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About Us

Sconch is an online and 'bricks and mortar' retailer of yarn, patterns, accessories, books, and needles.

Founded by Sam Conway at the beginning of 2011, Sconch started life creating bespoke home furnishings and stylish crocheted accessories.  After struggling to find a supplier that combined the convenience of online shopping with the personal service of going to a local store, she decided to set up shop herself.  Combining a strong social media presence with the convenience of an online shop ensures Sconch is able to provide a personal service to each of their customers.  Whether it is colour matching to an existing project, photographing different yarns together to ensure you get the perfect combination of colours, or just being on hand to discuss your lastest yarn obsession, Sconch is here to help.

Sconch stocks products from many of the leading brands of yarns, all available for same day despatch. We are on hand seven days a week to deliver an unbeatable level of personal service.

Sconch may not be the biggest (yet!) but aims to be the best for service and price.

You can keep up to date with the adventures at Sconch HQ (including the tales of the long suffering Mr Sconch and the little Sconchlet!) on the blog or by following our Facebook page, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter feed.  Just click on the tab at the top of the page for the blog or the Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter buttons at the bottom of the page.

Or why not pop in and see us at Blake House Craft Centre? We are open Tuesday to Sunday every week!




The boss…

Sam has been crafting for as long as she can remember, and is a crochet (and now knitting!), cross stitch, and felting addict. Often to be found dancing round the shop (normally a sign she has been doing accounts or website updates for too long), she is passionate about colour, yarn, and teaching. You can find the inner workings of her soul on the Facebook page and blog...

Sam - the boss...


Amanda - the Ninja Knitter


The ninja knitter...

Amanda is well known for her unnatural speeds with both knitting and crochet, churning out whole garments in a weekend...she's also a dab hand at repairing damaged work! In addition to working in the shop, Amanda teaches a range of our classes, although she specialises in knitting and crochet.



The Ravelry queen...

Terri loves to knit but is unable to stick with many projects long enough to finish them, hence her large collection of WIPs and overflowing craft room! When not serving customers or stacking shelves, Terri is usally adding new patterns to the ever increasing list in her Ravelry favourites and queue.

Terri - the Ravelry queen...




The one who makes pompoms...

Robyn is a keen fibre artist. We will update this profile once we get to know her better!



The craft addict...

Jenni is completely addicted to all things craft related and is always looking for new ideas. As well as being a keen knitter and crocheter, she is also our in house 'bag lady' (tee hee!) under the name HalfDoneJen. You can see her products here: 
Jenni - the yarn addict...


Hugh - the one who fixes things...


The one who fixes things...

Hugh is Sam’s long suffering husband and is in charge of all things website and photography based. He is also a Physics teacher in his 'spare' time during the day…



Anni - Knitting

Hand knit designer Anni Howard is joining us in the spring to teach various classes. Anni’s designs have been published in books and magazines and by commercial yarn companies. She has also collaborated with independent yarn dyers and she sells her patterns through Ravelry. She designs from her studio in Colchester, Essex. Loves: sheep and alpacas. Also loves: teaching other knitters to take their skills to the next level.




Michele - Spinning, Yarn Dyeing and Kumihimo

Michele's great loves are spinning and dyeing, but also dabbles in many other crafts, and can often be seen modelling her own hand dyed, hand spun and hand knitted garments! She gives talks and workshops all around Essex, Herts and Suffolk and is a member of the West Essex & East Herts Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

Jane - Macramé

Jane loves everything handmade. She finds inspiration from all sorts of crafts and has tried a huge variety such as barbering, curtain making, floristry, upholstery, painting, balloon art, glass painting, painting furniture ,the list goes on... Jane finds Macramé to be a very relaxing craft and can't wait to help you learn this .



Legal Stuff:

Proprietor: Samantha Conway t/a Sconch

Address: Unit 15abc, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, nr Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA

Telephone: 01376 743 123


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