The James River Yarn Crawl

The James River Yarn Crawl is scheduled for Sept. 17-25, 2021, and The Flying Needles is one of six participating shops that have been behind the scenes creating an in-store and online event for all.

For nine days, fiber enthusiasts are invited to join either in-person or virtually!

Each shop will have events going on during the nine days including trunk shows. More information on all participating shops can be found on the James River Yarn Crawl website: or on the James River Yarn Crawl’s Instagram and/or Facebook pages.


We can finally release some of our building excitement! Two of our EXCLUSIVE James River Yarn Crawl items are available for pre-order!

There are FIVE EXCLUSIVE ITEMS for the James River Yarn Crawl:

Robin Promise Yarn Co.'s Blue Crabs of the James Exclusive Show color 
  MAB Elements JRYC Exclusive River Live Magnetic Shawl Pins
Cottontail Farms Shawl Project Bags
MAB Elements River Crabs stitch marker collection and
Megs & Co.'s Daybreak at the James Exclusive Show Color

We cannot stress enough that there are limited quantities of all the JRYC Exclusives. We anticipate that these items will sell out fast. 


Oh baby OH Baby OH BABY!

The James River Yarn Crawl is coming like a freight train, and BOY do we have some SERIOUS FUN planned for you during the Sept. 17-25 event!

We will have a GIANT trunk show in the shop by Megs & Co. Known for her MEGS, 2300 yard / 500 gram hanks of hand-dyed loveliness all on one skein. We also will have trunk shows from our friends MAB Elements, Signature Needles and Pawleys Studios. 

ALSO, for the first time, we will be opening up the space next door, suite 12, for two in-person vendors who will be on site the first weekend only, Sept. 17-19 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

A Virginia vendor, Cottontail Farms will be here with bells on! She's bringing  project bags multiplying around her like bunnies! She also is bringing everything except the kitchen sink - wrist rulers, tools and other very cool notions. 

Toad Hollow is RETURNING with a full trunk show including quilting fabrics! 


Friday, Sept. 17:  10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sept. 18:  10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Sept. 19:  10 am to 5 pm
Monday, Sept.  20:  10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 21:  10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 22:  10 am to 5 pm
Thursday, Sept. 23:  10 am to 5 pm
Friday, Sept. 24:  10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sept. 25:  10 am to 5 pm



The Crawl will start with a bang as all six shops will co-host a Kick-Off party at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 16.

To make things even more fun, some lucky participant will receive a JRYC swag bag during the kick-off event. During the party, each shop owner will walk you through highlights of what’s going on in each shop during the nine days.

Topic: JRYC Kick-Off Party!
Time: Sep 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 820 1253 3898
Passcode: JRYC2021



As you know, the James River Yarn Crawl event is a hybrid in-person and virtual event. The Flying Needles will host a LIVE & virtual event at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 18. Susan will host Toad Hollow's Mary Beth & Helen along with Cottontail Farms Chelsea. Susan will walk you through the show specials, trunk shows, special merchandise, and will have swag to giveaway!
Meeting ID: 845 1582 5180
Passcode: JRYC-TFN



For those participating in-person, pick up your James River Yarn Crawl Passport from any participating shop and then tour and visit each of the yarn shops along the trail from Richmond to Virginia Beach.

Once you make a purchase at each yarn shop, the shop will then stamp your passport. Once you have received stamps from all six shops, you can turn in your filled passport at the last shop on your trail. All completed passports will be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway! Shop prizes also will be at stake – valued at more than $150 each. You can pick up a James River Yarn Crawl Passport at any participating shop beginning Sept. 17.



For those participating virtually, each shop will host a VIRTUAL session for those not able to make an in-person visit. Ours will be 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 18. 

To qualify for prizes virtually, make an online purchase at all six locations and hang on to all of your receipts. Complete six purchases from the six participating shops. Collect all purchase receipts in one email. Add the SUBJECT LINE: VIRTUAL PASSPORT SUBMISSION in the subject line, and email your grand prize submission to:

If you shop exclusively online, your email must be received by midnight on Sept. 25 to qualify. 


All of these Crawl specials are available while supplies last.

Whatever level of purchase you make, you accrue all the promotionals up to your purchase price. For example, if you purchase more than $400 worth of merchandise, you will have the opportunity to receive all the show specials.

Purchase 3 skeins of Robin’s Promise Yarn Co Bird of Prey Bulky or Raptor Worsted and get the 4th one FREE while supplies last!

$25 purchase - FREE leather hat tag with the James River Yarn Crawl 2021 logo
$50 purchase - the EXCLUSIVE Cottontail Farms’ JRYC notions bag for $10; regular price is $20
$75 purchase - any MAB Elements magnetic shawl pin for $5.00 off
$100 purchase - FREE JRYC enamel collector pin
$125 purchase - FREE RPYC mini skein of your choice
$150 purchase - receive the JRYC / The Flying Needles sling bag for FREE
$200 purchase - FREE JRYC stitch marker fob by Katrinkles
$300 purchase - FREE The Flying Needles notions box
$400 purchase - FREE The Flying Needles boat tote

Also during the show, all purchases on the website or in-store over $150 SHIP FOR FREE!

All promotional merchandise is available for purchase as well.
The James River Yarn Crawl hat tags retail for $3
The James River Yarn Crawl collector stitch marker fobs retail for $10
The James River Yarn Crawl collector enamel pin retails for $10
The James River Yarn Crawl / The Flying Needles sling bag retails for $10
The James River Yarn Crawl Cottontail Farms notions bag retails for $20
The Flying Needles notions box retails for $17


With all of the promotionals we are offering, no customer loyalty points will be accrued. Promotionals cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts.

All Show Specials start Sept. 17 and end Sept. 25. Any purchases made prior to the this date do not quailfy for show specials unless you purchased JRYC Exclusive Pre-orders.

All pre-orders made for any of the exclusives count toward accruing your swag. For all of you who have pre-ordered merchandise, please bring in your receipt with you for your pre-order so we can readily calculate how much swag you earn during your visit.

We so appreciate your business, but due to the number of people we expect, we will not be able to wind your beauties. Please plan to take your purchases with you and bring them back when you are ready to have them wound.

We will not be able to provide pattern support/Ravelry research.

Covid-19 Procedures

There will be uniform COVID restrictions in place at all of the shops.

  • Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.  If you don't have a mask, we'll have one for you.  
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and you are encouraged to use it.
  • All shops will also have a maximum limit on the number of shoppers that can be accommodated at any given time. When you arrive you may find a short wait before you can enter the shop. At The Flying Needles, if we are very busy, you will likely find a staff member outside maintaining a wait list to enter the shop.