Visiting Handweavers Studio & Gallery in London!
Earlier this week Claudia and I took a little trip to London. While there, we stopped by
our only UK dealer, The Handweavers Studio & Gallery. We initially met Wendy, the owner of Handweavers, at the Salem, OR Northwest Weavers’ Guild Conference a few years ago and they have been selling our looms ever since.
The shop is located near the Finsbury Park tube station. When we exited the station and began to walk, it started to rain and then tapered off to a drizzle. I felt like I was back home in Seattle.
The first thing I noticed when I walked into Handweavers was that wonderful yarn-store smell. You know the one. Handweavers is the kind of place where you want to spend a whole day looking through endless skeins of yarn and their impressive selection of looms.
We met up with David, Handweavers’ manager, and he told us a little about the store, their goals and their customers. They teach a lot of classes, including some tapestry, and seem to have an incredibly loyal customer base.
Me (Elena) with David in front of Handweavers’ iconic rug (great for tapestry) yarns. (Featured in their logo)
One fantastic thing about Handweavers is that it’s just a weaving store. Everything they sell, from yarn to roving to dye to looms and spinning wheels is meant for the creation of hand woven items. There are no knitting needles or crochet hooks here. This is where you come to indulge yourself completely in weaving. As weavers we, of course, love this.
Besides their physical location, they also do a lot of online sales. If you’re in the UK and are considering a Mirrix, check out their website. You won’t have to deal with VAT or customs charges which are all figured into the price they charge for a Mirrix loom, and you’ll be provided excellent and close customer service.
If you’re in London, a visit is a must!