Pincushion sew and craft

It was another gorgeous day in San Francisco, but with the drought, I feel guilty for enjoying it so much.

ImageToday I visited a new local sewing/knitting/craft shop called Pincushion!  It’s located on the fashionable Union Street in San Francisco’s Marina District.

ImageThe storefront is simple and adorable.  I love how the words in the top windows cast shadows onto the backdrops of the main window displays.

Inside, the space is spacious, airy, and bright, and the owner and staff were friendly and welcoming.

ImageThere are yarns and notions in the front, with fabrics and other notions toward the back.  (There were many more yarns whose travels from the East Coast were delayed by the Polar Vortex, so all the stock wasn’t out yet!)

ImageI love the ribbons!  I searched high and low for this type of embroidered ribbon several months ago, now I know where to find them!

ImageThese adorable vintage-y sewing kits!!! (the cuteness temporarily stole my verbs, sorry about that!)

ImageBolts and bolts of tasteful, carefully chosen fabrics!  Two are missing from the photo because they were on the cutting table for me. 🙂


These are some of the yarns and notions.  Plenty of Clover brand needles, stitch markers, etc.  Oh, they have some adorable sewing patterns for sale, including Amy Butler, Oliver + S, and others.  There are also baskets of super cute embroidery patterns, iron-ons, etc.

I went with a very specific sewing pattern (or 2) in mind, and left with fabric for both!  I’m so excited to wash them and get sewing!  Here are the fabrics along with the swag that Melissa, the owner, gave me; a ball of yarn and a stack of adorable Richard Scarry fabrics. I’ll make something adorable for my son with the Richard Scarry fabrics.  The more ahem mature fabrics will be blouses for me.  The yarn, I don’t know its fate yet!


I’m glad to have this new shop in the neighborhood, and I’ll be keeping an eye on their class schedule to see if there’s a sewing class that would be useful to me.  Good luck, Pincushion!

Sewing inspiration

Words cannot express my love for Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco’s Japantown.  They have a fantastic English-language section, and the section of crafts books!  Oh!  My!  Word!  I really shouldn’t tell you how awesome it is, because if you’re reading this, you’re likely a crafty person like me, and you might hightail it over to Kinokuniya to buy all the crafting books that I want!  So in a way, writing this post is really dangerous for me.  :0

But, as a public service, I will let you know that Kinokuniya has the most amazing craft book section of any bookstore I’ve been to, and that is saying something.  The books on knitting, crochet, felt, amigurumi, and especially sewing abound!  The other day I picked up these two gems.



I’m relatively new to machine sewing, and I’m brand-new to my sewing machine (Christmas 2013 gift!), so the book on mastering your machine is very useful to me.  And!  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that 1) it’s written by a Bay Area local, Nicole Vasbinder, and 2) published by Interweave Press, whose magazines I really love.

Simple Modern Sewing has a ton of cute, simple (ohh, I do hope they’re simple!) garments which I could actually picture myself wearing.  Sadly, many of the translated Japanese clothing pattern books feature enormous garments that would look so silly on me, as petite as I am, so I was happy to find this one that seems to have clothes that are more fitted, or at least, can be easily changed to be so.

I’ll be toting Simple Modern Sewing along with me tomorrow to the opening of a new San Francisco sewing/knitting shop called Pincushion, in hopes of scoring fabric to make one of the cute blouses as my first project from the book.  I really hope that Pincushion turns out to be a good shop, because I could use a great source for fabric close to home!