Tell me a bit about your shop:
Spool is located in Center City, Philadelphia at 1912 South St. You can visit us online as well at www.spoolsewing.com. My business partner, Craig Rosenfeld owns Loop, the yarn shop right next door, which we consider to be our sister store.
When did your shop first open its doors? What made you decide to start the shop?
March, 2008. I was working for Craig at Loop, and we had been scheming to open a fabric shop together for a couple of years. Center City really didn't have anything specifically for quilt & craft sewing sewing, and we wanted something! The space next door to Loop became available and the rest is history!
Does your shop offer classes? If so, what types?
We offer a wide range of classes on quilts, bags, garments and home decorating. You can see see our full schedule here.
Do you have sewing machines in the shop? Long arm quilters?
We do have Baby Locks and Singers in the shop. No long arm quilters...yet!
Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?
I love my Clover leather coin thimble for hand quilting. It fits perfectly and is pretty!
What’s unique about your shop compared to others out there?
We have a bright, modern shop with a collection of carefully curated fabrics. I love each and every fabric in my shop, and my customers appreciate my culling out the best pieces for them. My staff is friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We love color and we love fabric!
Anything else you’d like to mention regarding the shop?
We have the best customers, who have really helped get the word out about the shop in the last 2 years. As a result, we are thrilled to have just received Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly 2010 award for Best Way to Get Crafty!
Now for questions a bit more personal...
Tell me a bit about you:
My name is Laura Singewald and I live in Center City, Philadelphia. I grew up in Rhode Island, and made my my way here after getting my BFA in painting in Baltimore. I have been here for 10 years, now. Time sure does fly! I love Philly, and the crafty community I have met here.
Do you sew or quilt? How did you get started sewing/quilting?
Both. I always sewed a bit here and there growing up. I got serious about it shortly after college, when I was burnt out on painting and looking for something new to get into. Sewing and knitting became my most favorite things to do!
What do you like best about quilting?
Selecting fabrics and the actual quilting. I love handwork, so finishing a binding and hand quilting are my faves!
What is the hardest thing about quilting?
Cutting! Sometimes it just takes too long for me!
How much time do you sew or quilt during an average week?
I sew everyday, but with running the business I don't get to do it for as long as I'd like. I try to get in as much as possible!
Do you name your projects or label them?
I never do. I'm not really sure why, although when I was getting my painting degree, I never named or signed my work either. Must be left over from then!
What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I am an avid knitter, and would love to try weaving & screen printing!
Thanks so much, Laura! Good luck to the shop - I hope you continue winning awards!
Until next week...