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Interesting and different yarns and threads for knitting, crochet, needlepoint & embroidery in mostly natural fibres


StitchUpp began life in 2011 as a stall at the weekly market in Uppingham, Rutland. It’s unusual to be selling top quality natural fibre yarns on a street market, but local people seemed to like it. Several years later our well stocked shop is right in the middle of the High Street, flanked by lots of other independent retailers. We offer a wide selection of knitting and crochet yarns, in mostly natural fibres. We also have a good selection of haberdashery, and supplies for Needlepointers, Felters, Quilters and Embroiderers.

Our brands represent excellent quality, and a fair price. We hope to supply you with interesting projects, whether you are a beginner or an expert.  

We are enthusiastic about what we sell (if we’re not we don’t sell it), and we like helping our customers find the right products.  Our main commercial brands are Adriafil, an Italian spinner of high quality, classic yarns for adults and children, and some more fancy ones, and Sirdar, who offer a good mix of classic styles for both adults and children, and more on-trend ones.  We also stock Juniper Moon Farm, which specialises in fibres grown in Peru, Argentina, Nepal, and Italy.  Each yarn is paired with a curated collection of patterns by some of the hottest and up-and-coming designers, such as Pamela Wynne.  

Our British and Northern European Wool heritage is important to us, and we help to support small independent spinners and dyers. This is reflected in our stock. We carry Woolyknit from West Yorkshire, many of whose yarns carry the British Wool Mark, and Appleton’s Tapestry and Crewel Wools for Needlepoint, also made from British Wool, and dyed in this country. Navia yarns from the Faroe Islands (which lie further northwest of the UK than Shetland) reflect our Northern European heritage of fibres grown slowly in marginal landscapes.

Manos Del Uruguay, a co-operative and member of the World Fair Trade Organisation, is our fairly traded yarn.

Again supporting British producers, we stock fibres for Felters, including British wool tops and merino ones from Woolyknit.  

StitchUpp also stocks a wide range of knitting and crochet accessories. Our needles and hooks are from Addi, manufactured in Germany to an excellent quality.  We carry small accessories such as stitch markers and pattern markers from Atomic Knitting.

Our embroidery supplies include DMC embroidery threads. We also stock Gütermann quilting thread, as well as a great selection of haberdashery for sewers, which includes buttons, ribbons, bias binding, pins and needles, interfacings, elastic, piping cord, curtain tape, felt squares and threads.

We have a good library of patterns available to purchase as leaflets, and in addition we have access to patterns which prominent British knitwear and crochet designers such as Kate Davies, Ysolda Teague and Rachel Atkinson have made available via the Internet for local yarn shops to sell on their behalf.

Our craft books include ‘how to’ guides for beginners, stitch dictionaries, and books on techniques, as well as design books.

Our classes and tutorials are aimed at both those who want to build their skills, and the more experienced who want to extend their skills.

The High Street in Uppingham, in Rutland (England’s smallest county) has an impressive shopping offer from largely independent retailers, many specialising in art, crafts and books, together with good cafés and restaurants, and a number of hotels offering accommodation.

If you can’t make it to the shop, a Mail Order service is available to customers in the UK.  You can also find us on Ravelry  Facebook.and Instagram

Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope you have a good crafting season, and look forward to welcoming you at the shop.

Last week I was chatting to a customer when she said something along the lines of ‘I remember when yarn shops were the place you went to find something new and exciting, but now people go to Yarn Festivals’. That got me thinking! Should I have become an indie yarnie instead? What is it about yarn festivals that make them so attractive? Click here to read the full blog >






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StitchUpp is located on the High Street in Uppingham, just East of the Market Place. The town is located on the A47 between Peterborough and Leicester. There is plenty of parking and we have easy access for wheelchairs. See our visit page for full details.

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Extended opening hours for lockdown week beginning 2nd December 2020 are:  Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am till 5.30pm.  The shop will be closed after that,   re-opening on 2nd December (fingers crossed).

After lockdown please email jane(at)stitchupp.co.uk for supplies.  I can arrange to deliver or post your goods.  I can now take payment by either email or phone.  I will be in the shop on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am till 12 noon to hand out goods.  Please don’t ask me to open the door unless it is to collect something you have already paid for.  Businesses can be fined £10,000 for breaking lockdown rules.  

I can put items in the window for you to look at, or I can email photos, if you need to see before you buy.  Please do ask if you need advice.  I will be monitoring the shop phone and Facebook, but its easier to find your queries if you use email

I will be offering needlecrafting support and some interesting activities during lockdown, and over the winter.  If you are interested please let me have your email address.  I will post details here and on Facebook too.

Covid-19 Precautions when visiting StitchUpp

The shop has been re-organised to offer counter service, for 2 people at any one time.  Hand sanitiser is provided for your use, and I have a sneeze screen.

INew Stock - we are very pleased to welcome Croft Shetland Wool from West Yorkshire Spinners in the DK weight.  It is a medium  tension plied yarn which will stand up to wear.  I’m delighted to be supporting a British spinner and a British breed.  The patterns in the book are by Sarah Hatton and Rosee Woodland, two well known British designers.  They are mostly for women.  The three mens patterns feature a stitch pattern, colourwork, or cables.

Colour Lab from the same company is a good value 100% British wool machine washable double knitting yarn in 23 colours .