06.14.17

An Announcement

With Great Melancholy: The End of an Era 

Dearest Friends,

 

In 1974, Marcy Johnson started teaching weaving and supplying materials and equipment for new weavers.  The Weaving Works became one of the only shops in the region to offer both classes and materials, blossoming into a local department store covering the full pantheon of fiber arts. Being a part of such a wonderful fiber arts community for the past 43 years has been a remarkable experience. The Weaving Works has taken pride in its commitment to supporting the community with knowledge, supplies and service at each step of its evolution.

 

For the past several years, The Weaving Works has struggled to provide all the variety, expertise, and availability that our customers have come to expect from us. We have done our best to be efficient and accommodating, however, the unvarnished truth is that the days when a comprehensive urban fiber arts store can be economically viable are no longer. We have attempted to adapt with the changes over time while still supporting our legacy customer base. Unfortunately, we did not manage to adapt quickly enough and in effective enough ways to make this business sustainable again. The Weaving Works has been long subsidized by the dedication, labour, love and finances of Marcy and key Weaving Workers. At this point, the store cannot support the staff required to operate the store in the way that has come to be expected. We simply do not make enough in sales and class fees to be able to continue operating a brick-and-mortar store. (Looms and spinning wheels aren't cars, they're the only things still built to last!)

 

The Weaving Works family as a whole is saddened to say farewell, but we acknowledge that the time has finally come. Employment as a Weaving Worker requires more knowledge and patience than the average minimum wage retail position. With the rising cost of living in Seattle, wages are insufficient for employees to maintain, let alone secure futures for themselves and and their families. We know many of you appreciate us and the feeling is mutual, but our staff needs to move on in order to survive financially.

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. We truly appreciate you and feel privileged to have been a part of your fiber arts journey. It is hard for us to say farewell to an institution that has meant so much to us and others. We hope to continue to be a part of your flock in new ways. Who knows what the future holds?!

 

If you would like to follow us in our future ventures, please use this form to sign up for email updates. If you would like to help support us in our final days: please purchase our inventory!  Please be kind knowing that as current Weaving Workers, we are also busy looking for our next careers while working to close the storefront with grace. Please be mindful; though change is inevitable, we are all saddened by this outcome.

 

We invite you to join us in moving forward in a constructive manner by financially supporting the local businesses you value and depend on if you would like them to continue to operate near you. Frequent the lovely local yarn shop in your region and on your trips. Talk to your local representatives and departments (your city council members, the Office of Arts and Culture and the Office of Economic Development) about support for small businesses and their employees. Keep making beauty and kindness in the world.

 

With great gratitude and nostalgia,

 

Marcy, Jessica, Stacy, Jennifer, Cory, and all the Weaving Workers past and present.

 

 

The Knitty Gritty

The Weaving Works will be ceasing full service brick and mortar operations this summer. We will close retail operations at our physical location on July 29th, 2017. As we prepare to clear out, we will be open shorter hours, taking effect Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, as follows (subject to change depending on staffing availability):

Wednesdays: 11am to 7pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 11am to 4pm

 

What does that mean? We may or may not be able to troubleshoot your technical questions on the fly if we are very busy. We hope to maintain online sales. Classes are scheduled through the end of August.

 

Effective immediately:

 

  • All items already marked down will be an extra 20% off
  • No more wind-offs (winding off yarn by weight from coned yarns)
  • Special orders are limited to larger equipment and products we will continue to carry online.
  • Purchase the remainder of a color of a yarn and receive 15% off that color (does not include coned yarns).
  • Purchase an LYS 2017 bag for $12 and receive 15% off whatever yarn (excluding sale yarn) can fit in it closed.
  • We may have other promotions, equipment or furnishings for sale closer to moving out.
  • Gift certificate sales will be suspended until further notice.

    Subject to change.

     

    For those of you with items on hold, we will be contacting you soon to see what arrangements you'd like to make. For those of you with special orders, we will contact you when they arrive or if we will be unable to fulfill them.

     

    Please be advised, all exchanges, store credits, rewards and gift certificates should be used and redeemed by July 29. We cannot guarantee usage thereafter.

     

    For a copy of the Print Announcement click here.

    COMMENTS

    • I loved the shop, the energy, the wide range of materials, the friendly and helpful salespeople. Sometimes I stopped in while shopping the U District, just because it was a joy to the senses – a tactile sanctuary of sorts. I think my first exposure was to Marcy, who taught several of us in the Meister Eckhart dance production how to work with raw wool. (I was one of the old nuns carding wool as a backdrop on stage.) From there, I tried basket weaving, and connected with that larger community. It was an enriching experience. Thank you Marcy and your wonderful staff for all you contributed to make Seattle such a special place. I have some great stuff and lovely memories. Bless you.

      Posted by Helen Palisin on September 03, 2017
    • I shopped at your store in the 70’s with my friend and teacher Anke Christian. I started with a Kircher wheel which I still keep at my Montana cabin. Thanks for the wonderful service, warm
      personal attention and inspiration over these many years. Good luck on whatever comes next for all of you.

      Posted by Susan Shane on August 27, 2017
    • I am sorry for you (ces), you missed many many great years of service and generosity delivered by the owners and staff of Weaving Works, my favorite yarn supplier of all. I have patronized Weaving Works since before I could knit more than straight stockinette, and have bought my favorite fibers here. I was thrilled when you moved closer to my house, and am so sad to see you close your doors. I always got great help with my problems and good advice on new projects. Best wishes for your future endeavors, and thank you so much for hanging in there as long as you could, as a real live fiber arts store. There is no comparison between shopping online (click, click…) and browsing the soft colorful skeins, and bringing the knitted swatches up to your cheek for the test…sigh…

      Posted by Jenny Demitruk on July 26, 2017
    • I tole my husband after visiting your new store, “They won’t be in business long.” The location was inconvenient, there was no parking, the store was small, it didn’t carry items the old store did (yarns, equipment, books) or a drastically smaller selection, and when I asked questions, the one person working in the store couldn’t answer them or leave the cash register to help me as she was the only person there. Yes, the economy has changed. But your failure to sustain a profitable business is your fault as much as the economy’s, and your failure to share the blame speaks not well of you.

      Posted by ces on July 24, 2017
    • I purchased my Schacht spinning wheel from you in November 1988 and I will truly miss knowing that Weaving Works is there in Seattle for me (if I can get out of Port Angeles without owning a car). Thank you for all you did for the fiber community. :)

      Posted by Evelyn Simpson on July 21, 2017
    • In the early 70’s I lived just around the corner from your first shop and watched with great interest as a violin repair shop was transformed into your beautiful weaving shop. I learned both spinning and weaving from Marcy in that first year. Thank you for being there. For those of us who love fiber arts, your store has truly been a gift.

      Posted by Linda Ellsworth on July 18, 2017
    • My daughter & I have been shopping for knitting supplies at WW for many years on our frequent visits to Seattle and on the LYS Tours, including this year’s, just for the variety of hears that we don’t see in out LYS outlets, and are also sad to see them close. I attended the ANWG 2017 NW Weaver’s Conference held last week at the U of Victoria with a very experienced weaver friend and saw another trend that may account for the decline in sales at WW. She pointed out the vast majority of attendees were elderly (60s and over – several 80s and 90s), something she has noticed in recent years at the conferences. She wonders if there will be enough weavers in the coming years to keep the craft alive.

      Posted by Lori Staples on July 05, 2017
    • This is heartbreaking news. We are losing a regional fiber arts resource, but understand the economic realities. I learned to weave at the original Brooklyn Avenue location and took many knitting, felting, basketry, and more weaving classes over three decades. The dedication, expertise, and friendship of the entire WW staff are deeply appreciated and will be sorely missed. I wish you all the best (and more prosperity) in your future endeavors.

      Posted by Susan Kunimatsu on June 29, 2017
    • Just saw this sad news in the Seattle Times. What a bummer for all of you and your customers and the greater Puget Sound community of knitters & fiber artists. you’ve been my go-to yarn supplier for almost 30 years and many of my favorite garments started as wool from the Weaving Works. Wishing all of you well in the next endeavor. Let’s all do our best to support our Independent Local Yarn Shops.

      Posted by Margot Boyer on June 18, 2017
    • I am sorry that the first time I became aware of this shop was reading the closure announcement in the Seattle Times. I couldn’t have visited the shop very often anyhow (not an easy commute from my location), but I certainly hope the e-store continues. It would be nifty if the e-store, serving customers nation-wide, could help people to connect locally to learn and create together as well as provide expert support.

      Posted by Susan Levitt on June 18, 2017
    • Yes, melancholy, still. I will miss the WW experts as much as their products. Each staff member is a gem!

      Posted by Avonelle on June 16, 2017
    • Oh no! I love Weaving Works – my “go to” for roving, spinning wheels and paraphernalia- I echo all the preceding sentiments and wish you all the very best of luck. Thank you for all the wonderful years

      Posted by Carole on June 15, 2017
    • I love your store and will miss it. I took beginning weaving from Carol — a terrific foundation course. Although I live on Bainbridge, Weaving Works was often a stop when I was in Seattle. When folks are over our way, stop by the Artful Ewe in Port Gamble and Heidi Dascher’s wonderful hand dyed yarns. Another business worthy of support by weavers and knitters.

      Posted by Sybil Carrere on June 15, 2017
    • Weaving Works is where I first learned to weave, then learned to felt, and make baskets and to spin. You supported and encouraged my initiation into the fiber community and I am sad to see this announcement.

      Posted by Sheri DeVries on June 15, 2017
    • I’m so sorry that you are having to close. I haven’t lived in Seattle for a long time, but when I did, I was just around the corner from the Brooklyn Avenue location. You folks were so helpful in my early years of knitting. Thank you! Best wishes to everyone!

      Posted by Julie K on June 14, 2017
    • What terribly sad news! I shopped at the old Brooklyn store for years and when I moved away 26 years ago, made a point of visiting the store every time we went to Seattle – ask my poor husband. I learned to spin and weave there as well as buying many, many books, patterns, and skeins of yarn. I understand why you must close;, but am truly heartbroken. Another piece of community lost….

      Posted by Kristine Keough on June 14, 2017
    • So sad! Weaving Works always has been the BEST yarn store in Seattle. You will be greatly missed :-(

      Posted by francy blumhagen on June 14, 2017
    • I too share in everyone’s sadness. You’ve been my go-to yarn store since I was a UW student 25 years ago. Every single staff member has always been so knowledgeable and helpful, and it’s clear that you love your craft. Best wishes to all of you in landing somewhere you’ll enjoy. Seattle won’t be the same without you. Thanks for all you’ve done to keep the store going for as long as you have.

      Posted by Sarah Moore on June 14, 2017
    • You will be missed. I have greatly enjoyed your shop and your staff over the years. I have shopped at all your locations – even the original!
      I am sad to see Seattle’s most professional yarn shop close.
      Best wishes for everyone’s futures.
      Tina Peterson

      Posted by Tina Peterson on June 14, 2017
    • You will be missed. I have greatly enjoyed your shop and your staff over the years. I have shopped at all your locations – even the original!
      I am sad to see Seattle’s most professional yarn shop close.
      Best wishes for everyone’s futures.
      Tina Peterson

      Posted by Tina Peterson on June 14, 2017
    • I’m so sad. From the stuffed little store north on Brooklyn to the one on Roosevelt it has been one of those places to enjoy and get something even when you did not know you needed it. Such a loss for the Fiber Arts community. The staff has always been so helpful. I hope they all have good lives and futures.

      Posted by SallyO'Neill on June 14, 2017
    • Oh, say it isn’t so! I’ve been a patron of the store since it was a small yarn shop on Brooklyn Ave NE and NE 52nd. Many skeins of yarn, classes, books and advice sessions later, I bid farewell to my favorite yarn store and best of luck to all.

      Posted by Elizabeth on June 14, 2017
    • This is not the news any of us wants to hear, but most of us do understand. The Weaving Works has been one of the best shops in Western Washington for a long time. You will all be missed.

      Posted by Robin McMurchie on June 14, 2017
    • The Weaving Works is where I learned to weave and it, and the wonderful staff there, will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for all you have done for the weaving community and I look forward to seeing many of you at guild meetings, etc.

      Posted by Marie Lorgen on June 14, 2017
    • I too am saddened by this news…but have experienced this in my town similarly…I wish you all well…Jane Hyde

      Posted by Jane Hyde on June 14, 2017

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