On The Road Washington, D.C.

Beth Bradley

While you're brushing up on U.S. history at the country's most important sites, be sure to make time to enhance your sewing education as well.
Stroll through Washington D.C.'s many picturesque neighborhoods to find excellent sources of inspiration and goodies to take home. You'll be proud to be an American and a sewer!

Washington, D.C.

Beth Bradley 

The whole country is on the edge of its seat waiting to see who'll be the next resident of the most famous house in Washington D.C.-but we've found another reason to turn our attention to our nation's capitol. With amazing museums, fascinating history and tons of fabric resources, D.C. gets our vote as a great sewing destination!

Take the Metro to Union Station in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Here you'll not only find powerful civic attractions, such as the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, but plenty of fun shopping to be done.

Working hard to make D.C. the "district of crafts" is Ipso Crafto, a cute fabric and craft shop located in the close-knit Barracks Row section of Capitol Hill. Owner Karen Cormondy opened Ipso Crafto to provide urbanites with a friendly local source for unique fabric, notions, trims and tools. Pick out something special from the latest Free Spirit prints and a huge selection of embroidery floss.

While you're in Barracks Row, stop by Stitch DC-conveniently located right near Ipso Crafto-to ogle the stunning selection of colorful yarn and fiber. You might even catch the yarn bug and want to start crocheting a cozy fall scarf on the plane ride home.

Zip over to the DuPont Circle/Kalorama area, another D.C. niche filled with charming restaurants, shops and museums. Not to be missed by any fabricoholic is the Textile Museum, housed in two beautiful historic buildings. The museum has over 18,000 textile objects that span 5,000 years, dating from 3,000 B.C. to the present. Don't depart without a paying a visit to the gift shop!

Not too far away is a truly "exquisite" resource for fashion fabric. Make your way to Exquisite Fabrics, home to an impressive collection of high-quality silk and cashmere, hard-to-find buttons and gorgeous trim. If you're lucky, you'll catch one of their amazing sales.

Another hidden gem is Seven Powers of Africa, a small fabric shop carrying unique mudcloth and batik as well as handmade gifts and garments.
If your shopping appetite still isn't satiated, get off the train at the Friendship Heights Metro station. This trendy neighborhood is great for window-shopping. If you're into needlepoint, or even a bit curious, drop in on The Point of it All, a much-loved needlepoint destination known for their beautiful custom canvases.

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