At Get Stitchin’
Ever get an itch to knit your own sweater or crochet your own blanket?
That’s the question Lori Hall, the owner of Get Stitchin’, wants to facilitate. She welcomes crafters of all levels to her store, especially for fellowship and instruction.
Hall became immersed in the crafting community after purchasing a craft store from a prior owner. She placed her own stamp on the business by renaming it Get Stitchin’ and relocating to the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan.
Hall, a cross stitcher, initially focused on that craft, but after several customers inquired if she had new yarn in, she dovetailed with broader crafting specialties.
A hands-on owner, she learned how to knit and crochet.
“The more I started to knit, the more I loved it.”
She shares that studies have shown knitting has therapeutic benefits.
“If you work with quality fibers, it’s relaxing. It can take you into a different world, away from the stresses of life. And it’s rewarding because you have a finished product.”
Purchasing high quality but affordable fibers, like merino wools, cottons, linens and Alpaca, and crafting tools are important to her, especially those Made In Oklahoma (MIO).
She dedicates an entire display for MIO yarns and features MIO novelty and gift products on a center display near the shop’s entrance.
Every year, she sponsors Fiber Christmas in July. This event in Kellyville connects MIO vendors and farmers with buyers.
“I always look for new farmers who don’t have product in my store. I try to support local and independent Oklahoma businesses as much as I can.”
She also gives back to the community, donating to various charities and participating in Click for Babies, a campaign that invites knitters and crocheters to make purple baby caps to increase awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying and help prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.
The spirit of her store isn’t found in the quality supplies, but in the classes and camaraderie—setting her shop apart from box stores.
Most of the employees and teachers were first customers before getting more involved.
“We know the majority of our customers on a first name basis,” shares Hall.
She brings in experienced and talented teachers to instruct on a variety of classes for all skill levels.
Beginners can learn crafts such as knitting, crocheting and needle felting — a class that appeals to children.
“Kids love needle felting where they’re drawing a picture with fiber.”
She has a “4 for 40” special for beginners where they pay $40 upfront for four classes (otherwise, an individual hour class is $15) if they want to dive into the crafting world. Many beginners get hooked.
“They catch on easily and find a sense of accomplishment because they are creating a product that they can take home.”
The shop provides advanced classes throughout the month and workshops if crafters need help with their current projects.
As an incentive for returning customers, she offers Savers Cards. For every dollar spent on products and services, she adds a punch to the card. Once the card is full, the customers receive $5.00 off their next purchase.
Get Stitchin’ is a member of TNNA, The National NeedleArts Association, and TKGA, The Knitting Guild Association. Groups like the Green Country Knitters, Sock Yarn Club and Knitting Needles in Tulsa meet there once a month. Guild and club members receive discounts on products.
No matter what’s happening in the shop, Hall’s goal is to provide an inviting place for crafters.
“I try to keep it light. When I train people, I emphasize maintaining a casual, fun atmosphere.”
Don’t be surprised if you see a customer sitting in the store, knitting a pair of socks, and eating lunch from Katy’s Pantry, a nearby cafe.
The third Thursday night each month is “Thirdsday” where Hall has extended hours. Here, crafters socialize and eat (for $5, you can enjoy pizza and a glass of wine) as they work on individual projects.
After three years of operating Get Stitchin’, Lori Hall thoroughly loves this business. She enjoys listening to her customers’ needs, learning new crafting skills, and facilitating the crafting community.
Despite all the activity and variety of products, how does Hall summarize Get Stitchin’?
“It’s a small shop that’s big on fun!”