Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fabric Finds in Pittsburgh

SewCari - Pittsburgh

Somehow, after 8 years-ish of living in Pittsburgh, I just recently discovered/was introduced to this amazing fabric store called Loom. The store is located in Pittsburgh's Strip District, which is a section of the city withing walking distance from downtown. It is right along the Allegheny River, one of Pittsburgh's three rivers, and has its origins as the home to many factories and mills that then transported their goods down the rivers.

The Strip eventually expanded to include many produce and meat wholesale warehouses, and by the 1920's became the economic center of the city, until the 1980's when industry started leaving the area. While the area still functions as a warehouse district, to a degree, many of the old factories and mills have been turned into unique shops, food markets, fun restaurants/eateries, and nightclubs. Apparently, these unique shops include Loom.


Its a two level shop, with floor to ceiling bolts of fabric, many of which are designers I've only ever seen online before. The first time I went in, I was totally overwhelmed. The fabrics, the colors, the patterns, ribbon, buttons, lace. I basically just want to live there. The most beautiful, inspiring place I've encountered in a while.

The last time I can remember feeling like I did while walking through the store is the perfect spring morning I spent independently exploring Montmartre in Paris. Particularly, watching the morning haze burn off the city from the top of Sacre-Coeur, and the serendipity of stumbling upon a museum devoted to one of my favorite artists, Salvador Dali (check out their website: EspaceDali). I could devote a whole post to that trip...

SewCari - Paris

SewCari - SacreCoeur  SewCari - EspaceDali

Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but maybe I've also been a little starved for art and culture, and walking into and exploring that little establishment was a reminder of what I've been missing the past 4+ years. Or maybe I'm just being over-dramatic. Probably the latter. I have an upcoming post about one of the projects I've completed with fabric from Loom, and I have a few more in the works.

SewCari - Loom

What are your favorite fabric stores? Do you order off the internet, or do you prefer being able to feel fabric first?

If you're ever in Pittsburgh, make sure you have a chance to explore the Strip, and stop in and check out Loom while you're at it. I have a feeling that I'm going to have to limit my excursions down to the Strip...


  1. my sisters lived in pittsburgh and we went down from erie to see her all the time and we never even went there. Sad day.

    1. Well, now you know for the next time you visit/Have a reason to come back to our lovely city! Thanks for stopping by my (sadly neglected) blog!

  2. Looks like a great shop! I would be all over the online fabric shopping scene if only the international shipping wasn't so atrocious! I can find an amazing bargain online (eg 5m of fabric for $20) then have a $30 - $50 shipping fee whacked on top of it, which is ridiculous.


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