Chicago fabric shops
I’ll be visiting Chicago in April and plan to take a look at some American fabric shops – I live in Scotland. I’ve picked up Fishman’s Fabrics from Threads, but where else is worth a look? I’m interested in material for sewing clothes – I mainly make trousers (sorry, pants).
The Vogue stores are excellent. Here is the Web address: http://www.myvoguefabrics.com/
*If you happen to get up to Racine, Wisconsin, go toSpeiglehoff's. They have tons of knit fabrics. I agree with MMetz, Vogue Fabrics in Evanston is an excellent store.
*If you go to the Vogue Fabrics shop in Evanston, you might also enjoy visiting Devon Street. It is on the north side of Chicago, and quite close to Evanston. There are lots of Indian and Pakistani shops there, with interesting saree and other Asian fabrics. Also some good Indian restaurants.There is a smaller branch of Vogue fabrics on Roosevelt Road near Fishman's. Not as good as the Evanston shop in my opinion, but worth a look while you're in the neighborhood. There are other small fabric shops on Roosevelt. They are pretty miscellaneous, with some good bargains and some trash.Happy hunting!
*While you are in Chicago, please visit the Textile Arts Centre (TAC) at 916 W. Diversey. We are a non-profit organization that promotes the fiber arts with classes, a gallery, an artisan shop and a recycle sale of donated FABRIC, patterns, yarn, etc. We will be having a Quilt Show while you are in town. Our web site is http://collaboratory.nunet.net/textileartsAlso, White's Fabrics in downtown Chicago is going out of business. Not sure if they will still be around when you are here but you could call and find out. This is a really funky place with unsual material. Also, there is a Vintage Fabric store on Damen in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area which also is right near one of the Gallery neighborhoods in Chicago. Say hello if you come to TAC!
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