On The Road Seattle & Puyallup, WA

Beth Bradley

This month the Sew News editors are traveling to Puyallup, WA for the annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo. As we scope out the latest products, techniques and trends, we hope to see you there too! If you get the chance to explore Puyallup and the surrounding area, tear out this guide of local sewing must-sees to stow in your carry-on bag.

PUYALLUP IS LOCATED about 35 miles south of Seattle, a city famous not only for the rainy weather and a certain ubiquitous coffee purveyor, but also for its serious creative bent. Before you head down to Puyallup, take some time to stroll through Seattle's picturesque neighborhoods and lively markets for some great finds. Once you arrive at the Expo and get inspired, gear up with supplies to take home from Puyallup's fabric hot spots as well.

Seattle's downtown Capitol Hill district is home to a vibrant, diverse community of students, artists and longtime residents. Local Amy Ellsworth observed the recent spike in sewing and crafting interest and wanted to provide the neighborhood with its own unique resource for fabrics and supplies. So she opened Stitches, a funky new store specializing in beautiful silks, cute retro print cottons and hard-to-find stretch vinyl, as well as yarn and useful notions.

Not too far away in the Belltown neighborhood is the friendly and well-stocked boutique So Much Yarn, a lovely haven for knitting, crocheting and fiber art enthusiasts.

Before you say goodbye to Seattle, explore the landmark Pike Place Market that overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront. You'll find a huge farmer's market, antiques, original crafts and family-owned restaurants. Be sure to see the famous "flying fish" of the Pike Place Fish Market, where workers toss the catch of the day to each other with amazing precision.

Once you make your way to Puyallup, drop by the Quilt Barn to chat with the helpful staff about your latest ideas. This shop has been in business for over 25 years, providing the area with quilting fabrics, patterns and books at great prices, not to mention free expert advice.

Also worth checking out in Puyallup is Pacific Fabrics & Crafts. This mecca of sewing and crafting supplies has seven locations throughout Washington, each one customized to the needs of its particular region. The Puyallup location has an enormous selection of fashion, quilting and home-dec fabric and notions for any project imaginable. At the Seattle outlet, you can save big on remnants, closeouts and discontinued fabrics and patterns. It's the perfect place to look for something special to take home after your Northwestern sewing adventure. Z

The Sew News editors will be at booth #201 from February 28 to March 2 at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo
, so please drop by and chat with us! If you can't make it to Puyallup, we'd still love to hear from you. Give us the details of your favorite sewing destinations at sewnews@sewnews.com. Or write to On the Road/Sew News, 741 Corporate Circle, Ste. A, Golden, CO 80401.

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