Thursday, February 15, 2024

February 14 is Craftertine’s Day at Louisville Fiber Supply

The lyrics of Stephen Stills’ 1970s hit proclaims, “When you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with…”  Since I was on the road this past Valentine’s Day—and not home “with the one I love”—I joined a love-ly group of stitchers at Louisville Fiber Supply for Craft Night to share the love of stitching and lively conversation.

Louisville Fiber Supply, Louisville, KY

Patricia [Pati] Stone, the owner of Louisville Fiber Supply, hosts the weekly Open Craft Night at her new fabric and yarn store on Wednesdays evenings from 5 to 8pm. I concluded from my recent Valentine’s Day visit that this event is quite popular—the table was full and it was obvious there were several “regulars” in attendance.

At this particular Craft Night, the group was treated to a “box opening” of an order from Ritual Dyes, an indie yarn dyer in Portland, OR. Oh, the colors of these yarns!

Piles of luscious yarns from Ritual Dyes just arrived at Louisville Fiber Supply.

Louisville Fiber Supply offers high quality yarns and fabrics and the associated notions and tools for these creative fiber disciplines. Pati thoughtfully curates her product selection to include yarns from local spinners and dyers, independent yarn manufacturers, organic cotton fabrics, organic cotton sewing thread, and several fabric substrates for sewing and garment making… including cottons that can definitely be used for quiltmaking, should you enjoy that craft as well. 

Here is a quick tour of the shop…

A wall of high quality yarns from small, independent companies and popular brands.

Modal rayons from Cloud9 Fabrics.

Patterns, notions, embroidery kits, and other stitching accessories…

Patterns, kits, and other stitching accessories and inspiration.

I was thrilled to see a display of Scanfil’s new, long-staple Pima organic cotton thread at the shop. Louisville Fiber Supply carries the 50 wt.

Scanfil organic Pima cotton thread.

Exquisitely hand-knitted samples are displayed throughout the shop. Pati was working on a colorwork class sample during Craft Night. Classes are offered at the shop for beginners and experienced stitchers and sewers alike. Sign up for the shop’s e-newsletter to get information.

Hand knit shop displays.

Here are the goodies I purchased during my visit. 

Labels, a stitch fixer, and Radical Sewing by Kate Weiss (who teaches at Louisville Fiber Supply).

Future un-boxings coming soon!

Be watching for more bolts of fabric to arrive soon at Louisville Fiber Supply! Pati has the American Made Brand cotton solids and Everyday Organic cottons coming from Clothworks, and beautiful yarn-dyed wovens—including the new Lucca Essentials—from Diamond Textiles on order.

Bennie, the Shop Mascot

As with any great fabric and yarn shops, Louisville Fiber Supply has a shop mascot. This is Bennie. 

Bennie was a bit camera shy while I was there, but when Pati motioned him to say “bye” to me ...

Bennie, the shop mascot, and Pati, the shop owner.

… he came running.

Here comes Bennie.

Here’s a better photo of Bennie. He routinely appears on the shop’s Facebook page ’cause he’s such a good boy… and he has an ever-growing online following. 

Bennie at Louisville Fiber Supply.
Photo courtesy of Louisville Fiber Supply

I hope your Valentine’s Day was wonderful! If you love fibers and fabrics, any day is wonderful when you can be creative with stitching and crafting. And if you find a group of fiber friends to spend the time with… even better. 

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