If your sewing skills drift from garments to quilts to crafts, you will enjoy stepping into Sew Creative in Ashland, Oregon. Since I have a love for sewing garments, I have chosen to let others perfect the quilting skills while I continue to master fabric manipulation on the human form. That being said, I find myself drawn to quilt stores in my travels because I love the merchandising, colors, quilts on display, kits for sale and being in a sewing related environment. It helps if the quilt stores carry any drapey rayons or garment-ish fabrics. Sometimes there is a cotton I can’t resist. There is also the tug to support the smaller, locally owned shops in some way if I can.
Don’t you love that modern square quilt? How about the one on the wall? I truly appreciate the time, artistry and perseverance to complete beautiful quilts of all kinds. I think I have mentioned my impatient nature in previous posts which means that I love to whip up a quick tee or dress to scratch that immediate gratification itch.
Also on Main Street in Ashland was a fabric store called Fabric of Vision. It is closed now at the time of this writing and I’m bummed. It was a great store featuring garment fabrics, patterns and notions and beautifully merchandised. The owner closed it in January 2016. I won’t post the pictures I had because it makes me sad and I would be torturing you with a place you can’t visit anymore. Instead, I will move on to another fabrics store, L’Etoffe Fabrics located in Springfield, Oregon near Eugene. The Contact page provides a map.
Here, Ina (pronounced Eena) and mom are enjoying the feel of luscious, imported fabrics. Ina was warm and welcoming and willing to share her story with us. Ina has a background in fashion design and wanted a change. She teaches classes and manages the many details of the store. Lining the walls are imported fabrics, displays with independent patterns, classes and sample garments to tempt sewists.
Mom could not help herself…she had to buy some beautiful herringbone fabric for a jacket. Anther project to add to the list! I picked out an Italian rayon that had my favorite colors in it (post to follow). Ina wrote a great article about how women confess secrets to her about their fabric stashes on her blog here.
While we were there, Sandy Ericson, the producer of Center for Pattern Designwebsite, dropped by. Sandy provides a wealth of information on her site to further develop pattern designing skills. Videos and free resources are just a click away.
So there you have it. Oregon destinations worth your time. If you didn’t get a chance to read about my time with Diane Ericson (no relation to Sandy Ericson that I know of) click here to read my previous post. These Oregon ladies are talented, welcoming and knowledgeable.
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