Established in August 2008, Camp Wool is a retail wool store with a mission to find you the best quality wool, patterns and products to meet your rug hooking, pennyrug, cross stitch, needle punch and braiding needs! We offer a huge selection of hand-dyed and bolt wool with an emphasis on textured wool for primitive designs. We carry a large selection of hand dyed floss and pearl cotton and hundreds of patterns for penny rugs and punchneedle and general needlework projects.
If you are interested in learning to hook or any of the other crafts we support, we offer classes all year round with a variety of teachers for all skill levels. With so much to see here at the store and in our beautiful surroundings here in Milbridge, you just might want to spend the day. We would love to see you!
Announcement May 6, 2021
Hello to all!
We are grateful to all of you that have been stopping in and saying Goodbye or Till We Meet Again in Milbridge! Only a few weeks and we will be closing here in Kennebunk on Saturday, May 22 (note: open till 4:00 PM that day). We have a few important things to share about the new location! Here are a few very important highlights:
Our Grand Opening Date in Milbridge will be Wednesday, June 23rd at 10:00 AM
Note: Information to follow for fun events during our first open week!!!
Our new open days of the week will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (THIS IS A BIG CHANGE!)
Our hours will be the same: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.
New Open Sew Opportunities! Book your dates NOW!!!
We will have a MUCH larger area for class room and open sew space in our new location. This means you and friends can join us any day we are open to spend the day or days working on your various projects. There are no rules on what you work on; the space will have upright comfy chairs for hooking, flat tables for applique, lots of outlets for sewing machines …. You get the idea whatever you want!!! Here are the details.
How many people?
For now with COVID rules we can seat up to 12 people!
What does it cost?
Cost: $10 a day per person ($5 to store and $5 to local animal shelter)
When can I book?
Dates: Any non-class dates are available. Note: we will not be offering many formal classes during the heart of summer so virtually all store open dates are eligible.
How do I reserve the space?
Simply call us at the store! Let us know your preferred dates and we will call you back to confirm! Please note that reserved Saturdays will require a deposit based on head count.
How many days can we reserve?
As many as you want!!! This is a great opportunity to get away and spend time with your friends!!!!
What about food?
We have a full size fridge in the building. Coffee and tea are always available and we are surrounded by 3 restaurants that will we be able to order lunch from!!! OR bring your own treats and enjoy!!!
What about a place to stay?
We have a great local motel called the Red Barn Motel that has generously agreed to additional discounts when you reserve mentioning Camp Wool. See the Around Milbridge page in the Visit Us section in our website for more details on how you can save up to 15% off base room rates!!!
What other places/locations can we consider visiting when we come up to the store?
Please see our new “Visit Us” tab on our website for more information on places to shop/stay and enjoy on your way up north!!! We will be adding more information over the next several weeks for you to look at and plan your next trip!
Now In: We are now carrying the full line of Classic Colorworks Threads!!! Come in and get what you need!!!
Those are the important updates but more to follow regarding our opening week and how to reach us at the new location!!!
Take care and we can’t wait to see you up north!!
Important Announcement March 3, 2021
As many of you know our building was for sale. The new owner has other ideas for the space thus we are needing to make new decisions. So many things have changed in the world as you are all aware, and our business has been negatively impacted like so many other small businesses. It has meant a lot of soul searching and deliberations. In the end, we remain optimistic that there is a future for retail and that COVID will eventually be conquered. So……
Camp Wool will be relocating!
Happily, we have decided to remain open. We are moving the business to a location far away from Kennebunk. We will be opening a new and improved (believe it or not) even larger version of Camp Wool to the Downeast town of Milbridge, ME. As a few of you know, this is an area we have vacationed for 20 plus years and several years ago bought a summer cottage. We love the area and as we ease into our later years of life, this is a beautiful spot in Maine that we wish to call home.
New Store Location: Milbridge, ME | Open Date June 23
The new location is the prior home of Seaworthy Event Center located at 23 Main St. (Rt. 1) Milbridge, ME. The building is 4,200 Square feet. It is a beautiful, safe, clean, well maintained space with a fantastic area for classes/open sews and tons of room for merchandise located right in the heart of this lovely seaside village. We will continue to carry all our wonderful products with intentions of expanding in a few areas as well and as always, we will also have a spot for antiques. We will start preparing the building soon, so our hope is to have only a small gap in service between the old store closing and the new one opening. However, it is still a little early for us to choose a specific open date at the new location. We have lots to move as you all know, and we want it to look its best when we reopen. Milbridge is a quaint seaside town only a ½ hour from Ellsworth and a few more miles to Bar Harbor. Nearby Winter Harbor and Corea Maine have many beautiful spots to shop and walk beautiful beaches. Our new location has many wonderful restaurants within walking distance, places to stay, a large grocery store and wonderful gift shop called the River Lily. We will post to face book and our website many fun local attractions as we get closer to the transition. We hope all of us will have the ability to travel as the year progresses and that you will have time to make a fun day trip up to this beautiful part of Maine!
Impacts to the Current Store and Timing:
Camp Wool will be closing here in Kennebunk. Our last day open is set for Saturday, May 22nd. Nothing will really change at the store until the store is closed so you still have time to shop at our current location. We are still fully stocked and continue to get new merchandise in right up to closing. We will just be moving the merchandise to the new and larger location. We may offer a few more discounted patterns but that will likely be the only impact. Classes will keep going through April and store hours will remain the same. Gift cards can be used here or at the new location and/or mail order.
My Reflections and Heartfelt Thanks:
When I started this business 13+ years ago in Wells, ME as a small rug hooking business, I had never dreamed that it would become the business it is today. But it has grown and grown because of all of you; our wonderful customers who encouraged us, gave us great suggestions and let us know what you were looking for. So many of you have followed us through the journey and supported us and we can’t thank you enough. I am so passionate about helping people find and grow their creative pursuits. It truly feeds the soul and WE ALL NEED THAT. Our projects give us peace, lower our blood pressure, comfort us when we are grieving and simply help us to cope and enjoy the journey of life and the pleasures of creating.
My sincere hope is that we are able to meet up again, continue our journey together at the new location, but if the journey is too far, I understand and hope that you will retain fond memories of your visits to our store. If you are able, I hope we can say goodbye in person prior to our move, but if not, I wish you much happiness in your creative pursuits.
Much love and my heartfelt thanks to all of you. Till we meet again.
LeAnn and Mark
A Note from LeAnn
I discovered my love for wool and rug hooking about 25 years ago. It started innocently enough. I was going to take a quilt class but while waiting at the store to sign up I spotted a small cupboard full of wool, some patterns and a few hooked samples. A sign indicated that they were going to have a class on “rug hooking”. I had no clue what “rug hooking” was all about as being from the Midwest all I had ever seen was wool blankets, not rugs! Well, I signed up and after the first 10 minutes I was truly “hooked”. I bought my next pattern that night and finished it the next day and I was off!
With the support of my wonderful husband Mark and very dear friends I have realized a dream to pursue my love for wool! I know there are many of you out there also “hooked” or would love to learn. We hope you can stop by and share in our mutual passions to create with wool! If you do, please consider bringing your work … we would love to see it!
LeAnn Hodgson, Camp Director
Mark Hodgson, Camp Counselor