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2011 December 30
by elizabeth_admin

My Madison visit is just about winding down.  I hope we can make it home tonight.  There’s a snow storm going on right now and it doesn’t look good for flying.  Cross your fingers for me.

While here, Robin from YarnCrawl visited and came bearing lemon cake and gifts for me and the kids.  All of them!  Isn’t she the sweetest?!?!  Of course I will have to get my revenge.  You’ll see what I mean in a moment.  We had a great visit: had brunch at La Brioche (with a little detour getting lost on the way there), then checked out a local yarn store.  She scored some ribbon yarn and a couple of patterns.  I abstained from any purchases as I am more into sewing right now.  Look what Robin brought me…


That’s a gorgeous length of dress weight print with occasional crinkles.  Robin, do you know what type of fabric it is?  I forgot to ask you.  Also, for those of you in the know yarn-wise, that’s Tess yarn.  The silkiest and cushiest  yarn you have ever felt.  I am so lucky to have such a great friend.  Thank you Robin!  My “revenge” will be in the post to you after I return home.  🙂

Today I visited Gayfeather Fabrics in Madison proper.  This is a cute garment fabric store and I got to speak with the owner, Virginia, at length about the Madison sewing scene and some of her fabrics.  They had a wide range of fabrics from cotton prints, beautiful shirtings, silks, batiks, suitings.  I think I recognized a Missoni sweater knit there and she carries a lot of London Textiles from NJ; I remember them from the PR Weekend in 2010 in Philly.  Gayfeather has a little bit of everything and a lot a bit of quality.  Virginia sells some notions and some patterns as well, even carrying the Oliver & S patterns.  I was telling my mom about the designer of Oliver & S, Liesl, and Virginia said that she grew up near Madison.  Small world!!!

Here’s what I picked up at Gayfeather.  I couldn’t resist buying a souvenir or two.  😉


That’s a stretch silk on top and a real Ikat cotton on bottom.  Great finds.  I don’t often find stretch silk and I really loved this print.  The Ikat is really pretty with deep jewel toned swatches of color.  These are really special fabrics and I’m so glad I found some fabrics that I really loved at Gayfeather.  Thank you Virginia!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful year-end.  See you in 2012!

Happy sewing everyone.


5 Responses leave one →
  1. December 30, 2011

    Very pretty selections. I love that last piece of fabric.

  2. December 30, 2011

    The ikat is gorgeous. I hope you made it home OK.

  3. Carolyn permalink
    December 30, 2011

    I really hope the flight made it home okay. And I love your souvenirs!

  4. December 31, 2011

    the ikat is sooo cool! i can see it made up into a really neat dress – can’t wait to see how you use it 🙂

    and happy new year!

  5. January 1, 2012

    Pretty finds, and that yarn looks amazing (note to self: Google Tess). What are ya gonna do with that yummy stretch silk? It’s über cool!
    Happy New Year, my friend! xos

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