For the past four years, there has been a serious party going on. I am sad to say, I have been missing out on some very fun times. Fortunately, the party is far from over. Did I mention this is a CRAFT party? To be specific, a sewing party, and the ladies at Stitch Lab are the hostesses with the mostest.
Before I get into how easily excited I am by large stockpiles of craft supplies, let me give you the particulars about Stitch Lab. Located at 1000 S. 1st St, the building is one of several converted 1920’s bungalow houses painted in a pastel rainbow pallet, re-purposed by local businesses. Ample parking was available on my weekday morning visit, though I could imagine it being tighter during class times. Entering through the backdoor, I received a welcome, but I could barely manage a response. I was surrounded by pretty things!
The interior of Stitch Lab looks like a cozy home, with all the rooms dedicated to the various necessities that might be required for several years’ worth of craft projects. Rooms of buttons and thread open onto rooms of felt and fabric. The small packed rooms encourage meticulous browsing. If you don’t look carefully, you might miss out on your next dream project!
Standout selections from my inaugural browse: an overwhelming stock of bright novelty prints, a charming selection of sewing notions, and the largest variety of felt colors I have seen anywhere. Keep in mind, I have a fabric addiction that is well maintained.
Stitch Lab would be the perfect locale for a day of craft bonding with a friend. But with the holidays fast approaching, it may be best kept as a secret gift source. If selecting the perfect color or fabric is too personal a decision, a Stitch Lab Gift Certificate is sure to be well received. My favorite item was a pre-made gift bag of sewing necessities, perfect for a teen about to embark on their first major pattern, or an expert tailor who is always misplacing their seam ripper!
Stitch Lab was created out of necessity. Founder Leslie Bonnell was offering sewing classes out of her home and couldn’t keep up with the demand! The classroom space in Stitch Lab provides a solution, with offerings ranging from Sewing 101 to specific project courses. I am looking forward to testing our their online scheduling system for a much needed refresher course on zipper installation.
In addition to the classes and supplies, Stich Lab also provides service and repair for your sewing machine. Don’t have a machine yet? Their website has a helpful guide to help you on your search. In fact, their site has hours worth of sewing help. Take a peek!
Too busy to stop by to browse the fabrics? Take a virtual peek through their Flickr album, where fabric selection is regularly updated.
Of course, I couldn’t resist adding to my fabric collection on my first visit to Stitch Lab. Feel free to challenge me for a progress report in the comments section!
What sort of crafting do you enjoy?