The Red Thread

a yarn shop | a gathering place

The Red Thread Connects to New Owners

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“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance.

The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”



Warrenton, 22 May 2016 -  When D. Richard Embrey walked into The Red Thread yarn shop on S 5th Street in Warrenton at the end of April, he immediately liked the store and knew within a few days that he was going to buy it.


“It just felt right,” Richard said.


Richard and his wife Mary Lou officially took over the shop in early May, from Barbara Slaton, whose family will be relocating to Colorado. Slaton had owned the yarn shop since 2011 and had developed a large and loyal customer base that had come to rely on Slaton and love her shop for its wonderful and varied selection of yarns. The prospect of not being able to find a buyer before having to relocate was heartrending, when in walked Richard Embrey, who immediately connected with her and the shop through his appreciation for quality yarns and threads.


Richard has been crocheting for more than 40 years, tatting for four and half years, and within the past couple of years he has begun learning bobbin lace-making. Mary Lou, who also crochets, is the knitter in the family.


"My mom taught me how to crochet and knit when I was very young, so let's say about 50 years ago. I haven't done a lot of knitting lately but I plan to get back in the swing of things with the fabulous collection of yarns we sell,” Mary Lou said.


The grand re-opening of The Red Thread under new ownership will take place on Memorial Day weekend, 27 and 28 May. Several brands of in-stock yarn, as well as tools and supplies, will be offered at discounts ranging from 15% to 25% off the regular price. A trunk show will feature Dream in Color hand dyed yarns.


Starting in June, The Red Thread will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, except for Mondays when the shop is closed. Thursday evenings the shop stays open until 8 p.m. Sunday hours are 12 noon to 4 p.m.


Richard and Mary Lou plan to continue to offer classes.


More information on the new developments at The Red Thread may be found on the shop website at and on Facebook.


Contact: D. Richard Embrey or Mary Lou at or (540)  878 2039

This Week's Hours

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Hello, hello some fellers and mostly fellettes!

The Shop will be closed March 23rd - March 25th; which is today to Friday.  We will resume regular hours this Saturday, March 26th!

We hope to see you Saturday...but until then, have a wonderful rest of the week!!! :-)


New Year, New Projects!

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Dearest knitters, crocheters, and breathers, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year!  Although we spent the last days of 2015 untangling yarn (and maybe you did, too), we believe there is a silver thread in 2016! (;  We want you to join us this year as we make another orbit around the sun (and around our gathering table)!



Hope to see you soon!

-The Red Thread