Opening hours

Closed -
Reopening 1 March

Seven days a week,
10.00 - 4.00

April to late
Seven days a week,
9.00 - 5.00

Late October to Christmas
Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
10.00 - 4.00

Site updated
21 December 2019


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


Canal Art
Permanent exhibition by members of Guild of Waterway Artists, changing every 1-2 months

Handwoven Textiles and Spinning
Exhibition of work by
Fiona Nisbet

Steampunk Costume
by Monique Hollingshead
Mid-May to July

Gathering of Historic Boats
About 35 ex-working boats
Last weekend in July
Click here for more information

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.  Some remaining 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