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Urban Girl Yarns Founder- Shelia Anderson
About Me: Shelia Anderson
I dipped my toe into the world of Indie Dyeing over 6 years ago and I have never looked back. I started knitting when I was 6 years old and I thought there was nothing else that could bring me such joy, until I mixed the dye and stood in the glow of the fumes. All the pretty colors had me hooked. Now whenever I see a sweater, shawl, or any knitted/crocheted item I start to visualize different color combinations and possibilities.

I started dyeing fiber in my small kitchen. Then I moved a few pots and a steamer to the backyard. Once winter set in it got really cold going out to the porch to stir the pots. I know have a dye studio in Ashland Virginia and 3 helpers or Minions, as they like to be called. Urban Girl Yarns has grown from selling to a few local yarn shops in Virginia to providing Wholesale to over 15 LYS and counting around the United States. I have fortunate that I got to attended a few of the large Fiber Festivals such as Stitches and Vogue. I’m ready to raise the bar to whatever is next. This year 2022 I will be vending at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and H & H Americas in Chicago. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

I am known for dyeing rich dark colors, but recently I started doing some of the subtle soft colors. I have been featured in over 4 books and many designers have selected my yarn as their go to fiber for their project. I have not retired yet, from my full-time job. This is a running joke as to how many hours can I actually put into one day, but soon, I will be devoting all my time to fiber. I work hard to attempt to bring you the quality and quantity of awesome fiber that you have come to love. I have a small support team that does so much to help me provide you with a great product. If there is ever a problem or concern I hope you will contact us and allow us to rectify the issue. We know how we feel when we get squishy yarn and we don’t want to disappoint.

Looking forward to providing you with top quality yarns for your next great work of art.
Michelle Coffey – Knitter, Crocheter, Spinner

My mother taught me to knit as a child, but she didn’t know how to correct mistakes. Once I dropped a stitch, it was all over, so it really didn’t take at the time. I learned to crochet granny squares from a family friend I used to babysit for. After her son went to sleep, I’d make squares for her scrap afghans while watching TV. As an adult, I taught myself to follow patterns and crocheted happily for many years. About 12 years ago, my mom and I were spending a lot of time together as she underwent chemo and radiation treatments. She suggested we refresh my knitting skills to pass the time. In the age of the internet, I found all the support I needed and my skills took off! The time spent knitting with my mother was a precious investment. I took a class at a local yarn shop and stepped up my knitting skills and what do you know: I saw a drop spindle class and took that, too! From there, it was only a short drop down the rabbit hole of spinning. I now have 4 wheels (2 functioning) and a crowd of spindles. My favorite things are knitting lace with beads, and the color yellow. I have a brag board of ribbons from the State Fair of Virginia, National Arts in the Hospitals, and Montpelier Fiber Festival. My husband is my chief enabler. He often attends fiber events with me and encourages all my shenanigans. One day at the farmer’s market, he grabbed me by the shoulders, turned me around, and gave me a firm push toward Shelia’s booth. Not one of us suspected that would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship! I truly enjoy watching Shelia’s genius come forth. I love winding yarn and organizing, so I do things in the studio to help maximize her time making colors sing!
Urban Girl Yarns- Michelle Coffey
Urban Girl Yarns- Renee Cheatham Ingraham
Renee Cheatham Ingraham

I am Renee Ingram Cheatham, the second member of Team Urban Girl Yarns. I love knitting so much. I spend my time knitting a lot of shawls as they are my love and passion. I have started testing knitting for some Indie Designers and I think I have found my passion.

I support Shelia in every manner possible. I do a lot of the Administrative and background work, of which there is a lot to running a successful operation. I consider her my big sister and I will go wherever she leads.

I also knit a lot of the shawl samples. I have a little dog named Scarlet who is the the team mascot and loves belly rubs. She comes by the shop and follows us around until she decides she’s through and sits in her basket.

I love fiber, color, life, laughter and all things UrbanGirlYarns. I am Renee Ingram Cheatham.
Anne Heirholzer – Knitter, Crocheter, Spinner
Urban Girl Yarns- Anne Heirholzer
Phone: 804-687-5411 | Email: info@urbangirlyarns.com | Address: 10962 Richardson Rd. Suite F. Ashland, VA 23005