On the Road: The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas


Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas

The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas is one of the biggest and best fiber shops in the country. I might be a little biased since I lived in Lawrence for more than decade and started all of my fiber fun at the Yarn Barn. I recently went back to visit and remembered to take pictures.

The current location of the Yarn Barn used to be a bookstore and newsstand, it has a ton of floor space. They carry a huge array of tools, fiber and yarn for knitting, weaving and spinning, and have classes.




Need a new wheel? You can walk out with one here , no waiting. There were at least 20 wheel to try on the floor.  And they have a ton of spinning fibers, natural and dyed. If you need an autographed copy of Yarnitecture, I signed the copies they had on the shelf.






But the selection of weaving supplies, tools and looms is what had me drooling on this trip. Lawrence has always been a big fiber community, especially for weaving.

There are so many looms. Look at the shelves of shuttles! It was hard not to fall down and ask them to ship and giant loom to my house (I didn’t).  Though now I’m thinking about a table loom with shafts.

If you are ever near Lawrence and need a fiber fix, stop into the Yarn Barn chances are they’ll have exactly what you’re looking for, and yes, they ship.


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

4 thoughts on “On the Road: The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas

  1. Mary Keely

    I lived in Olathe, KS for over 10 yrs & loved trips to the Yarn Barn! Easy to lose hours in there. When my sisters visited from St. Louis, it always included a trip to the Yarn Barn. Now that I’m back in St. Louis, I really miss it altho there are some great shops here as well.

  2. annelies

    In September I came all the way from the Netherlands to visit the Yarnbarn!!! They kept a book for a friend from our Spinners group for me to pick up. Was very impressed with the store. So much to see. Felt like a child in the sweetshop!

  3. Janet

    This is a wonderful store. My daughter lived in Kansas for 6 years, and I was able to visit several times a year–great selection, great display, great staff! Made it a few times since she left Kansas, as it’s always a starred spot for road trips

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