There's a gem of a fabric store in Lincoln, RI, called Ryco. It's a bit far from Aquidneck Island (45 minutes from my home in Portsmouth), but worth the trip for quilting supplies, longarm quilting classes and services, and also TRIM.
They specialize in selling trim of all descriptions in bulk or by the yard. Ribbon, fringe, pom pom, bias tape, lace, ric rac, cording, hook and loop tape, webbing...the list is seemingly endless.
They sell fabric as well, both in quilting precuts, by the yard, fat quarters, and remnants. They carry a beautiful selection of quilting fabric. You won't find much in the way of apparel fabric because their specialty truly is quilting. You also won't find fabric bargains, not even in their bargain bin (especially if you've already been to Lorraine's in Pawtucket (see my post on Lorraine's here). But you will find Cotton + Steele which is hard to come by in this region in a brick and mortar shop.
They offer classes in a variety of topics, mostly quilt-related. They also have several long-arm quilting machines. You can take a class in how to use the machine, then are certified to rent their machines by the hour (~$20/hour depending on the machine). This is a tremendous resource if you are interested in stepping up your machine quilting game without sending out your quilt to a professional.
The shop is located in an old mill, off the main road a bit. Look for a caricature of the owner's face to lead the way!
For those not in my area, they also ship just about everything they carry in the shop, but you'll have to call and speak to someone because their website doesn't really accommodate ecommerce well.
While a bit of a drive, once you get off the highway, it's a beautiful one. If you've visited the shop, let me know what you think in the comments!
This summer was filled with library sewing classes, camps, and enjoying time with my family. Somehow in between all of that, I managed to do some selfish sewing. Today I wanted to share some of what I made in the past few months, hoping it inspires you to spend some time with your machine.
A lightweight robe. When the morning is cool, even if it's going to be a hot day, it's nice to have a light extra layer that's not a heavy winter robe (remember I live in Rhode Island--winter can be fierce!). The pattern is from Purl Soho.
I enjoyed the Wonder Woman movie so much that I actually saw it twice in theaters! Couldn't resist this fabric when I saw it and made a few things for the shop, gifts, and a pencil case for my daughter for back to school.
We had a bathroom redone, which I adore. It needed a curtain and I wanted to have a little fun with the fabric. This octopus print is from Hawthorne Threads, one of their in-house designs that is digitally printed on demand. It's fabulous fabric for lightweight curtains!
This project is dual-duty: a garment for my handmade wardrobe, but also an example for teaching a class in how to make the shirt at Stitchery! I love it when that happens. This is the Cheyenne Tunic from Hey June Handmade. Lovely shirt that is a bit more involved to make, but very easy when we walk you through it in our Wardrobe Workshop (Sept. 24 and Oct 1).
There are two more projects I'd like to share that will have to wait for another day. One is my first attempt at the Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie. I'm very happy with how it turned out, but since I refuse to take a selfie in that project, I'm having a hard time photographing it. My dress form isn't my size (I know, I know), and it would look like I completely ruined it if I displayed it on the dress form at the shop!
The second is 95% finished, but I need some hardware and to finish a hem. I attempted a zip-fly pair of shorts that turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. These last two projects taught me that a little know how on the machine and a well-written pattern mean you can sew ANYTHING you want.
What have you made this summer?? I'd love to hear in the comments!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.