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About Us

Material Needs has been established as a small business for 25 years and is located in the High Street in Burnham on Sea, parallel to the seafront.

We're a haberdashery, craft, and wool shop and are well known in the area to knitters, crocheters, dressmakers, embroiderers, and crafters alike as supplying a fantastic range of crafting resources. So whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting a new hobby, we'll have something for your next project.

Material Needs Haberdashery and Wool Shop in Burnham on Sea Shopfront

The business has been run by Nicky Garland and Nick Hebborn since 2016 and we are both passionate about developing our team and range of regular and innovative products. New products and ideas arrive almost daily, so check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for new products and ideas, and our website for product orders.


Our dedicated team includes…

...Sheena, Gaye, and Ellie, our apprentice, in the shop. All talented crafters themselves, they're always happy to help and provide advice when you need it.

...Cerin behind the scenes developing our website. If you notice something wrong, please let her know by emailing her at

...Barbara our knitting and crochet expert running our Knit and Natter groups on Wednesdays and Saturdays and delivering one to one knitting and crochet tuition by appointment.

...Gaye also running our sewing club on Tuesday evenings. 

...Hannah from Sew on and Mend providing our alterations and repairs service.

...Debbie making blinds and curtains.


Although we’re a small business, we believe in providing you with the best choice possible so that you can choose what’s best for your project and budget. That’s why we have the largest range of knitting and crochet yarns, patterns and accessories, fabrics and haberdashery in Somerset. So if you're crafting to sell, to give a gift, or simply to take a break and relax, we'll have a great choice for you.

Balls of Aran Weight Wool / Yarn arranged in cube displays

Our ranges include yarns and patterns from King Cole, Rico, West Yorkshire Spinners, Sirdar, Stylecraft, Bergere de France, James C Brett, Wendy, Peter Pan and Wool and the Gang.  We have fabrics from Moda, Tilda, Liberty, Timeless Treasures, Michael Miller, Nutex, Riley Blake, Stella and many more.

We have sewing patterns from Simplicity, New Look, Butterick, McCalls, Tilly and the Buttons, Liberty and Merchant and Mills.


We also stock a wide range of fabric basics, including plain cotton, ripstop, waterproof fabrics, polycottons, linens, jersey, sweatshirt fabrics, calico, craft fabrics, and a range of curtain fabrics.

 Tubes of colourful, individually sold buttons

Our haberdashery ranges offer everything from Gutermann and Madeira threads, needles and sewing basics to scissors and curtain making. We also have several thousand (yep, we really mean thousands) different buttons to choose from and they’re sold individually so you can buy the number you actually need.


We are open seven days a week, so pay us a visit in person or through our website and Facebook pages to find your next project.


Company Information

Material Needs (Burnham) Limited
79 High Street
Burnham on Sea

Company Registration Number: 09589486

VAT Number: GB244322924

Telephone: 01278 794751


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