The Crafters’ Basket
We find out more about Sligo craft shop The Crafters’ Basket. This beautifully located shop is jam packed with beautiful craft supplies. We chatted to proprietor Caron Laffey to find out more.
Tell us a little bit about your shop
We are based in Cliffoney, a small village in the West of Ireland. The shop is open 10.00am to 6.00pm from Monday to Saturday and we also have an online shop www.craftersbasket.com. The Crafter’s Basket has been in business for 13 years.
The shop premises is unique and has a great atmosphere. The old stone building was originally the village post office. It was then extended and became an Italian restaurant with huge windows overlooking the sea and Donegal Mountains. When the restaurant closed The Crafter’s Basket moved in and it is now the perfect place to display our huge range of stock.
What craft supplies do you focus on?
We focus mainly on knitting, patchwork, sugarcraft and cardmaking but also carry a huge range of supplies for other crafts.
Are you seeing a growth in people looking for craft supplies?
Crafting is becoming more popular as people realise that with the right materials and a little help they can create something beautiful.
What are the most popular items/crafts among your customers?
Coming up to Christmas our most popular craft is knitting Christmas trees and wreaths using eyelet lace. Sugarcraft supplies are always popular- there are always birthday and celebrations to bake for.
What brands of fabric do you stock?
Moda, Makower and Nutex are our main suppliers but we also stock fabrics from Lewis and Irene, Northcott, Quilting Treasures Kona Bay and others.
What are your top selling fabrics?
We have a great range of batiks, which our customers love. At this time of year Christmas panels and advent panels are also popular.
What brands of yarn do you stock?
Our main suppliers are Sirdar, Stylecraft and Rico. Our customers like good quality affordable yarns.
What are your top selling yarns?
Sirdar Snuggly DK and Baby Crofter are always popular. Many of our customers enjoy Aran knitting and they find the 400g balls of Hayfield Bonus Aran great value.
What’s the most popular pattern(s) you sell?
Baby patterns and Aran patterns are always popular.
Do you have a knitting group/crafting group in your shop?
We have a crochet group and host the local Active Aged craft classes.
Do you run any classes in your shop?
We have regular classes in patchwork, sugarcraft, cardmaking, crochet and knitting.
Who’s your typical customer?
We don’t have a typical customer. They are of all ages and skills. There are locals as well as visitors from the rest of Ireland and around the world.
Do you get involved with any charity crafting projects?
Yes, at the moment members of our staff are knitting tiny cardigans for premature babies.
Do you stock supplies from any local designers or producers?
We stock Aran Tweed yarn from Donegal and we have a supply of locally handspun yarn.
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