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Spotlight on Business > Two arts and crafts stores find their niche

No matter the type of crafting project, it’s likely you’ll find what you’re looking for in White Rock. Los Alamos’ only suburb is home to two arts and crafts stores and each one offers something a little different; yet both shops offer a schedule of crafting classes for children and adults.


Warm Hearts Yarn moved into its new location by the Children’s Clinic last December. Owner Katie Brousseau originally created the shop in hopes of reviving interest in the fiber arts, especially in young people; and to create a sense of community, which she believes is a great part of the shop’s success. In fact, the recent move was a direct result of a need for classroom space to accommodate their ever-growing class schedule.

The shop also needed room to grow. In the larger space, the shop has expanded to include sewing and quilting supplies, fabric and more merchandise from local consigners; in addition, to high-quality fibers and knitting/crocheting supplies which set the store’s inventory apart.

The current schedule includes classes on knitting, crocheting and embroidery for both adults and children; and the shop is about to add sewing and quilting classes with a little help from Nicole Dunn, of the recently closed Dunn Quilting in Los Alamos. There is also an open classroom once a month where children, kindergarten through 6th grade, can receive assistance with on-going projects or just be inspired to create something new.

Just blocks away, Perch Paperie celebrated its official Grand Opening in January moving into the space formerly occupied by Warm Hearts Yarn. The shop offers supplies and equipment for scrapbooking, stamping, and mixed-media arts and crafts.

Owner Gloria Brehm’s retail background, a love for paper crafts, and passion for upcycling were motivating factors in opening the shop. Gloria recently left her position as Retail Manager with the Co-op Market to run Perch Paperie full-time.

Perch Paperie offers paper crafting classes, where children learn to make anything from funny straw mustaches to a googly-eyed monster bookmark. The shop also has a free “Ladies Night Out” twice a month for women who want to work on their crafting projects in a group setting.

Business information

Warm Hearts Yarn, 35 Rover Blvd., 672-2008,

Upcoming classes

• Weekly stitching group, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays,  free, bring your project and receive expert assistance or just be inspired.

• Open classroom for children (K-6), one Wednesday a month from 1:30-
3 p.m. Next class: March 13, call to reserve your space

There are a number of classes scheduled each month. Check the store’s website for details.

 Perch Paperie, 13 Sherwood Blvd., 672-8064, perchpaperie.com

Upcoming events

• Ladies night out, first and third Friday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Free, bring your crafting project and a snack to share

• Wednesday after school crafting classes , 1-2:30 p.m., $7 per child, features a new crafting project each week

-April M. Brown