December 6: Fiber & NeedleArts District

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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
buildingWhen 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.
 
 
 
 

19 Comments

  • machelle

    06.12.2015 at 07:26 Reply

    Although I appreciate all of the fiber arts, the only one I participate in is knitting.

  • stephenia

    06.12.2015 at 09:26 Reply

    I enjoy lots of fiber needle Arts! Knitting is my favorite, also crochet, embroidery, quilting and needlepoint. It is great to have so many wonderful spots clustering in Guthrie.

    • keely

      07.12.2015 at 09:01 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won two VIP tickets to the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show. We’ll have them here at the shop for you!

  • mschoir01

    06.12.2015 at 09:53 Reply

    1. Knitting
    2. Quilting
    3. Crochet
    4. I flirt with spinning
    Love the proximity – who knew?!

  • kjarred

    06.12.2015 at 10:20 Reply

    I mostly knit, but have done counted cross-stitch and crochet, and my ultimate goal is the learn to quilt!!

  • JudySmith

    06.12.2015 at 10:41 Reply

    Knitting is my favorite. However I have a floor loom and an inkle loom and want to learn to weave. Have been looking for a place to learn, now I have found it. I also like needlepoint.

  • jlbeene83

    06.12.2015 at 10:52 Reply

    Knitting is my favorite!!! I’m attempting to learn quilting!

  • karyndm

    06.12.2015 at 12:22 Reply

    Yes I love that about Guthrie. I have visited every shop you mentioned. Each one offers different fiber experiences. I really love all things fiber. Knitting is what I do most because it is so portable. I also needlepoint, quilt, sew and weave. I would love to learn how to spin too. So many things and so little time!

  • Leah

    06.12.2015 at 12:36 Reply

    I’m not a quilter, but I need to mention that cross stitch shop to a friend as she does quite a bit of that. The fabric shop has so many nice unique designs that I may have to start sewing again. I’m currently working on several knitting projects though and I’m glad that I took up knitting again in 2008 after a long absence.

  • rczb

    06.12.2015 at 12:57 Reply

    These are a few of my favorite things! I crochet…that’s my favorite. Occasionally I knit. I used to sew, and may one day again, when I dig my machine out from under the piles of yarn!

  • KMunger

    06.12.2015 at 13:56 Reply

    Goodness, what fiber arts don’t I like?! Taught to sew, crochet and embroider as a child. Took up counted cross stitch and crewel embroidery as a young adult. Been sewing and quilting most of my life. Five years ago, I learned to knit at SWAK, and last year I learned to tat! And there’s so much more I’d like to learn…weaving, especially.

  • beckihomecki

    06.12.2015 at 17:47 Reply

    Quilting is a the top of my list! Knitting is way up there too!!

  • mrldz

    06.12.2015 at 18:19 Reply

    Knitting. Occasionally I will sew some.

  • Jenny E

    06.12.2015 at 19:02 Reply

    I mainly knit, but I have been known to sew, crochet, and do cross stitch.

    • keely

      07.12.2015 at 09:01 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won two VIP tickets to the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show. We’ll have them here at the shop for you!

  • Betty

    06.12.2015 at 21:05 Reply

    I can truly say I have participated in all the fiber arts & I have the stash or collection of supplies to prove it! At different stages of my life I have obsessed in one or more fiber addictions at the same time. I was taught to sew by my paternal grandmother on her treadle sewing machine when I was 7, taught by my mom to crochet @ age 8, & attended a knitting class sponsered by the county extension agent office when I was 10 (I was the only participate under age 30, lol). I picked up cross-stitching, embroidery & needlepoint while in college (oh, let’s not forget macrame!), & was finally sucessful @ tatting when I turned 40.
    I’ve always said that “if my retirement income is sparse, I won’t lack for entertainmnet!”
    With 6 granddaughters, I’m trying to pass the love of needlework/fiberarts along to them. My daughter-in-law had very little exposure as a child, but is so appreciative of anything I’ve made for her or her children. My daughter grew up surrounded by my obsessions, but somehow wasn’t drawn in, though she appreciates my time & efforts, especially when she needs that special dress in a certain color, or each of her children receives specially chosen knit or sewn items. That is the goal…..making moments of happiness……once while making a gift, twice when it’s graciously accepted & appreciated.

  • Heidi

    07.12.2015 at 00:24 Reply

    Just now quit knitting for the day. Currently, I mostly knit but I also do counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, sew, and piece quilts. In addition, I like to make one of a kind jewelry. My latest piece of jewelry was wire wrap of which I learned quickly it is harder then it looks. So much to do and time seems fly by. See y’all soon at SWAK.

    • keely

      07.12.2015 at 09:01 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won two VIP tickets to the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show. We’ll have them here at the shop for you!

      • Heidi

        08.12.2015 at 01:19 Reply

        Thank you. Once again I’ve just stopped knitting for the day. Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to seeing the quilt show.

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