Unique Yarn Shops in Maine
Fiber artists will find themselves right at home in Maine, with plentiful, unique yarn shops to source the material for their next creation. Many shops feature local yarn – our well-tended alpaca and sheep, along with diverse natural-dye plants, make for high quality and one-of-a-kind yarns. In charming towns across Maine, yarn shops offer the chance to peruse and shop, connect with other fellow fiber art enthusiasts, and learn new tricks of the trade.
Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply: Located in downtown Bangor, this shop is led by a team of fiber arts enthusiasts who often spin their own yarn and are eager to help you with your next project.
Halcyon Yarn: Serving weavers, knitters, spinners and fiber artists since 1971, this shop offers their own signature yarns and a huge inventory of products.
Heavenly Yarns: Fiber art lovers will be in their own heaven entering this downtown Belfast shop that offers a wide selection of materials and yarns, with a local Maine emphasis.
Lana Plantae Farmed Yarns: This family-run farm business has been raising alpaca and sheep and creating beautiful yarn for 20 years. You can buy their products on the farm, online, or at the South Portland café Knitting Nook.
Good Karma Yarn and Soap: This family-owned store spins their own yarn and makes delightfully natural and moisturizing soaps. They offer a variety of yarns, patterns, classes and more. Before opening their current retail space, they operated a farm of sheep and alpacas in Belfast for 20 years.
Cashmere Goat: Stop by this bright and colorful shop for Maine yarns, Indie-dyed yarns and yarns from around the globe.
Mother of Purl Yarn Shop: Friendly, knowledgeable staff are ready to help you peruse a wide selection of yarns and knitting tools.
Bartlettyarns Inc.: This made-in-Maine yarns and roving business has been spinning their famous wool products since 1821. In addition to offering their products wholesale, they have a retail space in Harmony. Once a year, they open their mill for a limited tour to give visitors a glimpse of the innerworkings of their business!
Swans Island Company: Located in a 19th-century post-and-beam farmhouse, Swans Island Company’s Northport location offers a beautiful selection of yarns, in addition to meticulously finished bedding, apparel and more. A passionate team of craftspeople make the products on-site in Northport. Retail teams are eager to assist you in both Northport and Camden stores.
Fiber & Vine: Wine and cheese is no competition to the pairing that is wine and fiber arts. This fun shop offers the chance to help you plan and troubleshoot your projects with friendly staff, and perhaps pick up a nice bottle of wine.
KnitWit: So enthusiastic and knowledgeable about knitting is this shop in downtown Portland, they even have their own podcast, in addition to a variety of fiber products.
Port Fiber: Offering the chance to spin, weave, felt and dye, this shop allows fiber arts enthusiasts to gain insight into the process.
Clementine: As sweet as its name, this spot boasts beautiful fabric, yarns and even cozy chairs for those along for the shopping visit.
Saco (Online Store)
Quince & Co.: This online business based in Saco values sustainability, quality and a modern, clean aesthetic. Shop all-natural fibers, yarns, a range of patterns and readymade goods.
Happyknits offers a variety of yarns, including blends of wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, silk, cotton, hemp, linen and more. Their knitting classes and “sit and stitch” space make for a friendly atmosphere.
Rosemary’s Gift & Yarn Shop: In addition to having a large selection of yarns, this spot offers classes and group knitting events.
The Yarn Sellar: From delicate lace to mega-chunky yarns, this shop offers everything you need for your fiber project, in addition to classes and private lessons.
Additional Resources for Fiber Artists
Maine’s love and appreciation of fiber arts extends beyond our businesses, and into the heart of our communities and local events.
2022 Yarn Cruise
If you can’t decide on a shop to visit or are craving more fiber-filled fun, join Maine’s Yarn Cruise! While not an actual boat cruise, this event is more like a summer and early fall “yarn crawl,” offering the chance to explore a variety of participating shops. Each shop rewards you with monthly prizes and a grand prize drawing. Don’t miss it!
This Maine nonprofit is dedicated to those who celebrate Maine’s fiber art, farms, producers, makers and shoppers. Becoming a member allows you to connect with other artists, businesses and enthusiasts, and stay in-the-know about all the latest local fiber arts events. Their Topsham location includes a gallery with rotating exhibits.