Drop-in Crafts & Yarn
At Pinecones & Needles we offer a wide selection of crafting projects each month for all ages. No prior registration is required. Just come by, pick from our monthly offerings, and start crafting. New to crafting, no problem! Our staff is here to assist you every step of the way. Each craft is priced to cover the cost of material, and the expected length of time to complete the project.
Crafting is a fulfilling activity to all. Children love to play with wool, bees wax and eco-friendly materials, and the finished "craft" is only the by-product of the rich sensory experience brought about to create the object.
Try your hands at sewing, embroidery, needle felting or wet felting. Paint a fairy house, decorate a treasure box. Learn the craft of Decoupage, or to Kirigami, paint a candle holder and roll your own candle. Come craft, chat and play.
About Our Yarn & Wool
Pinecones & Needles would not be a Waldorf inspired store without offering wool and yarn. Handwork is an extensive part of Waldorf education with children formally learning to knit in the first grade. They then move on to crochet, embroidery, cross stitch and more.
You will find at out Belmont location a nice selection of wool yarn, fleece, wool roving, and wool felt in Waldorf’s handwork tradition.
Featured Yarn & Wool
I drove all the way up to the small town of Porter Maine, a couple of months before opening the store. I spent half the day meeting the owners, Peter and Marty. Peter Hagerty and his wife, Marty Tracy, started buying wool from the Soviet Union, back in 1985. Their hope was to diffuse the threat of nuclear war through their trading relationship with the Soviet Union.
Peace Fleece found ranchers from Montana and Maine to supply the American wool for the next six years. In the early 1990’s, Peace Fleece expanded its offerings to include fleece from Israel, the West Bank, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Romania. They then blended this fleece with wool from Cottage Hill Farm in Ohio and mohair from Texas. In 2010, they decided to work closer to home and created partnerships with the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and Navajo Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico.
This is my favoriteyarn to knit accessories such as hats and toys. A blend of Native/Non-Native American finewool and Texas mohair. The yarns will dramatically soften and fluff up withwashing and use. We actually throw finished sweaters into a cold gentle washcycle with very good results. 4 oz./ 200yards per skein. Gauge: 4 stitches per inch on US #8 (5 mm)
This 70% wool / 30% mohair blend batting is perfect for Needle felting aswell as wet felting. A favorite in ourMagic Wool School Vacation Workshops!
Located in Nebraska, Brown Sheep makes beautiful100% wool. Also another great made inthe USA story of wool. Over 100 yearsago, Brown Sheep farm was established, and was eventually turned in to a millby the grandson produced his first skein of yarn in 1980 and established theBrown Sheep Yarn Mill. In 2011, BrownSheep has gone green after figuring out a way to reuse 70 to 90% of their dailywaste water. Still family owned, Brown Sheep continues agreat tradition of beautiful yarn made in the United States.
Madewith 100% United States grown wool, the majority of the wool used in thisline of yarn comes from Colorado sheep. It is my favorite wool for beginner knitters as it is single ply, anduses needles size 8: the perfect size to get accustomed to knitting. 3.5 oz. / 160 yards per skein. It comes in beautiful colors.
TheCorriedale fleece is a bright white with good crimp and soft handle and is veryeven. The wool produced is approx. 25-30microns and staple length, 80-120mm.Our corriedale wools originate from New Zealand. Perfect for hand spinning, hand felting andmany other craft uses. Microns: 25-30mic
Fiber Length: 80-120mm
Top/Roving Length: 4 meters per 100g
Top/Roving Width: 1 inch
(All measurements are approximate)
Our felt comes from Barefoot Fibers, one ofthe few 100% Merino wool felt suppliers in the United States- no syntheticblends here! The Felt is manufacturedin Europe, home of the finest wool producers in the world. It is made of thehighest quality wool, the wool that lies closest to the skin of the sheep,making it extremely soft and durable. Pure wool felt has qualities that areunmatched by synthetic and wool blend felt; pure wool felt cuts smoothly,doesn’t fray at the edges, pill, fuzz or stretch. True, 100% Merino wool feltis evenly dense throughout. The level of quality of our felt means the endproduct will last and retain the look originally intended.
Our 100% superwash wool is here! Available in a wide range of colors, this yarn is perfect for any project that requires easy-care yarn. Perfect knit for children, machine wash in cold water on delicate, tumble dry low. Made in Peru. Needle size 7, 8US.
Spun with luxurious cashmere and the finest cotton, Corsica is a lovely yarn with beautiful stitch definition, offered in a palette of soft neutrals and pastels. Fiber is 90% cotton and 10% cashmere. Machine wash, lay flat to dry. Needles size 5, 6US.
This irresistible chainette blends silky Pima cotton with just a touch of soft baby alpaca. Fiber: 85% cotton, 15% alpaca. Machine wash in sweater bag, cold water, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry. Needles size: 8US.
Made in a palette of sophisticated neutrals and cheerful brights, Modern Cotton is a blend of Pima cotton and Modal rayon, beautifully twisted to showcase stitch patterns and a soft hand. Fiber: 60% cotton and 40% Modal. Machine Wash in cold water, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry. Needle size: 7US
Ultra Alpaca is the ideal balance of luxurious super fine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool blended together and spun up perfectly round and light. Ultra Alpaca Light is a popular addition to Berroco’s bestselling Ultra Alpaca family. Several favorite shades including the popular mélange heathers are now available in a finer gauge for knitters who prefer lacier and lighter weight knitting projects. Fiber: 50% alpaca and 50% wool. Hand wash in cool water. Lay flat to dry. Needle size: 5US
A summer-y blend of cotton and silk, this chainette yarn is incredibly soft to the touch. It's the perfect choice for garment or accessory projects. Yarn Fiber: 45% silk, 43% cotton and 12% Nylon. Hand wash in cold water. Lay flat to dry. Needle size: 7US.