Yarn and fiber arts shop opening on Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland

Yarn and fiber arts shop opening on Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland

Roberta Sproul will open her shop this month, fulfilling her lifelong dream of spreading her love of fiber arts. The site was formerly home to a gift shop. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

CUMBERLAND – When a “for rent” sign popped up outside the circa 1750 building at 3777 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland resident Roberta Sproul’s dream was set into motion.

This month, the vacant Colonial house, formerly home to several gift shops, will open its doors once more when Sproul opens Three Bags Full, a yarn and fiber arts shop offering classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, tatting, felting and more.

“I always loved this location. When I saw it was for rent, my retirement plan was solidified,” said Sproul, who recently retired from a 41-year career in information technology, setting plans in motion to open her own shop.

Sproul has been a fabric artist for most of her life, since she crafted a 7-foot scarf for her mother at age 10, and later crocheted her own prom dress.

Today she looks forward to teaching knitting and crocheting classes at the shop, which she hopes to open by July 29 with a grand opening celebration on Aug. 11. The classes, open to all crafters of all levels and abilities, will be offered in a space separate from the retail shop, in a front room of the building. Participants will be able to work at their own pace.

“I always wanted to share my love for and perpetuate the craft,” she said.

Sproul, who has more than six years’ experience teaching fiber arts in Massachusetts, said she hopes to create a social experience for those attending, forming “a little community in itself.”

“I’m anxious to make it an inviting place, where people feel welcome and feel comfortable asking questions,” she said.

The retail portion of Three Bags Full will stock all of the materials needed for popular fiber arts, including a variety of needles and tools for spinning, weaving and lace-making.

The store will open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.