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Date: 6/17/12 2:13 PM

I'm not quite sure if this is the right spot for this ... but I'm so excited. We have a new fabric store in Tappahannock, Va. called Sew Happy.

It's a tiny little place(in what use to be the bakery), but it offers a variety of fabrics. I went in Saturday(during Rivah Fest) and met the owner. Bought 2 yards of Chambray for $2.50 a yard and made sure she knew how happy I was to see that store open. Since Wal-mart took out their fabrics(and only brought back pre-cuts), the folks in that town have to come at least 50 miles into Richmond, for fabric.

The owner said she is getting ready for a buying trip. I can't wait to get back there in a few weeks and see what she has brought in.

Before I left, she asked if I would be interested in teaching a class or two during the winter

We have a cottage near the town of Tappahannock and it's year round comfortable, so I could go down for a class every now and then.

I'm at the age where the kids are gown and gone, I can't deal with the heat and sun anymore, and the thought of getting my feet sandy or going fishing leave me cold...I'm thrilled to know I can escape to Sew Happy, when husband wants to go to the river

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Date: 6/17/12 2:44 PM

Congratulations on getting a new fabric store--the exact reverse of the usual thing these days. My moderate sized town used to have six fabric stores--six of them!--and now we have none, or maybe half of one, if you count crafty stores.

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Date: 6/17/12 2:55 PM

That is great news; I'm so happy for you. With you there teaching, folks will be encouraged to sew and stash!

I find it very gratifying to teach sewing basics. My students are amazed when they slide on their first garment- pajamas. That's it, they wear them home.

My dealer encourages people to sew in her shop. When she's not busy, Wednesday's are best, she offers pointers. Would this little place have room for that? It's so nice to walk in the door and see the place humming with activity. Sets a creative mood. And desire to buy things!

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Date: 6/17/12 3:08 PM

Elona you are so right. Anytime we see a new fabric store opening(and it's not a quilting store) everything is right with the world

Wendy, that's a great idea. I'll have to pass it along to the owner(s). She has only been open about a week and a half. I was telling her about my teaching classes at Joann Fabrics and that's what peaked her interest. I told her that I was pushing for a "fitting" class to be taught there in the Fall and that's when she asked if I would like to teach in her shop. She actually wants to learn how to fit herself(she is a lovely pear and doesn't know how to make things fit her waist). I like the idea of having an "open sewing day".

I have lost count, as to how many ladies I've spoken with in the last several months, who use to sew when the "kids were little" and now want to get back into it 20 years later, with a body that's 20 years older and they don't know where to begin. It's almost like a hunger...I'm ready to feed it...LOL

People out there want to sew and when someone comes up to me and says "people don't sew anymore" I just want to knock them up side the head with my cutting board!!!!!

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Date: 6/17/12 3:34 PM

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I have lost count, as to how many ladies I've spoken with in the last several months, who use to sew when the "kids were little" and now want to get back into it 20 years later, with a body that's 20 years older and they don't know where to begin. It's almost like a hunger...I'm ready to feed it...LOL


You're describing me and my Baby Boomer cohort I think. We were so oriented to making things in our youth. Recall The Whole Earth Catalog and Earth Guild, the early health food movement, macrame, candles, etc. I made shoes, futons, suitcases- I was pretty fearless. Life happened to us and we reached the 60's never thinking it could happen to us. So, I say it's a real opportunity for people to reconnect with that hunger as you call it. It's a life force to make things with your hands. There's really nothing quite like it.

Those students will be lucky to have you. Also, from your other thread, I can already see the shop owner is a vast improvement over the corporate headaches at Joann's.

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Date: 6/18/12 2:00 PM

That's great news, expect for the bakery closing!I hope the new store will be around for a long time and offer lots of excellent finds.

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Date: 6/18/12 3:38 PM

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.I'm thrilled to know I can escape to Sew Happy, when husband wants to go to the river
Sounds like the perfect win-win! Nice to hear of a fabric store opening. Will she be carrying more than just quilting fabric? I'm one of those folks who have a long drive to a fabric store - and then it's only a quilt shop, Joann or Hancock, so not many choices in fabric for me and why I'm stuck ordering mostly online rather than being able to see the colors and feel the fabric. Are you still teaching at Joann's? How has that been going?

ETA: reading your 2nd post I see you are still teaching at Joann's! I suppose it would behove me to read all the posts before asking questions.
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Date: 6/18/12 6:38 PM

Purple, luckily the Sew Happy didn't close down the bakery :-). It closed decades ago. That little store area has seen many different mechants. Most of us who have been a part of that town for 50 years or so, will always remember it as the bakery. They had the best yeast rolls, just melt in your mouth

Hazelnut, yes, she has more than just quilting fabric. As a matter of fact, one of her main reasons for opening this store is to offer a lot of choices. There are so many quilting stores around now. I told her the more garment material she can bring in there, the happier I'll be I washed up the piece of Chambray I bought this weekend. It has a great hand. So much better than any I've ever worked with. Most of the chambray I've found in Joann or Hancock, are very thin...one step away from lower end broadcloth.

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Date: 6/18/12 7:17 PM


Woo Hoo.. how perfect will that be.. Now you will be more than happy to visit the cottage .. look more forward to going there now.
Of course if it were me.. you know.. I would live there year round.. but you sure hit the nail on the head.. much easier to live life to the fullest with a fabric store around.. Its the only thing I really like about living in Dallas..

I am so thrilled for you J.. And the fact she is not a chain store should be something to really celebrate. Sounds like her goods will be quality..and her prices reasonable. Makes up for all you have gone through recently with your local Hancocks..

Sewing is really coming into fashion.. pun intended..

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Date: 6/19/12 12:56 PM

Here's to the baby boomers and new stores all rolled into one. Here in metro Detroit, we have one really good store and that is Haberman's, which was really great when I worked, but as a retiree on the famous fixed income, sometimes prices are kind of fierce. Good thing I don't need as many clothes now, but I certainly still like beautiful quality pieces. because of who I am. It reminds me of a time when women still dressed well which in my book always reflected how much self esteem and care you had for yourself. Not to say that today's young lady doesn't, but sometimes it's harder to tell...smile

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