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Simply put, this is where I can get everything I need--as a practicing artist--online or in the store, especially the University Avenue store in Berkeley. Always helpful staff, fun to trade technical tips with. My only complaint would have to involve Holbein oil pastels, as in: they don't carry them, either open stock or packaged sets.
You name it, you need it, you want it, it's sure to be here.
Cool is right! Piedmont Fabric may not be the largest store, or the cheapest, but it IS the BEST Fabric store in the East Bay!
Lan carries a large selection of affordable quality fabrics that meet most every need, with style. Better yet, they know where everything is, and will help you find something 'just-right' for your project.
(What good is a large inventory if the staff can't or won't help you find what's right for you?! Who wants to deal with snooty attitudes, or hunt for hours on their own through a warehouse?!)
Often, I just go in, describe my project, and am directed to excellent fabrics that put a smile on my face, well within my budget! Lan's Piedmont Fabrics is the "Goldilocks" solution to fabric. Not too big. Not too small. Not too rich. Not too poor.
Lan, Josh, and Kirby know how to help find the 'just right' fabric for almost any project, and like the review says, share in your enthusiasm. They've got style and good taste, and will help you get what you need.
I've noticed also that they've added sewing classes with an award winning costume-designer/sewing teacher, Katy Simola (www.piedmontsewingschool.com). These classes are small (4 students or less), creative, and inexpensive. There are classes for adults and kids, beginners and more experienced. Many classes are designed to help 'self-taught' or beginning sewing students take their skills to the next level. It's hard to find an environment that celebrates DIY creativity as much as this in the Bay Area. In this age of pre-fab mass production, these folks are rescuing the lost art of making one's own clothes/textiles!
I LOVE Piedmont Fabrics! It's not a secret anymore!
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