2417 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
As the name implies, Cool Cottons has bolts and
bolts of high-quality cotton prints and canvas, suitable for quilts, skirts, bags, and home decor. The
store is spread out in an old house, so you wander
from room to room, discovering pretty colors and
Co-owners Pam Oakes and Marie Ritten are passionate about
fabric, and it’s contagious. You’ll often find them piling bolts on
the shop’s worktable, helping a customer find just the right print
for a project.
Hike across the street to Grand
Central Baking Company for one of
their famous Triple Chocolate Cookies.
7530 N.E. Glisan St.
“The Kitten,” as it’s affectionately known by locals,
is a craft supply thrift store. Rome Church combs
estate sales and flea markets for craft materials,
and then stocks this little shop she co-owns with her
mother, Ethel Stark, with her best finds. On any visit
to Knittn’ Kitten, you’re likely to find treasure in the
form of vintage fabrics, miles of rickrack, notions,
beads, buttons, stitchery supplies, vintage patterns, and more.
The prices are incredibly reasonable — real, thrift-store reasonable. Every person I’ve taken to the Knittn’ Kitten has left with a
big bag of goodies and a huge smile on her face.
Recharge from your craft-thrifting
spree with a cup of coffee and a scone
across the street at Spill the Bean Coffee
Shop, 7631 N.E. Glisan.
2310 N.E. Broadway
Twisted has the feel of a crafty person’s living room.
Shannon Squire and Emily Kizer, who co-own
Twisted, make everyone who steps through the
door feel welcomed. There are cozy couches and
chairs for knitting with your friends, and a lovely
selection of loose-leaf teas to sip. And to distract
you from relaxing, there are craft supplies.
Twisted specializes in sock yarn — there’s an
entire wall of it here. You can also find yarns for
your garment projects, supplies for needle felting, and embroidery flosses and tools. It can be overwhelming, so perhaps you’d
better curl up on one of those comfy chairs with some tea.
Snack on the Gourmet Cheese
Plate and some homemade soup at
Costello’s, just down the street at 2222