Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is a natural gathering place for makers and crafters of all stripes. If you’re always on the lookout for a new local yarn shop or unique lengths of fabric, Staunton has just what you’re looking for.
Vintage bits, yarn treasure-trove and unique fiber arts
Tucked just a few blocks north of historic Beverley Street, Ragalia is a true find that will fill any crafter with glee. Judi Jones, proprietress, has spent decades as maker and shopkeeper. Visit Ragailia and hunt through piles of unusual fabrics, vintage clothing, notions, baskets of yarn and an eclectic collection of needles, cases and buttons. Judi, a maker herself, works in a variety of textiles and is always up for a chat while you check out her finished knitted garments, hooked rugs and felted projects.
Ragalia | 713 North Augusta | Facebook
A local yarn shop with a bit extra
My Yarn Stash is a new and welcome addition to downtown Staunton. Previously located in Monterey, Virginia, this cozy yarn shop boasts a wide offering of yarns, needles and notions, plus a back room of quilting fabrics. Curl up in one of the armchairs and check out the book selection while chatting with owners, Emily and Theresa Wagner.
If you’re lucky enough to live near Staunton, check out one of the knitting classes on the schedule. And if you’re just passing through, stop by and be sure to leave with a ball of yarn to remember your trip to Staunton!
My Yarn Stash | 16 West Beverley Street | Facebook
Nineteen years and counting all the quilts!
Rachel’s Quilt Patch is celebrating 19 years of helping Staunton stay cozy with a wide selection of quilt fabrics and notions, along with gift items like soaps and a stash of embroidery and sewing thread.
Stop by Rachel’s and help with the celebration! On Saturdays in January get in on gift basket drawings by spending at least $19. Even if you miss out on the drawing, get a free fat quarter and shop pin with each $19 purchase. Anniversary festivities will wrap up on the 23rd as Rachel’s celebrates Local Quilt Shop Day, a national celebration. Stop by for refreshments, discounts and a one day sale on select bolts ($5 yard.) For more information on anniversary festivities, check out Facebook.
Rachel’s Quilt Patch | 40 Middlebrook Avenue | Facebook
But that’s not all! There’s plenty more for crafters to check out while visiting Staunton.
- Appalachian Piecework Antiques and Textile Studio – vintage quilts, housewares, textile arts
- Artful Gifts – fiber arts, wearables, upcycled garments and more
- Staunton Makerspace – co-working and shared workshop on a membership basis
- Queen City Sewing – sewing lessons for children and adults
- Local antique shops – many antique shops in Staunton carry collections of vintage textiles, trims and clothing perfect for your projects