About Little Woollie
Little Woollie is a small (but perfectly formed) yarn & fabric shop in Shortlands, Bromley. We also have a selection of haberdashery. We run classes for knitting, crochet, dressmaking and patchwork.
I had been thinking about opening a wool shop for a few years, 5 years ago now we were on an 8 hour drive to the french alps, there I was crocheting away the journey and I had this kind of eureka moment when I said out loud what I was thinking - THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO !
I then spent the rest of the journey brainstorming this new idea with my hubbie. It's fair to say, over the course of the two week holiday, I bored him senseless with my enthusiasm, although he must have been listening as he came up with the name ' Little Woollie' .
Once home, I started looking for premises, and unfortunately couldn't find anything that I could afford and sadly had to put the idea to bed. About a year later, out of nowhere, the estate agent I was working in, decided to vacate the premises. I kept looking around our office and thinking, it's small but could be beautiful, I knew the landlord and approached him about taking over the lease. Et voila ! There I was with an empty shop and a crazy idea about selling yarn and passing on the love of making things.
We have stocked the shop to the rafters with gorgeous yarn from Drops, Katia, Filanda and Jarol Heritage.
We teach knitting, crochet, patchwork and dressmaking for all levels from beginners to super-advanced.
We also design all our own patterns for Knitting, Crochet and even Dressmaking, we have an indie dressmaking label with 5 patterns in our collections.
You can find us at 56 Beckenham lane, Shortlands, Bromley, BR2 0DQ with easy access via buses, trains and car.
Opening hours are...
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 12pm-7pm
Wednesday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm
Saturday - 10am-4pm
Sunday - Closed
The closest train station is Shortlands, street parking is available in Ravensbourne Ave for only 40p per hour. Free parking is available but with lunchtime restrictions between 12pm-2pm.
Bus stop is directly outside the shop with 227 and 358 routes, off street cycle parking also available.
Little Woollie Team
Trudy - Crochet
I teach the crochet classes, taught to crochet at an early age by my Nana, I reconnected with the craft a few years ago. The choice of wool and patterns available has inspired me to take my crochet to a different level. I am able to crochet both left and right handed and therefore ensure that left handers are not excluded. I am passionate about the craft and have been amazed at how contagious crocheting is, most of my friends are now completely 'hooked'. I love to teach people having worked in a training role for many years.Teaching people to crochet and 'spreading the love' is just the best job in the world.
Sandra - Knitting
Sandra Monks has over fifty years’ experience of knitting. She enjoys a wide range of knitting including cables, fair-isle and guernseys. Sandra has designed for Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. Her latest knitted jumper included 8,000 beads! She is a member of the UK Handknitting Association. She loves to teach people how to knit and enjoys spreading enthusiasm for the craft.
Emma - Patchwork/Quilting
Emma is a Patchwork and Quilter who over 25 years has progressed from teenage amateur to international prizewinner and self-confessed material addict. She also has the dubious delight of being married to my younger brother! Initially self taught her first quilt was hand pieced and quilted on a hand cranked Singer but this quickly led to an obsession with the craft, its techniques and of course material! She has studied across the UK and North America and has been fortunate enough to exploit the Patchwork, Quilting and material shopping opportunities afforded by her 4 years in Canada. On her return to the UK Emma went on to study a City & Guilds in design where she specialized in Patchwork and Quilting before completing a City & Guilds teaching certificate. Emma has been teaching Patchwork and Quilting for over 10 years at both the community level and as a freelance teacher in the South West and her greatest joy is now undoubtedly welcoming and encouraging new addicts into the fold. Whilst she remains a devotee of the traditional techniques her personal style is fuelled by vivid material designs and as a result her own quilts are increasingly a mix of traditional techniques and bright contemporary fabrics. Some of Emma’s work can be seen in Little Woolie and this is one of the prizewinners.
Jo - Dressmaking
Jo has been sewing for over 30 years – she caught the bug as a young girl learning on her mother’s ancient Singer. After studying fashion design, pattern cutting and millinery at the London College of Fashion she graduated as a teacher specialising in Textiles. She enjoyed passing on her skills to Secondary school students before leaving to start a family. Now that the girls are older Jo has become a full time seamstress - designing and making wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses, sewing curtains and soft furnishing and altering clothes. Constantly exploring different techniques her bedtime reading often involves vintage couture textbooks and she likes nothing better than spending the day browsing and buying lovely new fabrics which will come in handy one day!! Jo looks forward to sharing her dressmaking skills with you.