About Us

Wool ‘n Weave has been in Hillcrest longer than most of our customers can remember. In fact many of our customers were not even born when the doors opened in the early 1970’s. From its humble beginnings as a farm stall near the old Lillie’s store, through 3 venues in the Village Centre, to its current position in Lillies Quarter, Wool ‘n Weave has served its loyal customers in Hillcrest and far beyond faithfully.

The many customers who are still with us since the early days remember the original owner, Pat Sutherland fondly and tell stories of the beautiful mohair jerseys that she designed. Sadly, Pat passed away but many of her jerseys are still worn with pride. The second owner, Diane Blignaut still knits the most beautiful baby jerseys for us and visits regularly. Joan Shepherd and her daughter, Lorraine were the next owners. While Lorraine moved on to a career in the travel industry, Joan is still an invaluable member of staff at Wool ‘n Weave.

Village Centre 2005-2008

Village Centre 2005-2008

Lillies Quarter 2008-2010

Lillies Quarter 2008-2010

Lillies Quarter current shop 2010-present

Lillies Quarter current shop 2010-present

May 2005 was when Liz took over Wool ‘n Weave and realised the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. She had always bought far more yarn than she needed and it was no different in the shop. After 3 years we were bursting at the seams and had outgrown the old venue. The growth in popularity of knitting and crocheting led to a demand for classes and workshops so we needed space for that too. In June 2008 we moved to Lillies Quarter where we are extremely happy and the variety of yarn is even greater and we still offer the best value with great service. The workshops and classes are a big hit and we are learning something new all the time.

Left to right: Mbali, Wendy,Liz and Joan

Left to right: Mbali, Wendy,Liz and Joan

The original team way back in 2005

The original team way back in 2005

The current team: Liz, Nicole, Wendy, Joan, Sam and Mbali

The current team: Liz, Nicole, Wendy, Joan, Sam and Mbali

Mbali Maphumulo, also known as Joy, has been with Wool ‘n Weave for 28 years and has worked alongside all of the owners. Our customers agree that Wool ‘n Weave and Mbali are inextricably bound and the shop would not be the same without her.

Our Vision

Our vision is the same as it was 11 years ago – to do whatever it takes to keep the yarn crafts alive and to supply a great selection of yarn and at really good prices. As it turned out all we had to do was have the yarn available – the crafting community did the rest.

Many people tell us that we have really friendly and helpful staff who provide the best customer service. This is not planned – it is just who we are.

Community

I always say that knitters are nice people. This goes for crocheters too. There are many ladies out there who spend most of their time making blankets, clothing and all manner of warm and comforting articles for others.

Since 2005 we have been a drop off point for donations for the Robin Hood Foundation. These are an amazing group of people who give up their time to help less fortunate people. We have had literally thousands of baby jerseys lovingly made for the Love the Babies campaign that is ongoing and aims to ensure that all babies go home with something special to wear.

Robin Hood Foundation Bless the Granny and Grandpa gifts

Robin Hood Foundation Bless the Granny and Grandpa gifts

Hillcrest Aids Centre yarn bombing

Hillcrest Aids Centre yarn bombing

CHOC beanie drive

CHOC beanie drive

Classes

Wendy walked into Wool ‘n Weave one Sunday morning eight years ago and offered to give crochet classes. That was a defining moment for Wool ‘n Weave and Wendy has been part of the family ever since.  Linda, one of her long time crochet pupils who excelled at the craft, came to the rescue when we needed another teacher and we have not looked back. We now have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Both teachers are excellent, really talented and patient. Give us a call on 031-7652770 or email us at info@woolnweave.co.za.

Wendy's class

Wendy's class

Linda's class

Linda's class

Social knitting

Social knitting

Retreat

For the last 3 years, Wool ‘n Weave have organised a Knit and Crochet Retreat where yarn addicts get together to crochet, knit, learn new skills and eat the most really awesome food.

Retreat 2014 - the yarn clan

Retreat 2014 - the yarn clan

Retreat 2015 - the classes

Retreat 2015 - the classes

Retreat 2016 - the rugby fans

Retreat 2016 - the rugby fans

Fun

And if that isn’t enough sunshine in our lives, we find fun wherever we are able.