Recently, Michelle and I had the chance to spend nearly two weeks in the greater Chicago area. As you may have noticed from our facebook page, we were in BERNINA land. There were a total of three weeks of training, loads of wonderful people, the most amazing sewing machines ever made, and very c-c-cold weather.
We spent most of our days in warm hotel rooms in the Aurora area, and only on the very last day made it to any of the places we had hoped to visit. We got to spend over an hour at The Needle Shop and were totally lucky because the owner, Rachel, was there and super friendly and showed us around her very darling store.
Sewing studios are kind of a new thing. There was a great article in Vogue Patterns this month, that listed a few. We were pleased to be among them! Finding a space that offers use of machines, classes, and other tools is not as easy to find as a great quilt shop or amazing fabric store. Well, I think Bolt is truly one of a kind, so I take that last part back. The Needle Shop is a special space. The fabric is displayed on rolls, which really shows it off nicely. There is a cozy dining room table in the middle of the space that is used for cutting fabric, and a most welcoming book area, with a carefully selected display of drool-worthy titles, some of our favorite patterns, and a small, but thoughtful, selection of notions and tools.
If you happen to find yourself in the Chicago area, take a peek at this jewel-box of a store. Their classes look amazing, and they also offer a Friday Night Sew-cial! No wonder we liked them so much.