Opening hours

Christmas to
end February

Seven days a week,
10.00 - 4.00

April to late October
Seven days a week,
9.00 - 5.00

Late October to Christmas
10.00 - 4.00

Site updated
16 March 2018


on the Shropshire Union Canal in south Cheshire

Canal Shop       Gifts       Needlework Shop       Events

Historic Boats

 the widest selection of canal books, maps and guides


needlework kits and crafts


Paintings and embroidered pictures by
Sheila M Webster
Permanent exhibition by Audlem artist

Canal Art Exhibition
Paintings, linocuts and photographs by
15-20 artists
18 March - 14 April

Needlefelted Animals
Exhibition by The March Hare (Nicky Harris)
16 May - 16 June

by Liz Taylor
24 May - 29 June

Canal Linocuts & Paintings
Exhibition by Eric Gaskell
16 July - 18 August

Gathering of Historic Boats
About 35 ex-working boats
28/29 July

Needlework & Knitting

The first floor at Audlem Mill is dedicated to needlework, knitting and related crafts.

Needlework Kits

A wide variety of cross stitch, goldwork, tapestry, blackwork, longstitch, crewel work, stumpwork, latch hook, dolls house soft furnishing, and other kits.

We also have the full Abacus Designs range of nearly 200 cross stitch kits, of which about half are of canal and waterway subjects, and also canal related kits from other designers such as Heritage Crafts, Cambriana and Classic Embroidery, including canal maps.

Good range of embroidery hoops and plastic frames - the best frames on the market, we believe.

Embroidery threads

The full range of DMC and Anchor stranded cotton, and some specialist threads by Pearsalls, Caron, Oliver Twists, and Texere.  Many shades of Anchor tapestry wool, at 40p each, or 3 for £1.00!


A selection for various crafts, e.g. hessian, aida, brittney, lugana, binca, evenweave, interlock canvas, calico, scrim, plus some printed poly cottons.

Specialist needles and tools

Tapestry, sewing, beading and other needles.  Rag rugging, latch hook and punch needle tools.  Crochet needles.


Yarns by Stylecraft and other suppliers, a small range of adult, child and baby patterns, metal and bamboo needles, and accessories. French knitting kits.

“Take Away” knitted teddy bear kits - knit a teddy with attitude!


A very wide selection of books on most types of needlecraft.


Lots of useful notions and knick-knacks!  Gutermann sewing threads.  Goldwork wires and accessories. Buttons.


Lots of beads, beading mats, wires, pliers, jewellery findings etc.

Gifts for Needleworkers

Upcycled and English pewter pincushions