Evening geckos and star-nosed moles. I clearly need to go to the zoo. I’m running out of animal names. I’m still working away on my two coat projects (raincoat and Mr. Bug coat) and am nearing completion on both, so hopefully by this time tomorrow you’ll all see a lovely new raincoat. In the meantime, I made a trip over to St. Paul today to stock up on a bit of white silk organza and some silk buttonhole twist and while I was there I snapped a bunch of photos for sharing… here’s the next stop, Treadle Yard Goods.


We’ll continue where we left off with our last geography lesson. Treadle is in St. Paul, our lovely state capital. Honestly, in the fifteen years I’ve lived in the Twin Cities (that’s what the Mpls/St. Paul area is called), I haven’t spent a lot of time in St. Paul and I generally need to print off google directions to get anywhere. I’ve marked Treadle with a giant purple dot. It takes me about fifteen minutes to drive over to Treadle from my house, if there’s no traffic.

I had heard of Treadle a few times over the years and driven past it a few times. For some reason, I thought it was a quilt shop and never stopped by to check things out. When I started working at Sewtropolis last November my new boss cleared up my misunderstanding and told me I would like Treadle and should check it out. Ah, she was so right!

[such a small storefront for so much goodness…]

The store has a bit of everything and is mostly geared towards garment sewing. There’s an amazing collection of wool in a ton of colors and textures. I haven’t checked the prices super close, but they seem to range in between $20 to $40. There’s crepes, thick nubby wools, plaids and even some fun stretch wools. If I remember correctly, the hot pink in the center picture is a cool stretchy type of wool!

[this wool must’ve come from some pretty funky colored sheep]

There’s a nice selection of Japanese import fabric in a variety of weights… does anyone recognize the Heather Ross fabric that I used for my laptop cover??

Some gorgeous velvets…
















A ton of fun voile and lawn – including some of the new Alexander Henry lawn! I also see a few of those new Anna Maria Horner velveteens I’m so in love with!

One thing I love about Treadle is that they carry quite a few pattern lines as well as the fabrics and other things. There’s the big 4 pattern books, as well as a lot of independent designers. In particular, it’s fun to flip through the Decades of Style and the Sewing Workshop pattern books. AND they have BurdaStyle! Even the plus size version!

There’s more oilcloth in one place than I’ve ever seen – here’s about half the stock…

[that’s a lot of tablecloths and basset hound coats…]

The whole reason I headed over to Treadle today was to get some white silk organza for my Lotus Blossom pockets. The silk selection at Treadle is, well, mind-blowing. At least it blows my little mind! Check out this embellished stuff!

There’s a whole wall of different silks – a lot of chiffon/charmeuse flowy types, some printed. There’s a few suit-weight silks and some cotton and silk blends.

A lot of the dupioni and similar weight silks are rolled onto cardboard tubes rather than folded over a bolt. Just look at those colors!

But I saved the best for last. This whole display is white silk in a variety of weights (and actually colors ranging from bright white to ecru) Just look at that variety! Just think of all the dying and painting and bridal gown making to be done!

And even better, a good selection of china and habotai silk – perfect for linings!

[china and habotai silks]

Lovely, isn’t it? Sigh. I have to admit, I’ve been holding out a bit. While there are tons of wonderful wool and supple silks and other good things, the real reason I love Treadle because of the notions and utility-type fabrics. Let me show you. First, there’s the trims, including velvet ribbon and high-quality double fold bias tape sold by the yard.

There’s silk thread in a variety of weights – no Gutermann here!

There’s felt made from rayon, wool and bamboo, sold by the bolt as well as cut rectangles.

This, my star-nosed moles, is a whole WALL of Ambiance lining. Look. At. All. Those. Colors.

And here’s the interfacing. They have everything – including hair canvas and weft insertion. AND swedish tracing paper! BTW – am I the only one who can’t bring myself to actually use  my roll of swedish tracing paper? It’s too ‘special’ – I keep using wax paper and the roll of craft paper I bought from the kid section of Ikea.

There’s also a nice selection of cotton lawn, voile and batiste in solid colors – very helpful for linings with warmer weather around the corner!

And yes, there are belt buckle kits. Real-life, cover your own buckle kits! I didn’t even think they were still being made, and here they are for sale!

Isn’t it all so lovely?? Treadle, alas, has no online ordering site***, although while chatting with the owner today she mentioned that they do quite a bit of mail order business and are happy to send out swatches. If you see something you like, give them a call (here’s the website.) And if you live in the Mpls/St. Paul area and haven’t  been to Treadle, head on over. It’s not a quilt shop. I promise.

And now, I’ll leave you with pictures of the giant button collection to be found at Treadle. And this isn’t even including their extensive vintage offering (which lives tucked away and not easily photographed!)

***Note! the sewing tour of mpls/st. paul posts are done purely for entertainment purposes and are in no way sponsored posts.

[Thanks Treadle!]

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