Fabricate, my local fabric shop in Boulder, is a magical place. I’m hesitant to call it my local quilt shop, even though it carries tons and tons of modern quilting fabric, because it also focuses very strongly on garment sewing. Fabricate’s owners, Linda Spillman and Corey Strohmeyer, are both super talented sewists, and can often be found modeling their latest creations from behind the cash register or cutting table.
The shop is located off of historic Pearl Street, in the cozy, converted home of Boulder’s first pharmacist (random, huh?). Even though they’ve recently expanded the shop to add more studio space, every nook and cranny is full of notions, patterns, and class samples. On any given day, customers walking into the shop will hear the bustle of the two sewing studios in the back, where Fabricate keeps a full class schedule for adults, as well as camps and after-school sewing groups for kids. Tons of teachers (including me, even!) lead students in garments, embroidery, quilting, home decor, and more. The shop is truly alive, and it’s wonderful to see handmade craft taking such a strong hold of a vibrant community like Boulder.
Corey somehow found time in her crazy schedule to share her experiences as a fabric shop owner, and we’re honored to have her here! (more…)