Local Sewists and Quilters Welcome Stitches Quilt & Craft to Olympia

For these who are indoors piecing quilts and crafting or applying their sewing capabilities to build is effective of art as “sewists,” this year’s soggy winter brought superior news. Stitches Quilt & Craft, a new sewing and quilting shop, opened in Olympia on January 7.

And here’s a reward — the shop is throughout the avenue from the just lately relocated Dropped & Found Crafts. This proximity usually means their shared corner on Martin Way is a great halt for all those who really like the crafting arts.

Stitches Quilt & Craft Moves to Olympia

Stitches Quilt & Craft proprietor Adrienne Wilkie has been stitching for many several years. “I have been sewing due to the fact I was about 10 several years aged,” she writes on her website. “I can keep in mind finding out how to use a sewing equipment by drawing traces on a piece of paper, eradicating the thread out of the machine and possessing to ‘trace’ all the strains.”

Wilkie lately reflected on extra of her sewing historical past as she was getting ready for the grand opening of her new retailer in Olympia. “I discovered how to sew apparel first,” she states. “In substantial university, I acquired to do quilting. In my significant school you had to do a senior task to graduate. I did mine on quilting.”

group of people cutting the ribbon
Stitches Quilt & Craft operator Adrienne Wilkie (center) with pleased clients at the January 7 grand opening of her new retail outlet on Martin Way. Photograph courtesy: Adrienne Wilke

Wilkie suggests that she had often toyed with the plan of opening a shop. She to start with launched Stiches Quilt & Craft in Westport in 2019 and in January 2023 moved the company to Olympia. Her store presents fabrics, notions, patterns and textbooks, supplies, Janome stitching equipment and a room for lessons and sewing guilds to fulfill. The décor functions sewing equipment of a lot of generations.

“I’m thrilled,” says Wilkie of the Olympia shift. “It’s an opportunity to reach additional men and women and to find out from them, and to train.”

Stitching, Crafting and Quilting Courses in Olympia

Wilkie ideas to educate stitching courses and retain the services of other instructors. “I like educating and I like conference new men and women,” suggests Wilkie. “It’s pleasant to have a prevalent passion, obsession, adore and pleasure.”

Stitches Quilt & Craft owner Adrienne Wilkie stands before a striking leaf quilt in her new shop in Olympia.
Stitches Quilt & Craft operator Adrienne Wilkie stands just before a hanging leaf quilt in her new shop in Olympia. Image credit score: Nancy Krier

Starting in March, Wilkie will offer you lessons on sewing, quilting and crafting. “They will address from beginners who are sewing and quilting to expert,” she says of the classes. “You can often study a thing. There is always a new technique.”

In addition, she anticipates featuring summer lessons to youngsters in the course of school breaks. “We believe that that crafting is not minimal to any age or gender team- but should be liked by all!” Wilkie clarifies on her internet site.

The Olympia Quilt Shop is ‘Live’ on Facebook on Fridays

Wilkie has a web-site and is on Instagram and Fb. She says she is employing social media to carry quilters and crafters into her shop, which include by using a weekly “breaking news” phase. “Every Friday at 5:30 I go live on Fb,” she claims. “We open up new cloth with each other. I chat about anything that’s going to come about. I walk people all around. I check with, ‘What goods do you want?’ ‘Do you like pre-cuts?’ It is like possessing a coworker that I can bounce concepts off of.”

Visit Stitches & Craft’s Booth at the Stitching & Stitchery Expo

shelves of bolts of fabric at Stitches Quilt & Craft in Olympia
Stitches Quilt & Craft in Olympia presents material, notions, sewing machines, patterns, and a position for sewists and crafters to fulfill. Picture credit score: Nancy Krier

Also look for Wilkie in her booth at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo (“SewExpo”) on the Washington Condition Fairgrounds in Puyallup March 2-5. “I think this is the most significant stitching occasion west of the Mississippi,” says Wilkie. “It’s large. It is been about for around 40 many years. There are lessons for all styles of stitching, home decoration, fashion, quilting and knitting.”

Washington Condition University creates the expo. Wilkie will be a part of other distributors presenting products and solutions and classes for sewists of all levels. The expo also characteristics stitching-themed entertainment these as nationally regarded designer and author Nick Verreos of Task Runway, who will go over his occupation in vogue.

Joint Grand Opening with Misplaced & Uncovered Crafts

Stitches Quilt & Craft is across the road from the relocated Shed & Uncovered Crafts which features new and donated craft supplies like people pictured listed here. The two suppliers on Martin Way held grand openings on January 7. Photo credit history: Nancy Krier

Wilkie’s store is situated at 2607 Martin Way E, Suite 211, in a place formerly occupied by a financial institution. She held a joint opening celebration for Stiches Quilt & Craft with Lost & Found Crafts, which experienced also moved in January from its previous location close by. Misplaced & Located Crafts is now at 2600 Martin Way E, Suite C, just across the road from Stitches Quilt & Craft. Missing & Located offers new and applied craft materials. It also gives a classroom spot, machine rentals, and accepts donated craft provides.

The rainy months means it’s a perfect time to sew, quilt and craft. And although you are at it, make a level to end into Stiches Quilt & Craft and Missing & Located Crafts, now situated throughout the avenue from every single other on the corner of Martin Way East and Phoenix Street Southeast.

Stitches Quilt & Craft
2607 Martin Way E, Suite 211, Olympia
360.268.7647

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