|The Needle Shop|
The Needle Shop sells beautiful fabrics donned with squids, skulls, squirrels, sweet mid-century designs that you can't find anywhere else in Chicago. Designers such as Amy Butler, Alexander Henry, Kaffe Fasset, and Heather Morris are showcased in the cascading rolls of fabric that elegantly spill off the walls. You can take these fabrics home and DYI 'til your heart's content or you can take them downstairs and work with them in one of their many sewing classes ranging from Sewing 101 to upholstery projects. Yeah, I know, how awesome is that?
|Sweet fabric from TNS! The magazine holder is inspired by Lotta Jansdotter.|
I've taken sewing 101, the raglan sleeve top, the wristlet, and zipper skirt classes over the past couple years, and I can't really explain the satisfaction that I get from walking out of a class with a beautifully constructed project. Rachel and her staff are patient, kind, funny, and have all the secret tips that have saved me from shedding more than a few tears. My mother can contest to my early years of sewing and crying. . . before The Needle Shop they seemed inevitably destined to be together. Check out some of my TNS projects. . .
|Pillows (turquoise) made in Sewing 101 (they have zippers (and it wasn't that hard)).|
|Raglan Sleeve Top|
|Wristlets for Christmas presents|
|Wristlet and Make-up Bag made in class|
Oh oh, and did I mention that if you sign up for one of their classes in the month of March they will take $10 off? No I didn't, you should do that too. The class doesn't even have to be in March, just purchased then. So anyway, make your way to 2054 W Charleston this weekend and be inspired and purchase some fabric for your first (or next) sewing class or project. If you don't live in Chicago, no problem, check out their Etsy shop. You're also welcome to crash at my place.
I've got my eye on the new wrap dress pattern by Colette. I'm also thinking I need to make another zippered skirt in some sort of springy fabric. In any case, look forward to some sewing posts from this here Test-Nester. . .it's been a while, huh?