What is The Black Squirrel?

 The concept for The Black Squirrel started back in August of 2014. Chase Clark, the owner and curator of the shop, had always wanted to open a retail space that would be filled with inspiring fabric, yarn, and craft supplies, and incorporate a fun workshop area, to inspire creativity in her local community. The plan had taken various forms over many years, but really came together during her time in the South Bay, where black squirrels played on the fence outside her studio window. The black squirrels were a lovely personification of crafters - who always tend to stash supplies for a rainy day, and who regard their skills as something to rely on in tough times. The acorns in the logo not only represent the squirrels, but also the roots of the shop, both in Paso Robles, CA (which translates to Pass of the Oaks), where the owner grew up, and in Oakland, CA, where the retail storefront will eventually flourish.

In October of 2015 The Black Squirrel launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the retail and online shops, and while we didn't hit our main goal, we did raise enough money to open the online version of the shop! Every item has been chosen with the utmost care. Yarns are purchased from small, independent, and local dyers whenever possible, and each one is seen and touched in person before we order it to make sure it lives up to our standards of softness and quality.

Right now our workspace is very limited, so we're starting the online shop slowly with just our favorite yarns and supplies. In the future we will be adding fabrics and more tools as well. As we expand the online shop, all profits will be put back into the business to help it grow, so every purchase made gets us closer to opening our amazing retail space.



We are Building a Shop for the Crafting Community.

When the retail shop opens, we will stock a highly curated, fun, modern collection of fabrics, yarns, and other craft supplies from all the best suppliers. Our shop space will be bright and airy, with a welcoming feel that encourages people to join in the DIY revolution, and dispels the granny-craft stereotype.

It will have a beautiful accompanying e-commerce site stocked with everything the shop has to offer, as well as a blog full of tutorials and articles relevant to the modern crafter. Once established we hope to encourage independent designers to create exclusive fabric collections for our shop.

It will have a classroom space that will host basic knitting, crochet, and sewing classes on a sliding scale, so these skills will be available to all. Guest teachers with fun, trendy classes will be hosted each month. The space can be used as a workshop for community members when classes aren't in session, and as a gallery space for local artists to sell their work and be part of the First Friday Art Walk. We will host special events in the space, as well as make it available to rent for crafty get-togethers.

While we are preparing our shop please click here to visit our Instagram page to get involved in the building process and receive progress updates. We want to interact with the craft community at large and your opinion is our most valuable connection.