Heads up designers, costumers and fine fabric fanatics: There's a new place to pick up mid- to high-end textiles.
Cornered between Anytime Fitness and Timeless Photos and Portraits in the shopping center at 17th and State streets, CLOTH specializes in high-quality, American-made fabrics. The store's owner, Pauline Bothwell, has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and said the shop was born of an "epiphany moment."
The walls are adorned with a variety of colorful, unique fabrics—from $8-per-yard wool to $88-per-yard Italian silk—suitable for anything from Halloween costumes to wedding dresses. Bothwell welcomes sewers with all levels of experience, and even has "husband chairs" to accommodate less-interested tagalongs.
"I'm not trying to compete with JoAnn's, of course, but I wanted to create a community atmosphere where people can come and hang out in a comfortable, experienced environment," Bothwell said. "Fabric is all about weight and quality, so mid-/high-end material is what I want to provide."
Bothwell hopes to offer access to custom pattern-making software, where customers can create their own designs on specific fabrics. For now, shoppers can submit fabric suggestions on CLOTH's in-store wish list. In addition, Bothwell looks forward to using her knowledge of fabric dyeing, sewing and surface design to host classes and workshops.