Anna Graham of Noodlehead just released a new minimalist wallet sewing pattern in her shop, and she used some Arroyo fabrics for her sample projects! This is totally inspiring — I love seeing how you use Arroyo in your creative projects….
After sharing my favorite fabric retailers last year, I thought it would be helpful to highlight the best online fabric stores, including a few that will be carrying my new collection, Arroyo! Knowing where to buy fabric online opens the doors to so many DIY projects – everything from reupholstering a chair, to sewing your own throw pillows. You may even be thinking about sewing some holiday gifts!
I love to browse through an independent fabric shop – nothing beats the feeling of running your hands over bolts of fabric. If you can shop for fabric in person, it’s a great way to check the color, weight, and drape, and to discover new fabric designers you’ve never seen before.
Unfortunately, many indie fabric stores have closed over the past few years, so many of us don’t have a local fabric shop in our area anymore. If this is the case for you, I’m happy to share my tips and sources to buy fabric online, so you can find beautiful fabrics from anywhere. If you’re not sure where to buy fabric online, I’ve got a list of 17 of my favorite online fabric stores below….
It’s been such a treat to get updates about the fabric shops carrying Arroyo. When I heard that Craft South in Nashville was carrying Arroyo fabrics, I reached out to the owner of this lovely shop (who also happens to be a fabric designer!) to interview her for my featured stockists series.
Founded in 2015, Craft South a a beautiful combination of fabric and yarn store, indie gift shop and creative workshop space. The Craft South blog chronicles all the fun things taking place in the shop, and highlights the caliber of creatives that are coming to the shop to teach. So many of my favorite artists and craftspeople have taught at this shop: Carolyn Freidlander, Sarah K Benning, Kristine Vejar from A Verb For Keeping Warm, and Heather Jones have all taught classes in this lovely shop. It looks like an incredible space, and it would be my first stop on a trip to Nashville.
Below is my interview with Craft South owner, Anna Maria Horner.
I loved partnering with LA-based Robert Kaufman to create Arroyo, my first fabric collection. They have a fantastic network of US-based printing partners that they were able to coordinate with to print the entire collection domestically. The result is a beautiful collection of overprinted fabric, which looks just as bold and vibrant as my hand-printed fabrics.
One of the advantages of partnering with a US-based printer is a smaller carbon footprint, which works towards to my goal to strive for a greener studio environment. While international printers also create beautiful quality fabrics under ethical conditions, I feel confident that pushing for local manufacturing and production could create a big impact in terms of the textile industry’s effect on global warming, and I hope that I’ll get to partner with more USA production partners for future collaborations.
Now that Arroyo has made its way into retail fabric stores, I’ve been excited to see more projects made with Arroyo fabrics popping up on social media. One amazing project that caught my eye is this gorgeous modern quilt, made by Meghan Buchanan of Then Came June.
Want to see more photos of this gorgeous quilt? I know I do…
Chase Clark, owner of The Black Squirrel in Berkeley, CA, was one of the earliest and most outgoing supporters of Arroyo, my first fabric collection from Robert Kaufman. The Black Squirrel is an independent, woman-owned yarn and fabric shop, which shares many of the same core values that I’ve embraced with Cotton & Flax. Issues like sustainability, supporting other woman-owned businesses and US-based manufacturing are all a focus in Chase’s business. She chooses every item in her shop with care, including yarns purchased from small, independent, local dyers whenever possible.
I’m planning a trip up to her lovely shop later this year, and I’m delighted to share this interview with her, which highlights the unique qualities of her fabric and yarn shop.
Erin: When did you start sewing?
Chase: I started sewing when I was 10 years old. Actually, I started doing a lot of crafts that year! My mom got a subscription to Martha Stewart Living for the first time, and I think I made something from every single issue. A beautiful embroidery sampler inspired me to learn to hand sew, and my mom purchased a bare bones sewing machine for me shortly after, which I used for almost 20 more years before upgrading.
What were some of your early sewing projects?
My first hand-sewing project was a heart-shaped pincushion, which I still have, and a pincushion project is what I now use to teach others to hand sew since it’s a useful start to your sewing career! My skills progressed to aprons and Halloween costumes once I learned how to use my machine, and in high school I made elaborate cosplay and bellydance costumes for myself and all my friends!
What makes your store unique?
We have a super-curated stock of unique fabrics, yarns, and DIY supplies. Every item is chosen with utmost care, and much of it won’t be found in any other shop! We love our little fabric section – we try to choose the most versatile and wearable fabrics for today’s specific breed of sewist in mind. And everyone who visits our shop loves its light, bright, welcoming feel, no matter what craft you do!
Do you have a favorite time of day to be in the shop?
We have a really well-attended and super fun Stitch & Bitch meet up every Thursday night, and it’s my favorite thing about the shop. We wanted to be as much a community space as a retail shop, and we’ve definitely managed to bring together our amazing crafty community! It’s better than most regular knit nights because we welcome all crafts, skill levels, and people, and we always have a blast!
What’s your current favorite sewing project?
Right now I’m obsessed with all kinds of apparel sewing. In August I hit my one year anniversary of eschewing fast fashion from my life – all of my clothing and shoe acquisitions over the past year have been either secondhand or handmade by artisans. This year I hope to have more time to sew and knit my own wardrobe, and I’m starting simple with a couple Scout Tees from Grainline Studio made from a couple of my favorite Arroyo fabrics!