Exciting things have been happening in Guthrie! The spotlight has been on folks making Guthrie weird and such, which is a lot of fun. However in the background something even bigger has been building.
Guthrie is officially a Fiber & NeedleArts District! Did you realize that ALL the fiber and needle arts are represented, mostly within a two block area?
Here are all the players:
- SWAK – 109 E. Oklahoma
Representing all things knit and crochet. You know who we are!
- EXTRA SPECIAL FABRIC – 117 W. Oklahoma
Our friend Laurah has been around for about as long as we have. While her specialty is western fabrics, her expansive stock is a must-see for those who sew. It is still possible to shop locally for fabric with the owner behind the counter ready to offer her expertise. A definite treat! Laurah is only one block to the west of us, on the same side of the street.
- GUTHRIE ART CENTER – 108 E. Oklahoma
The art center has been around town for a very long time, however when they moved across the street a little over a year ago it opened up a whole new world for them. Master weaver and spinner Donna Hilton (The Weavery at Indian Meridian) is now headquartered at the art center. I popped in earlier this week and the looms are multiplying! So glad to see the other half of the fiber world right across the street, plus the level of knowledge and experience she brings is most impressive.
- CROSS STITCH HAVEN – 117 ½ W. Harrison
Formerly located in south OKC, when Kelly purchased the shop from the original owner she relocated the business to Guthrie. They opened in their new location this summer, and we could not be more thrilled! She brought the missing piece to our Fiber & NeedleArts District with counted cross stitch, punchneedle and counted canvas embroidery.
She is dipping her toe into needlepoint with counted canvas needlepoint. While most of the needlearts have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, needlepoint has been lagging behind. Typically done with hand painted canvases, traditional needlepoint ranks among the most expensive of the needlearts. If anyone can help bring needlepoint back in vogue again, Kelly is the one to do it!
Cross Stitch Haven is located one block to the south, across the street from the Pollard Theatre.
- SOONER QUILTS – 7821 S. Sooner Road
One of the premier quilt shops around, with an extensive selection of fabric and quilt supplies. Sooner Quits is also a Janome sewing machine dealer. While Michelle’s shop is not in the downtown area, quilters and fabric enthusiasts must stop here before leaving town! They’re only minutes away from downtown Guthrie, located just south of the intersection of Sooner & Seward Roads.
Each of us offers top-notch products and expertise in our area, along with classes for all levels. We not only feed one’s hobby and passion, but also provide a thriving community of like-minded enthusiasts. It is quite remarkable to have all of the fiber and needle arts represented in such close proximity to one another. We are organizing and want to spread the word!
When trying to explain what a wonderful opportunity this is for our community, those who do not share our passions quite frankly don’t get it. They think we are all old, not cool, and spend very little money on our hobbies. Boy could they not be more wrong! The naysayers would be shocked to learn how diverse and dynamic of a clientele our shops attract. And as far as spending little money – I think they’d faint if they knew the truth.
If you have the opportunity drop a line to the City of Guthrie or Guthrie Chamber of Commerce and let them know how important our shops are to you. If you don’t live in Guthrie, but sure and tell them that our growing Fiber & NeedleArt District is what brings you to town!
I do have a little treat for you today – I’m giving away TWO VIP PASSES to the OKLAHOMA WINTER QUILT SHOW, January 7-9th. To put your name in the hat for the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment with which fiber/needle arts you have as a hobby. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.