BLACK Sheep Wools – the UK’s largest yarn shop based at The Warehouse Studios in Culcheth – has scooped three awards in their 40th anniversary year.

The business, which first opened its doors in 1983, won honours for their workshops and classes, the shop and online personality at the Craftworld Yarn Industry Awards.

Director Sara Geraghty took Best Online Personality, Black Sheep Craft Barn was named Best Shop North of England and the workshops and classes claimed top spot.

At the heart of Black Sheep Wools is Sara, who passion for knitting, crochet and all things yarn shines through.

Sara and her brother Steve Mulvey, who is also a director, have nurtured the business into a haven for yarn and stitching since their parents and business founders Carol and Paul Mulvey retired.

Director Sara Geraghty

Director Sara Geraghty

Sara keeps the customers and followers engaged with regular newsletters and live streams as well as make-alongs and blogs.

The live streams took off during the Covid-19 pandemic with members of the community feeling connected during national and local lockdowns and have now become a cornerstone of the Black Sheep brand.

Sara regularly shares her latest makes as well as hints and tips.

Black Sheep’s workshops and classes provide a base for learning new creative skills.

They’re hosted by professional tutors and held in Craft Barn catering for crafters of all levels and skill sets.

Black Sheep Wools took three national yarn industry awards

Black Sheep Wools took three national yarn industry awards

Sara said: “Whether you’re taking your first steps in crochet or you’re a seasoned crafter seeking new challenges, there’s something for everyone.

“Black Sheep’s workshops are a place where skills are honed, friendships are started and everyone is welcome to spend time with like-minded people.”

The Black Sheep Craft Barn is a destination stop for yarn and stitch lovers across the north west and has now been recognised as the best shop in the north of England.

Black Sheep Wools first opened in Culcheth in 1983

Black Sheep Wools first opened in Culcheth in 1983

Sara said: “This award is testament to their provision of quality, good value products and fabulous customer service.

“With friendly knowledgeable staff ready to guide customers on their crafting journey and an excellent tea shop serving homemade cakes, it’s the perfect day out!”

Steve said: “We won in three categories and are incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for us.”

Sara added: “We’re so grateful to our customers, staff and the wider crafting community for their continues support.

“We feel we’ve built something truly special at Black Sheep Wools and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”