cotton.
And all of the DMC Top This! varieties, which are made in China but they're too darn cute not to have them in our shop!
And a rotating selection of beautiful and interesting yarns including 100% mulberry silk sport weight, alpaca blends in different weights, self-striping sock yarns, and so much more!
Knitter's Pride, ChiaoGoo, and LYKKE Needles and Tools
We're proud to stock Royale hybrid knitting needles from Knitter's Pride (they feature wood bodies with metal tips and 360 degree swivel cords - they're our very favorite), LYKKE birch wood needles and sets, and ChiaoGoo Red Lace steel needles and sets. We try to keep sizes 000-17, 16-40" circulars, plus DPN's in US sizes 0 -11 in stock at all times. You'll also find a selection of Knitter’s Pride wonderful blocking items and knitting accessories & tools throughout the shop, including swifts and ball winders.
We also carry Basix birch oversize knitting needles in sizes US19 - 35mm (straight and 47” circulars), and Marblz acrylic knitting needle sets and several special edition sets from Knitter's Pride. We keep interchangeable cords in stock from Chiaogoo and Knitter’s Pride (they fit LYKKE as well), and we can special order additional tips. We can also quickly and easily custom order any size, length, or style of Knitter's Pride, Chiaogoo, LYKKE, Addis, Tulip, and Clover needles for our customers with specific needs.
We carry Susan Bates crochet hooks and sets in various materials and styles, including Tunisian hooks, Knitter’s Pride Basix birch jumbo crochet hooks, and Bryspun's sustainable, ergonomic palmwood crochet hooks.
Fiber Arts Tools and Patterns for All Skill Levels
We've selected only the best fiber arts tools and accessories for our customers, including sustainable wooden knitting tools and buttons from Katrinkles, quality project bags from Dawn Kathryn Studios, Byrd & Belle, and Earl Grey Fiber Co., notebooks from Rowan Morrison Books and Worthwhile Paper Co., and wool wash from Eucalan and The Farmer's Daughter Fibers.
We have embroidery floss from Cosmo, high-quality Tulip Hiroshima embroidery and sewing needles, subversive cross stitch kits from both the original potty mouth crafter, Julie Jackson, and super-queer-friendly-company Junebug & Darlin, and embroidery kits & patterns from Cozy Blue and Bees Knees Industries.
We carry frame loom kits from Black Sheep Goods, and a variety of macrame supplies. We also carry needle-felting tools and supplies such as roving, needles, and matts. We have Oxford Punch needles with the monk's cloth base available by the yard. Fun kits of all kinds, and for all ages rotate seasonally.
We’ve also added Louët spinning wheels, drop spindles, drum carders, and blending boards to our shop! These incredible fiber tools are made in Holland and are unbeatable in both quality and beauty. They come in many customizable configurations and a range of prices, and we drop ship them directly to your home! Come visit us to learn more and try them out!
Beautiful Books for All Kinds of Crafters
For individual knitting and crochet patterns, we’re proud to be a part of Ravelry’s in-store sales program! Customers can purchase digital patterns in our shop, and we can print them for an additional fee. This gives us the ability to access thousands of beautiful patterns, which we can filter by many factors to find the perfect one for any yarn. We also have a binder of sample patterns, available to purchase digitally, from one of our favorite local knit and crochet designers, Kira Dulaney of Kira K Designs.
We also carry an array of awesome craft books and quarterly periodicals on subjects ranging from knitting & crochet to spinning, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, felting, and starting a handmade business. Publishers we carry include Storey Books, Deep South Fibers, NNK Press, and Pom Pom Press.
Cotton + Steel and Robert Kaufman Fabrics
We're proud to carry both Cotton + Steel and Robert Kaufman apparel, quilting, and home fabrics. Cotton + Steel's collective of independent female designers speaks to both our ethos and our love of bright colors and fun patterns, and Robert Kaufman is owned by a bay area native and supplies us with some of the best-quality apparel basics you can find. We also occasionally have the opportunity to bring in special Japanese designer deadstock apparel fabrics at incredibly affordable prices!
Sewing Patterns and Tools from Top Companies
We carry a curated selection of sewing patterns for women, men, children of all ages, and home goods & quilts, from companies like Grainline Studio, Made by Rae, Closet Case Patterns, Sew Liberated, Tina Givens, Sew House Seven, Cashmerette, and many more.
We're also proud to carry sewing notions from Clover, Tulip, Dritz, Collins, cotton sewing thread from Mettler, a selection of cutting tools from Fiskars and Gingher, and unbleached needle punch weight quilting cotton batting from Hobbs.
Crafting Staples and Handmade Gifts
We wanted to make sure that even if you're not super-crafty, you'll still enjoy a visit to our shop. We carry many beautiful gifts and accessories including shawl pins from JUL Designs, jewelry from Tangleweeds, Lucy Diamonds, and Katrinkles, candles from P&F Candle Co., totes and tees from Dawn Kathryn Studios and Fitting & Proper, stationary and gifts from Craft Boner and Worthwhile Paper Co., tons of enamel pins, stickers, and patches from Shelli Can, Nerd Bird Makery, and Morgan Hale among others, plus thoughtful gifts from Leafcutter Designs and so much more!