“Go Knit Something!”
Northampton Wools was opened in 1981, offering classes and selling all things yarn.
Forty-three years later and our store has seen many changes and countless customers. Our passion is still present in everything we do.
There’s nothing we love more than sharing our love of needlework with our community.
We hope we get to do the same with you soon, as well.
Behind the Seams
Linda Daniels, the owner of Northampton Wools, has designs that have been featured in Interweave Knits, For Love of Knitting, and in the movies Cider House Rules and Perfect Stranger. Linda is a featured designer for Plymouth Yarn. We are proud to have a collection of her work in store that is constantly being added to and updated.
We repair hand knit and machine knit garments.
We also repair crochet fabric.
We do not repair woven fabric.
All items, especially those damaged from moths MUST BE CLEANED BEFORE entering our store.
If you are unsure if you have moth damage, call us at (413) 586-4331
and we will meet you outside the store for a consultation.
If your item needs to be repaired due to wear and tear such as seams, cuffs, elbows, that is not moths.
However, items can have both types of damage so please check for moth damage.
If we detect moth damage, we will kindly ask you to bring it back cleaned.
We want you to win the battle against the moths.
The following tips will help!
First, look for signs of moth damage:
1. If it is the first time you are taking a sweater out for the season and you notice holes that weren't there when you put it away, these are moth holes.
2. Small, white cobwebby bits or white tube cocoons
3. Holes only down the chest of a sweater
4. Sandy grit near holes.
(Shake sweater over a white sheet to see if any grit falls out. If so, wash that sweater and that sheet!)
If you don't clean the sweater, moths will never stop creating more holes.
Ways to clean your sweater:
- Soak in a bath of Eucalan wash for 45 minutes, rinse once without agitating fabric, lay flat to dry
- Dry Clean
When to clean your sweater:
- After wearing during a meal
- Before putting in storage
- After you first notice the moth holes
- Before bringing it in for repair
If you don't clean the moth damaged sweater and bring it into our store you are compromising our merchandise, and we will not be able to take in your repair until it has been cleaned.
If you are nervous that cleaning near a hole will make the hole bigger, consider this:
When we close a hole, we use the surrounding area to secure the fix. If the surrounding area is soiled, we are essentially trapping food that the moths will find, resulting in another hole.
It is a courtesy to the person repairing your sweater to give them a clean garment.
So, how to prevent moths?
Over decades of experience, we have found that traps are the only way to stop the moth life cycle.
The traps we use and find to be the best are Bug MD Clothes Moths Boss. These are non-toxic and "made with potent pheromones that attract moths like a magnet and once they land in the trap, they're immediately stuck in PermaGlue." Trapping the adults prevents them from laying larvae that then eat any food in the fabric and the wool in that area.
The only concern for an adult moth is to lay eggs. They are attracted to animal fiber, anything with keratin, and also sweat and food. If you put up a trap and catch the adults, you can assume that they have already had time to lay larvae in any animal fiber fabric in the storage or nearby area. By cleaning the fabric, you will get rid of the larvae so that no new adults will grow. Your moth eradication will be more effective if you then thoroughly deep clean the storage area. Clear out the space to find any hidden cocoons in corners or cracks. Vacuum out any grit. Put up a fresh trap. Wipe down any wood with cedar oil.
Any sort of herbal sachet and cedar oil must be very fresh in order to be effective. Replace often. Once a month or so.
A cedar chest loses its effectiveness as the oil dissipates over time. If an item was in a cedar chest and got moth damage follow these steps: Empty chest, thoroughly vacuum especially corners and seams to get out any cocoons and grit. Wash all items that were in the chest to ensure no larvae remains. Reapply cedar oil to the chest. You may also want to check each join and lid fit to ensure a good seal.
Any sort of storage container that is "air-tight" but has "seams" like between the lid on a plastic bin, the moths can get in. When storing items in containers with lids you can apply strong tape to entire seam. We strongly recommend you put a Bug MD pheromone trap inside the storage container just in case.
We are happy to answer any further questions you may have!
For the first small hole or pull on an item: $14
For each additional small hole/pull on same item: $2
Example: We charge $20 for a sweater with 4 small holes
Neck Lines or Cuffs: $12 - $18
Simple Seams: $12/seam
For one large hole requiring a patch of any kind (inside patch, knitted-up patch, or leather patch)
$16 - $26 depending on the size and intricacy of the hole.
This does not include the price of the leather patches which are $11 per pair
Sometimes these prices will be adjusted up or down depending on the amount of time the repair takes, but this is a guideline.