Twisted Threads by Megg is one of Tipton’s newest shops on Main Street. Owned by Megan Keith, it is much more than a yarn shop. It’s not your grandma’s knitting store, as it has supplies for a variety of fiber arts with a modern twist.
The path to owning the niche store began a few years before COVID-19 when Keith’s husband bought her a sewing machine. She fell in love with several different fabric crafts and to fund her own supplies like fabric squares and macrame cord, she started selling materials on Etsy.
“Macrame has been around for years but it’s big now. I love to do it! It’s really my forte and how I got started crafting. I started selling fabric and imported cord from Poland on Etsy. If cheap cord is used, the finished macrame product doesn’t hold its shape and may fray,” says Keith.
“At my home, I outgrew places to store everything, and the supplies were taking up all the space in every room. It was wall-to-wall macrame cord and fabric. I had been looking for a while for the right store front,” says Keith.
Keith and her husband, Brett, have experience flipping houses and they own a couple of vacant lots north of downtown Tipton. They had come into town to shop when they saw a ‘for rent’ sign on the building. They contacted the owner who was worried that the office space he had just updated would not work out for her.
“We made it work, says Keith. “It’s like a little house business with different rooms. Each craft has its own space. We have embroidery and cross stitching, fabric for quilting and sewing, needle felting and punch needle as well as yarn.
However, there is a diverse selection of yarn in the store. Besides basic knitting yarn, there are some higher-end specialties offered. Super soft, thick, and chunky yarn is available for projects such as arm knitting and wool roving. Tee-shirt yarn and other varieties not usually in big box stores can also be found at the shop.
A variety of classes are being planned for Sunday afternoons. Featured will be knitting and crocheting in addition to different fiber arts classes. They will be posted on the shop’s Facebook page and sign-up sheets are at the store. Besides Keith, her sister, Michelle Myers, an art teacher at Christian Heritage High School in Indianapolis, will conduct classes. Local ladies have expressed interest in both attending events and teaching.
When asked where the name Twisted Threads by Megg came from, Keith laughs.
“My name is Megan not Megg! My kids tease me and say that’s not my name and Meg isn’t even spelled with two ‘gs’. I had to go with it when I started my shop on Etsy. Now it’s the name of the shop!”
“Doing any craft is fun, relaxing and social. We have had a lot of positive responses that people that people want classes. We don’t want to lose the art of knitting and crocheting. The community has been supportive. They seem so appreciative we are here, and the surrounding businesses want us to be successful. It’s a completely different vibe than a larger city,” says Keith.
You can visit Twisted Threads by Megg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays only at 119 North Main Street downtown Tipton. You can also visit the store’s Etsy website at www.etsy.com/shop/twistedthreadsbymegg. Additional information about upcoming classes can be found on Instagram and Facebook at @twistedthreadsbymegg.
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