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, with 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's owner in Paso Robles, CA (which translates to Pass of the Oaks).
In October of 2015 The Black Squirrel launched an Indiegogo campaign which raised 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.
We are Building a Shop for the Crafting Community.
Our brick and mortar shop stocks a highly curated, fun, modern collection of yarns, fabrics, and other craft supplies from all the best suppliers, as well as local handmade gifts. Our space is bright and airy, with a welcoming feel that encourages people to join in the DIY revolution, and dispels the granny-craft stereotype.
We have a classroom space in which we 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 we will be having a different artist hang beautiful work on its walls each month, with art opening receptions every first Friday of the month. We will host other special events in the space, as well as make it available to rent for crafty get-togethers.
In the future we hope to encourage independent designers to create exclusive fabric collections for our shop. Click on our social media links in the top right hand corner of this page to get involved, suggest products or classes you'd like to see in our space, and receive updates on new items, classes, giveaways, and events. We want to interact with the craft community at large and your opinion is our most valuable connection. We hope to see you soon!