The day has finally come. Pintuck & Purl, in Exeter, NH has opened its doors to the public. You may remember that we’ve talked about them before. When I heard a new fabric and yarn store was opening within driving distance of my house, I was pretty excited. Thanks to the generosity of Maggie, the shop owner, I got to come in early, along with some other privileged people, and take a look around. Now I get to show YOU some pictures. That way you’ll know what you are looking for when you head there yourself. Because you are going to want to. (I’m already plotting my return.)
First impression: Wow…and Yes!!!!
All the fabrics I always read about, but don’t really know how they feel are there, in the
flesh fiber. I’ve slowed down on my knitting in recent years, but they have some pretty tempting stuff in that department, too. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I can go on at length about things I’m excited about, but maybe I should spare you the verbal gush and give you some visual gushing instead. Let’s take a little tour of the shop:
Let’s start with this super-cute classroom space. This is to your right as you enter. Maggie also has this awesome calendar (I want one!) showing everything going on in the shop for the month. (You can also view this on her website.)
To your left as you enter, and around a little wall, is a cozy space for hanging out, knitting, chatting. We all know making things isn’t only about the things themselves. It also has so much to do with sharing, whether that means talking to a friend as we knit or creating something for someone we love. I think this space will really facilitate that.
Here’s a wider view of the shop (That’s Maggie cutting some AWESOME linen I bought. I cannot WAIT to use that stuff.). The door and classroom space are to my left, and you are looking at the front counter that you will see as you come in. The hang-out space is beyond the wall in the back left. I suppose the building is really a rectangle, but the way the shop is divided makes it feel spacious and cozy at the same time.
Let’s look at some of the lovely materials you might find at Pintuck & Purl, shall we?
I only had about an hour there, and I spent so much time examining fabric, that I didn’t even get a chance to look at all the patterns! Darn. I’ll have to go back. 😉
For those who like quilting or just the great prints you find on quilting cotton, she also has a really lovely selection of quilting fabric that can walk the line between quilting and apparel.
Need some notions? Check!
Cool vintage patterns? Check!
Vintage buttons? Check! Check!
Because I am becoming frighteningly obsessed with sewing, this post is a little more sewing-focused, but that doesn’t mean the shop is. There are plenty of goodies for knitters as well. The yarn was really gorgeous.
Loved this stuff!!
Look at this wall of knitting needles below.
Despite the fact that I already have at least two stitch gauges, I was tempted by these.
I still haven’t gotten over my hunger for colors after last winter, so I had fun looking in here, and…
So, when you go to Pintuck & Purl, look for this red building. This is where you are going.
Then go right on in, say hi to Maggie, and equip yourself for your next project!
Pintuck & Purl
50 Lincoln Street