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Welcome to our new Team Members!

Welcome to our new Team Members!

Hello Fibre Friends,

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to two new members that will be joining our team! They are both fantastic and have strengths that really compliment everything we’re trying to do at Needles in the Hay.

Because of this increased capacity, we will now be open on Mondays going forward from 11am to 5pm! You will be able to see Shaelyn O'Marra from 11-2 and Natalie Bullock from 2-5 every Monday.

I’ve asked both Natalie and Shaelyn to introduce themselves.

Here's what Natalie had to say:

“I am so excited to begin working at my favourite shop! I’ve been a fibre artist for as long as I can remember, learning the basics of knitting and crochet from my grandmothers when I was a child. I’ve done cross stitch and embroidery, some sewing, and more recently explored and enjoyed both wet and needle felting. However, the call of my knitting needles has always been the loudest, and knitting, the art form that has brought me the most joy. 

My husband recalls that I was knitting when we met, almost 36 years ago! My three (now adult) sons joke that if only I could knit them pants, they’d have “complete outfits” made by mom! My lifelong hobby turned into a passion (some might call it an addiction) when I discovered Needles in the Hay about 5 years ago, just ahead of my retirement as a teacher. I was then introduced to so many beautiful yarns made with natural fibres. Boy was I hooked! The friendly staff was so encouraging that before I knew it I was taking part in knit alongs and yarn crawls, and learning new techniques, creating more beautiful things and, most importantly, feeling like I was part of a much larger knitting community. I am thrilled to be joining this great team and cannot wait to meet and serve you soon!”

And here's what Shaelyn wanted to share:

“Hello! I’m Shaelyn, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Needles in the Hay team! I’ve lived in Peterborough for most of my life, having graduated from PCVS’s Integrated Arts Program in the Visual stream, then the Esthetician program at Fleming College in 2015. I’ve been knitting for over 16 years, ever since my grandma taught me the basics when I was 10 years old. I only really knitted accessories for many years, but have been really enjoying garment making recently. I love working in cable patterns, but I’m always down to try a new technique! I’ve also dabbled in crochet, cross stitch, pottery, watercolour, oil painting, printmaking, macrame, sewing, etc; you name it, I've probably tried it!”


Please join me in welcoming Natalie and Shaelyn! They are beginning their journey with us this Monday May 2nd.

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