On The Road Austin, TX

Beth Bradley

Clippings

When I'm traveling, I love stopping by local fabric and trim stores to dig for unexpected finds. The minute I walk in, the instant camaraderie we sewers share always makes me feel right at home. "On the Road" will clue you in to these hidden gems, as well as other fun events and must-sees.

On The ROAD AUSTIN, TX
Beth Bradley


With notable native sewers, such as embroidery queen Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching along with the other sassy seamstresses of the Austin Craft Mafia (now featured on the DIY network series Stylelicious),Austin, TX is a town that's really helped make sewing hip. Its easygoing atmosphere and flourishing arts and crafts scene make it a perfect first stop for "On the Road." Treasures abound in Austin's unique shops and neighborhoods. Make sure to check out the cool South Congress district (SoCo for short) south of Town Lake. There, you'll find Craft-O-Rama, a colorful and inviting space featuring a selection of adorable printed cotton fabrics by Amy Butler and other designers, as well as notions, trims and tools to assist you with any project you could possibly dream up. The store also has a Sewing Lounge, a section of knitting and embroidery supplies and a great collection of ready-made items by local artisans. It's conveniently located behind Amy's Ice Cream, an Austin staple where you can satisfy your sweet tooth after a hard day of shopping with delectable homemade flavors like Mexican Vanilla or Key Lime Pie.

Also of note on South Congress is the amazing antiques mall Uncommon Objects. Spend hours browsing this maze of one-of-a-kind collectibles and find beautiful fabrics to salvage from the impressive array of vintage garments. Off the beaten path, you'll discover even more great sewing destinations. Silk Road is located north of town in an old stone house, and specializes in unusual natural textiles including beautiful beaded silk chiffon and embroidered doupioni. They also have an extensive collection of glass, bone, shell and wood buttons that you won't see elsewhere. Ginger's Needle-crafts and Framing is a popular, welcoming neighborhood store that carries everything you need for any type of needlework or quilting project, as well as hard-to-find fabric and embellishments. If you're lucky enough to visit Austin in April, don't miss the outdoor Austin Fine Arts Festival downtown, featuring 220 artists and plenty of entertainment and activities for families. And in November, be sure to hit Stitch, a craft bazaar celebrating Austin's vibrant community of independent designers.

 

Appeared in:

Jan/Feb 2008 Issue

Post a comment
To comment on this article you must be logged in. Not a member?

USER COMMENTS

Test Comment Subject Line
hard-to-find fabric and embellishments. If you're lucky enough to visit Austin in April, don't miss the outdoor Austin Fine Arts Festival downtown, featuring 220 artists and plenty of entertainment and activities for families. And in November, be sure to hit Stitch, a craft bazaar celebrating Austin's vibrant

Login:

Forgot password?
 
© F+W All rights reserved.