Sew Santa Barbara Walking Tour
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Update: This is a self-guided walking tour that can be taken any time. Some of the locations are limited in time.
The Sew Santa Barbara Walking Tour will be on October 28, 2017. This tour is a collection of places and people interested in sewing and/or textiles and meant to highlight hidden gems that can be found in Santa Barbara.
This walking tour is a self-guided walking tour, intended to do at your own pace. Visit as many or as few of the tour locations as the day leads you.
The tour begins at 9:00 am in the Funk Zone with the annual sale at Raoul Textiles Factory then continues to Raoul Textiles and LoveWorn where you find Jill at work. Continue the tour up Garden Street’s Arts Corridor and meet Megan the Santa Barbara Seamstress and Grant House Sewing Machines and More. Then find your way into the boundary of the Presidio Neighborhood to Steven’s new location of Make Smith Leather. Continue up State Street into the Historic Arts District. Visit Beau of Ace Rivington before heading to the Fiber Arts October exhibit at the library: Handspeak Expression in Fiber. The tour ends at the heart of the Historic Theatre District where you find Fine Fabrics next to the Arlington Theatre.
(Updates coming soon!)
Raoul Textiles Factory, 110 Los Aguajes Avenue (Open to public annually)
Raoul Textiles, 136 State Street
LoveWorn, 11 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara Seamstress, 513 Garden Street, Unit G (Open to public by appt.)
Grant House Sewing Machines and More, 336-B E. Cota Street
Make Smith Leather, 135 E De La Guerra Street
Ace Rivington, 1114 State Street #25
Handspeak Expression in Fiber -- Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street (October 2017 only)
Fine Fabrics, 1307-B State Street
Raoul Textiles Factory Sale is happening again this year on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. In the past, those that are eager will begin lining up early before the opening. Once the doors open, the warehouse is large enough to accommodate everyone. The early crowd usually thins out by mid morning and is more condusive to casual shoppers the rest of the day. Come with your colors in mind and the yardage amounts that are needed. The setup for the sale is the same with yardage, small pieces, long sewn panel and bags for quilters. This year there will also be some pillows and some bags.
Jill Johnson sews a lot at LOVEWORN. They have machines in the back and do a lot of alterations, denim repair and customization (think transforming customers' beloved jeans into skirts, or changing the shape, or adding cute appliques and patches). Fun! They also do a lot of hand embroidery, studding, painting... all kinds of creative stuff. Jill also designs and hand makes a line of mini dresses. 100% cut and sewn here by my "loveworn hands".
Santa Barbara Seamstress is a sewing service offered by Megan Illgner. She works on a variety of projects such as leatherwork, bridal alterations, and costume design. Her quilts and costumes are on display around the space. The sewing studio is in a large turquoise warehouse that she shares with several other creatives. The warehouse is located in the back of the SBCAST property (A.K.A. The Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science, and Technology) at 513 Garden Street. Come and check it out between 10am-1:30pm on Saturday, October 28th.
Grant House Sewing Machines offers state of the art sewing equipment, extraordinary service, and friendly and knowledgeable staff who share your passion for the sewing arts. Among the offerings are fabric, notions, quilting supplies, events and classes. It is truly a hidden treasure for quilters, sewists, and sewing professionals.
Make Smith Leather Co. is a family-owned and operated business started in Santa Barbara in the late 1950's. Its run by third generation leather crafts-people. It was started as a custom workshop, inspired both by fine art techniques and artisan traditions, with a focus on handmade one-of-a-kind leather goods. The workshop has since focused on the Make Smith brand product line, which aims to make handmade craftsmanship available to retail customers. The shop recently relocated and Steven will be on hand to show his sewing machines and share some history with you.
Beau Lawrence, Founder and President of Ace Rivington, has over 18 years of experience working in design and development of men’s jeanswear. Lawrence ventured out on his own in November of 2013 and launched this brand based on a unique fabric, a dream and a pilot’s story. On any given day you may find Beau sitting at the machines in the front of the store. You may also find his wife (shown here) or his children at the machines.
Fiber art works in the exhibit include basketry, beadwork, crocheting, textile dyeing, felting, knitting, needlework, paper crafts, quilting, tapestry and weaving. The intricate woven rugs are getting a lot of attention, and the word “awesome” is often heard about a large, garden-themed quilt. A small quilt (the size of an old 33 vinyl record album) celebrates singer Patsy Kline. The designs of two beaded bracelets were inspired by tiles in the Santa Barbara Court House. There are many other unique and beautiful art works. There will be an on-going weaving demonstration October 28 from 10 am to 2 pm by Matt Eardley.
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