As some of you may know, fibre space regular Kalle is about to open Stitch Sew Shop, right around the corner — in our old location at 102 N. Fayette St. We are ecstatic for her endeavor and because we love our local businesses and LOVE crafting, we wanted to get you the inside scoop on the new “Make Space”!
Kalle, who took a (brief!) break from the whirlwind surrounding the new shop opening, explained that she decided to open the shop because she’s always been a crafter — “everything from cross stitch, to knitting, to sewing, and lots of other crafty endeavors. When my oldest child was a baby, I started quilting, and that lead to sewing clothes for her, which led to sewing clothes for myself.”
She moved to Old Town nearly 3 years ago and has “fallen in love with the area – the charm, the history, the uniqueness.”
Kalle points out that it’s also quickly becoming a destination for crafters of all kinds. With the opening of Stitch Sew Shop, there are supplies and instruction for beading, sewing and fiber arts — all within a block’s walk! (Crafters: Join us in celebrating that fact at our first annual Old Town Craft Walk on May 14!)
So what makes Stitch Sew Shop unique? “We source quality fabrics, patterns, tools, and notions from all over the world,” she said. “With a focus on natural fibers, our fabrics are perfect for garment sewing. We stock an enormous selection of patterns from independent designers.”
The shop focuses on garment sewing, but carries some quilting tools and fabrics.
“Many of the tools & fabrics used for quilting can also be used in garment sewing, so there’s some crossover there,” Kalle said.
As a very beginning sewist (not “sewer” — say that out loud!) — and one who is personally very excited to check out the class schedule when it is released mid-May (more information below) — I asked Kalle for recommendations on what basics you should stock in your sewing kit. And, perhaps more importantly, what type of project should you start with?
She said: “A good beginning sewing kit should have nice pair of fabric shears (to be used ONLY on fabric!), sharp pins, measuring tape, seam ripper, marking tool, and hand sewing needle (at the very least!).
“For a beginning project, I’d suggest something with straight seams, and nothing overly complicated — nothing more frustrating than not being able to finish a project. I find it best to be easy on yourself, take your time, and have fun with it!”
The class schedule will be released mid-May, with classes starting in June. Stitch Sew Shop will offer everything from very beginner classes — for someone who hasn’t ever sat in front of a machine — to project specific classes, as well as series of classes. They also will have classes on embroidery, sewing for kids, and “lots of other good stuff!” Kalle said. (Regarding teaching quilting: “If the community expresses an interest, I’m open to it!”)
The shop’s first event will be the Weekend Workshop June 3-5, featuring guest “sewlebrity” Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Patterns. Said Kalle: “It will be an amazing weekend, and I’m so excited for it, and for all of the Weekend Workshops I’ve got lined up!”
Kalle plans to host several community building events starting in May. Be sure to join the community at www.stitchsewshop.com to stay informed of news and events!