Monday, August 10, 2015

Bittersweet Fabric Shop

A trip to the Manchester Airport to pick up company last week meant Elizabeth and her mom pulled out the Row by Row Map to see if there were shops at which to stop along the way.  We already knew that we first wanted to go to “Artisans on the Green”, a yearly art show in Sandwich, NH, so started looking at shops to visit from that as our starting point.  After consulting both the map and the rows on the state Facebook page, we decided to stop in Boscawen New Hampshire at Bittersweet Fabric Shop.  This was a charming store in a small building tucked amongst quaint houses. 
The store is full of antique sewing machines lining a shelf running the entire perimeter.  It was fun to recognize some of the same machines we have used through the years.  A Singer Featherweight, a Wilcox and Gibbs, and another old Singer were all there plus many more.  This is the first year this store participated in the Row by Row and they made up for last year by having two rows this year.  One was horizontal and Barbara bought that one, thinking it will blend nicely with some of the other fish rows she has bought this year.  The other row is vertical and is a silhouette of a boy fishing.  This is the row, Elizabeth chose to buy.
Dave from this shop is well known in New England for his generosity in providing each youth who enters a quilt in the Vermont Quilt Show with a brand new sewing machine.  And what a clever license plate design. 
Friendly staff met us at the door and were happy to give the history of their business.  They have an amazing collection of embroidery threads and a wonderful selection of batik fabrics and also sell Janome and Necchi Machines.  Located right off Interstate 93 near Concord NH, be sure to stop if you are in the area.

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