The Needlecraft Barn has permanently closed.
The Needlecraft Barn is closing!
Last business day is June 30.

M-Snap Window
Our next community focused window will begin after July 4th and run through August.  The Mountaineer Spay Neuter Assistance Program, M-SNAP, is a local non-profit “whose mission is to make spay/neuter the most common solution to reducing the number of homeless, abandoned and feral animals in Monongalia County, WV, thereby eliminating euthanasia as a necessary means of animal control.” An important feature of their work is financial vouchers to assist in spay and neuter costs. They work in conjunction with local veterinarians to make the spay or neuter option affordable.  One source of funding for their voucher and education programs is the “Retails” thrift store in the Morgantown Mall.
I am inviting you to make pet items to donate to M-Snap. This will be a great opportunity to use up odd lots and leftover partial balls of yarn in your stash. Think of toys, beds, decorations for collars, pet sweaters; anything that you might be tempted to pick up in a pet store.  Create a couch cushion or car seat cover for a dog or cat and practice new stitches at the same time.  Maybe you have always wanted to attempt felting; you could mix odd lot yarns together and felt a pad for a dog or cat bed.  Drop the items off at The Needlecraft Barn and we will add them to our window display. Any items we collect will be donated to “Retails” to support their Spay and Neuter program in Monongalia.

Red, White, & Blue!!
Cancer Boutique Window
The Needlecraft Barn’s first cause directed project campaign of 2013 is the “Cancer Boutique Spring Fashion Drive.”  The Cancer Boutique at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at Ruby Memorial Hospital provides items such as “chemo hats” free of charge to individuals undergoing various cancer treatments.
 We are inviting people to make a Spring or Summer related accessory to donate to the Cancer Boutique.  Think of it as a chance to create a bright and cheerful fashion accessory. There are no restrictions on what they accept.  Items are needed for adults and children of both genders and all ages.
Some suggestions are lacy cloches, wide-brimmed hats, and decorated headbands.  Lighter weight shawls and cowls add warmth without bulk. One of the novelty yarn scarves could be worn as a headband or just to brighten the day.  Fingerless gloves could help with neuropathy or be made with extra-long cuffs coming up the arms to dress up compression sleeves. If you have ever seen the synthetic socks the patients are given at the hospital you know that a bright pair of hand knit socks would be a welcome replacement to wear with a pair of crocs or slippers. 
If you would like to participate in our spring fashion drive, drop finished items off at The Needlecraft Barn anytime during business hours.  The items will be on display in the window as they are collected.  If you would like to learn more about the Cancer Boutique and the work they do, you may call Sue at 304-598-5975.

Each year for the holidays we receive and create handmade giftsOften these gifts are made by people who are special to us and they are creating this gift specially for us.  It seems like we try to protect these gifts and put them away in special places so that nothing will happen to them.  As a result, we often forget to take them out and enjoy them.  The way we are reminded of the care and talent that went into creating them is to have them around us so that we can see and use them.  This window contains gifts, made for Cecilia, by her mother, father, and both grandmothers.  It is a pleasure to share these gifts with everyoneThe gifts are reminders of the talents and the history that are the source of the knowledge and skills that Cecilia shares with the customers at the Needlecraft Barn.  We encourage you to take some time to surround yourself with the gifts that contribute to your own skills and talents that help you create the gifts you share with others.
Project Linus Window
The window featuring Project Linus Blankets is now underway and will be up through November 24.  Our goal is to fill the window by Thanksgiving.  We had some blankets arrive early and are starting on October 8 with eight blankets, pictured at the right.  As of November 10th, the Needlecraft Barn has collected 81 blankets, pictured below.  As a reminder, Project Linus provides blankets to children in critical care hospital settings.  The ‘security blanket’ offers comfort to newborns, teenagers, and all ages in between.  Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. In addition, they must come from a smoke-free environment.  The Needlecraft Barn is pleased to be a collection center year round (and will continue to be so after the window is completed). This is just a special campaign to have a ready supply of blankets to help Project Linus through the holiday season.  More details about the organization and links to Project Linus blanket patterns are available at the Project Linus website.
Paws for Special Pets

Suzanne Gainer has told us about a group of three local women (north central WV and south western PA) who call themselves “Paws for Special Pets.”  Relying entirely on their own resources, these three friends are working to accomplish two goals.  First, they help elderly and disabled people keep their pets by supplementing the costs.  They will step in and pay for unexpected vet bills, medicine, and food when the costs exceed what a fixed income can cover.  Second, they foster old, disabled, ill or ‘cranky’ small dogs that otherwise would not have a home.  They currently have a combined total of 38 dogs; many Jack Russell Terriers, plus Chihuahuas, Chihuahua mixes, dachshunds, a small poodle and a shih tzu.  These are small breeds which chill easily and really do not like going outside when it is cold. While there are many ways to help, one of the things they need are small dog sweaters as the cooler weather approaches. 

For our window we collected dog sweaters to send to them to help out.  On October 7th, Peaches and Mary, two adorable Chihuahuas, visited the shop with Suzanne and Cheryl to pick up the sweaters.  There were at least twenty-five sweaters for the Paws for Special Pets Dogs.  The winning sweater was knit by Martha Warren and was a two-tone pink cabled design.  It was a cold day and both Peaches and Mary wore new sweaters home. 
Peaches the Chihuahua wearing the first-place sweater!
Peaches the Chihuahua loves her new sweater!
Summery Shawls
Shawls and lightweight scarves are an easy way to show off your needlecraft talent and give you a fashionable way to fight off the chill of a summer evening.  The shawls and scarves in the current window are both knitted and crocheted. The current Kollage "Feed Your Creativity" kit features a lace shawl knit with milk and cotton yarn that makes a soft, elegant shawl.  All shawls and scarves in the window were made by Cecilia Graves.
Morgantown Fiber Guild
The Morgantown Fiber Guild is West Virginiaís oldest fiber guild, existing in various forms since 1973.  The group began when a group of spinners, The Mountain Skeiners, and a group of weavers, Mountain Weavers Guild, combined to form The Fiber Council.  Known today as the Morgantown Fiber Guild, the organization maintains its original focus on spinning and weaving while expanding to include related fiber arts such as knitting, crochet, felting, and quilting.  The group meets the third Wednesday of the month from March through December.  The meetings are held in various Guild membersí homes, at The Needlecraft Barn on Chancery Row, and at the Monongalia Arts Center on High Street.  The Morgantown Fiber Guild also arranges informal workshops and participates in various craft shows and demonstrations.  Fiber artists of all skill levels and interests are welcome to join.  Yearly dues are $10.  For more information or for specific inquiries email the Morgantown Fiber Guild at
The Work of Joyce Potter, Weaver
The current window features items woven by Joyce Potter.  Joyce had her first weaving class in college in the 1960's, at East Tennessee State University where she was an art education major.  While staying an active weaver from that point, it was almost ten years later before she bought a loom of her own.  At the time she was living in Fairmont and teaching in Monongalia County.  Joyce often uses yarns she purchases at the Needlecraft Barn in her scarves and shawls.  She says that:

My instructor in college had  been a  very traditional weaver so we only used cotton threads in the warp (the length-wise threads on the loom).  But I went to New Hampshire for a workshop and learned that different types of threads could be mixed with the warp.  So I incorporated all kinds of colors and textures in my weaving.  In the late 1980's, I "discovered" the world of dollhouse miniatures, bought the thinest threads i could find, and started weaving one inch to one foot scale textiles.  Over the next 15 years I went to dollhouse shows in several states.  After more than 40 years of weaving, it still seems like magic to watch the patterns emerge as the shuttle zips across the threads.

Joyce's traditional scarves and shawls, as well as her miniature work, are included in the display.  Additional examples of her miniature work can be seen inside the shop, in the glass counter at the cash register.  Many of the items included in the display are for sale.  Joyce will be participating in the Fairmont Miniature Club Show on April 28th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Fairfield Inn near Middletown Mall. 
Close-Up photos of Joyce Potter's Dollhouse Miniatures - Click on the photo to enlarge it!
2012 marks the beginning of the 35th year The Needlecraft Barn has been a Local Yarn Shop in downtown Morgantown.  In recognition of this, the current window display is a tribute to Marian Shaffer, one of the original inspirations for the shop.  Marian Shaffer (1908-1996) was the mother of Barbara Hamrick, the original owner of The Needlecraft Barn.  Mrs. Shaffer was a talented needlework artist. She was accomplished in every type of needlework the shop offered.  The current window includes samples of her knitting, crochet, needlepoint, crewel, stamped cross-stitch and counted cross-stitch.  She also quilted and sewed.
Mrs. Shaffer was often in the shop and available to answer customers’ questions and taught a variety of classes.  Her knowledge and encouragement were an important source of information and support for Barbara and the Needlecraft Barn staff.  It seems appropriate at the beginning of the year to acknowledge one of our “founding mothers.”  Mrs. Shaffer’s work will be on display until the middle of February.