Needleworks Inc

★★★★☆
Champaign's premier needle art shop!
  • 24 E Green St

    Champaign, IL 61820

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  • 217-352-1340

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In my travels I've visited many yarn shops and have not found one to hold a candle to Needleworks. The staff is so helpful and creative. I miss them when I'm gone! I've met so many good friends and the knitting with each other is a priceless experience. We're of all ages, young and old. They've even welcomed my husband as an old friend.

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In my travels I've visited many yarn shops and have not found one to hold a candle to Needleworks. The staff is so helpful and creative. I miss them when I'm gone! I've met so many good friends and the knitting with each other is a priceless experience. We're of all ages, young and old. They've even welcomed my husband as an old friend.

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My daughter and I have been a regular customers of Needleworks for the past three or fours years and have found the staff and regulars there consistently friendly and helpful. We've been offered free patterns and assistance from both on a number of occasions and have rarely if ever found the shop so busy that no one has offered to help. I think the folks there strike a perfect balance between helpfulness and intrusiveness. I always feel welcome and never pressured to buy.

There is an almost-bewildering array of natural fiber yarns and blends from basics to luxury fibers, supported by a large selection of books and single patterns, some written by staff and regulars. Needleworks, among other tings, offers the best selection of sock yarns I have encountered to date. Add a wide variety of classes, monthly potlucks and regular open houses, and what more could you want?

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My daughter and I have been a regular customers of Needleworks for the past three or fours years and have found the staff and regulars there consistently friendly and helpful. We've been offered free patterns and assistance from both on a number of occasions and have rarely if ever found the shop so busy that no one has offered to help. I think the folks there strike a perfect balance between helpfulness and intrusiveness. I always feel welcome and never pressured to buy.

There is an almost-bewildering array of natural fiber yarns and blends from basics to luxury fibers, supported by a large selection of books and single patterns, some written by staff and regulars. Needleworks, among other tings, offers the best selection of sock yarns I have encountered to date. Add a wide variety of classes, monthly potlucks and regular open houses, and what more could you want?

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Needleworks is the best yarn shop in Illinois, best of the midwest, and one of the best nationwide, in terms of stock and selection. In terms of service, it is THE BEST shop in the U.S. I am somewhat biased in this appraisal since I maintain their webpages and have taught a few classes there, but I am typically at the shop every Saturday and can attest to the amazing friendliness and tremendous expertise of the staff, let alone the vast selection of merchandise available; if they don't have it, they will order it if they can get it from one of their vendors.

Needleworks stocks an amazing variety of products; they have a wide selection of yarns, including those made from natural fibers like wool, mohair, alpaca, angora, cashmere, cotton, and silk. They have the highest quality synthetic (e.g., Dreambaby) and synthetic blends (e.g., Encore) , but they don't carry low quality yarns of any variety. Their yarns range in price and include many choices across the spectrum from very economical yarns to lavish luxury yarns. They have yarn of every weight: lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, aran, chunky, bulky, and polar. They have baby yarns, sock yarns, novelty yarns, and many designer yarns (e.g., Noro, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss, Plymouth, Queensland Collection, and many others). In addition to yarn, they have spinning fiber, cross stich and needlepoint supplies, patterns, books, project bags, needles, and notions. Additionally, the owner welcomes special orders, assuming it is for products from one of their vendors. Many yarn shops do not take special orders or require full-bag quantities for special orders.

I spend quite a bit of my free time at Needleworks and repeatedly watch the owner, staff, and other customers drop what they are doing to greet customers, address their questions, and assist them. The owner, staff, and other customers provide amazing expertise and assistance (very patient assistance, I might add), and their help is offered on projects REGARDLESS of whether the yarn was purchased at Needleworks. There are many, many shops where such one-on-one help costs a minimum of $10 per hour with a half-hour minimum for yarn purchased in their shop, and often they refuse to help on projects for which the yarn was not purchased from them! For instance, last month I found myself spending nearly an hour untangling, unraveling, and picking up stitches for a customer who was in desperate need of help with her Fun Fur scarf, and we don't carry that yarn.

Unlike many other yarn stores (let alone the large chains), this shop is so beloved by its regular customers, they often jump up to help out when it's busy. You don't see customers at the large chain stores offering to wind yarn in hanks into center-pull balls! And online retailers won't offer this service, either. Yet, regular customers at Needleworks often wind yarn, assist with yarn substitution questions, and provide knitting and crocheting help.

The shop has a wide age range of customers, from pre-teens through great grandmothers, and a typical saturday can find college students sitting next to grandmothers (or grandfathers) at the table, each knitting and chatting away with each other. Needleworks is a very customer-centered shop; folks are welcome to bring their projects and sit around the table or on the comfy furniture upstairs; the owner opens the shop on the second and fourth Thursday of each month for Knit Night, and they have a pot-luck lunch on the second Saturday of each month.

PROS: helpful, friendly, professional staff, great products
CONS: none

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★★★★★

Needleworks is the best yarn shop in Illinois, best of the midwest, and one of the best nationwide, in terms of stock and selection. In terms of service, it is THE BEST shop in the U.S. I am somewhat biased in this appraisal since I maintain their webpages and have taught a few classes there, but I am typically at the shop every Saturday and can attest to the amazing friendliness and tremendous expertise of the staff, let alone the vast selection of merchandise available; if they don't have it, they will order it if they can get it from one of their vendors.

Needleworks stocks an amazing variety of products; they have a wide selection of yarns, including those made from natural fibers like wool, mohair, alpaca, angora, cashmere, cotton, and silk. They have the highest quality synthetic (e.g., Dreambaby) and synthetic blends (e.g., Encore) , but they don't carry low quality yarns of any variety. Their yarns range in price and include many choices across the spectrum from very economical yarns to lavish luxury yarns. They have yarn of every weight: lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, aran, chunky, bulky, and polar. They have baby yarns, sock yarns, novelty yarns, and many designer yarns (e.g., Noro, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss, Plymouth, Queensland Collection, and many others). In addition to yarn, they have spinning fiber, cross stich and needlepoint supplies, patterns, books, project bags, needles, and notions. Additionally, the owner welcomes special orders, assuming it is for products from one of their vendors. Many yarn shops do not take special orders or require full-bag quantities for special orders.

I spend quite a bit of my free time at Needleworks and repeatedly watch the owner, staff, and other customers drop what they are doing to greet customers, address their questions, and assist them. The owner, staff, and other customers provide amazing expertise and assistance (very patient assistance, I might add), and their help is offered on projects REGARDLESS of whether the yarn was purchased at Needleworks. There are many, many shops where such one-on-one help costs a minimum of $10 per hour with a half-hour minimum for yarn purchased in their shop, and often they refuse to help on projects for which the yarn was not purchased from them! For instance, last month I found myself spending nearly an hour untangling, unraveling, and picking up stitches for a customer who was in desperate need of help with her Fun Fur scarf, and we don't carry that yarn.

Unlike many other yarn stores (let alone the large chains), this shop is so beloved by its regular customers, they often jump up to help out when it's busy. You don't see customers at the large chain stores offering to wind yarn in hanks into center-pull balls! And online retailers won't offer this service, either. Yet, regular customers at Needleworks often wind yarn, assist with yarn substitution questions, and provide knitting and crocheting help.

The shop has a wide age range of customers, from pre-teens through great grandmothers, and a typical saturday can find college students sitting next to grandmothers (or grandfathers) at the table, each knitting and chatting away with each other. Needleworks is a very customer-centered shop; folks are welcome to bring their projects and sit around the table or on the comfy furniture upstairs; the owner opens the shop on the second and fourth Thursday of each month for Knit Night, and they have a pot-luck lunch on the second Saturday of each month.

PROS: helpful, friendly, professional staff, great products
CONS: none

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Everyone who knits or crochets has heard that's it's better to shop at your LYS (local yarn shop) than go to the chains. But this is a case where I would definately choose the chain over the LYS. I have visited this store several times looking for a yarn I could not find elsewhere. I have been met with nothing but snobbery and rude service. Half the time, they don't even say hello or act like they notice me. And the otehr half of the time, they act like helping me find an item is so much trouble and make excuses not to look for what I need, saying they have nothing like that. I am younger (20's) and the staff and clientel here seem to be older and I get the feeling they think I am just another young beginning knitter that they dont have time for. Far from the truth. I would be a valuable customer if they took the time to help me. I have on many occasions been so upset by the service that I returne home and purchased yarn online rather than spend more time there looking for things lyself and getting looked down upon.

That being said, they do have a very good selection of natural fiber yarns and smaller production yarns that you can't get at chain stores. But I will shop online where the selection is even larger and the service much better.

PROS: large selection
CONS: rude/snobby staff

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★★★☆☆

Everyone who knits or crochets has heard that's it's better to shop at your LYS (local yarn shop) than go to the chains. But this is a case where I would definately choose the chain over the LYS. I have visited this store several times looking for a yarn I could not find elsewhere. I have been met with nothing but snobbery and rude service. Half the time, they don't even say hello or act like they notice me. And the otehr half of the time, they act like helping me find an item is so much trouble and make excuses not to look for what I need, saying they have nothing like that. I am younger (20's) and the staff and clientel here seem to be older and I get the feeling they think I am just another young beginning knitter that they dont have time for. Far from the truth. I would be a valuable customer if they took the time to help me. I have on many occasions been so upset by the service that I returne home and purchased yarn online rather than spend more time there looking for things lyself and getting looked down upon.

That being said, they do have a very good selection of natural fiber yarns and smaller production yarns that you can't get at chain stores. But I will shop online where the selection is even larger and the service much better.

PROS: large selection
CONS: rude/snobby staff

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my wife took me to this store to pick up yarn for an afgan she is making, man do they have alot and tons of it different brands colors textures sylte man i have never seen so much yarn before! they also offer classes and you can buy holiday gift certificates from them to share your love of yarn!

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my wife took me to this store to pick up yarn for an afgan she is making, man do they have alot and tons of it different brands colors textures sylte man i have never seen so much yarn before! they also offer classes and you can buy holiday gift certificates from them to share your love of yarn!

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