Monday, September 19, 2011

The Silk Road

All sewers love fabric stores, and I am no exception.  Sadly, there are fewer and fewer shops dedicated to garment sewing.  There are quilt stores galore, and home decorating stores galore, but to find a fabric store for stitching wonderful clothing is a real treat.  I have found one in Apple Annie's in Swansea, Massachusetts.  But, since this is a two hour drive each way, I have to save it for a special trip.

I can't believe that I had never been to The Silk Road in Auburndale, Massachusetts before this past Friday.  I set off to Auburndale, which is about an hour ride for me, with my mother and sister.  Since we arrived a bit early, we checked out the town.  Auburndale is a suburb of Newton and has a tiny, but lovely center where we visited a great boutique called The Dressing Room.  The owner is delightful and has lovely clothes with  prices that are not too hurtful -- very special.  We then had lunch at Bocca Bella, which was yummy -- white bean and spinach soup and half sandwich.

But, now to the real reason for our visit.  The Silk Road is a beautiful shop.  You can almost tell from their website.  They have natural fabrics in two well set up rooms.  Fabrics are standing up by the bolt, and there are silks of every variety - charmeuse, chiffon, dupioni, raw silk.  There are velvets and fine cottons.  There are beautiful ribbons and trims.  And, there is a very large selection of fine books on the trade.  I can't say enough about how happy I was to find them.  They are a definite edition to my haunts.  I didn't have something particular in mind so, with the exception of the black sheer stripe which I bought two yards of, I limited myself to remnants, as shown.  It was difficult, but one must leave oneself a reason to go back again, and again.

I want to go back again to meet the owner of such a fine shop -- Gay wasn't in the day we were there.  Oh, and I forgot!  They give classes as well!  This is definitely someplace for you to check out when you're in the area.



  1. What gorgeous choices! I love your comment about limiting your purchases in order to have a reason to return :-) . Congratulations on the wedding also...I missed that post as I was camping.

  2. Your selections are so wonderful! Remnants can be such a treat to work into a project. I am going to see how close this store is to my son in NH. Isn't it exciting to find a new source?