There is an old saying “If she sews, she knows.” I am not sure where it came from or really what it is that “she” knows, but I like to think it means that it takes an exceptional mind to be able to sew; woman or man. It’s unfortunate that not very many people know how to sew these days; it used to be a skill that a majority of people knew, but now with modern conveniences like mass production, people are more likely to buy clothes or table linens and other housewares from a store. But what if you want something that no one else has? Something unique?
Realizing the demand for a place for people to shop for fabric, notions, and other supplies, learn new sewing skills, and to have a communal space for makers, two friends, Jen and Michelle, shared a secret dream of opening such a space. Knowing that it was the right time in their lives, they made their dreams into a reality and opened up Spool as an online store.
After about a year in the virtual marketplace, they moved in to their new space at 816 Warrington Avenue in Allentown this past fall. When looking for a place to open their brick and mortar location, they considered many areas, but ultimately chose Allentown for the potential and the accessibility of the neighborhood. They are also the recipients of some of the benefits that are being provided by the Hilltop Alliance and Allentown Community Development Center.
In addition to their fabric collections, that Jen and Michelle personally curate, Spool offers sewing classes. A few of their most popular classes include some basic sewing 101-type sessions, a workshop in which participants create a giant puzzle ball, and apparel sewing.
They also offer open sewing sessions in the studio, maker nights, as well as social stitching events including a small project series, UNWIND. During UNWIND, participants 21 and over can learn new techniques while socializing and creating something. “We want to be known for a place for makers” says Michelle, “there’s a big social component in what we do.”
Looking for an alternative for your baby or bridal shower or even your next birthday party? Spool has you covered. Choose from an assortment of projects for your party to create while celebrating your day!
For more information on Spool and for a list of classes and events, visit SpoolFabricShop.com. Also, follow Spool on Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram, and like them on Facebook @spoolpgh.