Tucked away from the busy streets of Clintonville you can find a charming lounge where anyone can pull out a sewing machine, have the staff thread it for you and stitch away the hours in mind full bliss. Whether you are a beginner, a hobbyists or OG quilt enthusiasts, Dabble & Stitch
has crafted a home away from home for lovers of all things fabric.
What started out as a sewing lounge, the likes of which you can find in coastal cities, Dabble and Stitch offers patrons a chance to start or finish a project among like-minded sewing enthusiast and has become a local fabric desitnation and growing business for Katie Mae Heck. Katie founded Dabble & Stitch 4 years ago. “It’s been really fun to have so many different avenues to focus on, from the actual crafting, to learning all about the fabric and quilting world, to figuring out how to run a business, build a website, sell online, do events, teach, and getting to supporting local artists and makers.”
A tightly run operation, Dabble & Stitch is owned by Katie Heck who gets a great deal of help from some close acquaintances. Her husband and business parter, Dan Heck. They’ve just recently added her sister, Joy Rounds, to assist with social media. This small space is packed with a great deal of warmth and part-time extrodianares: Cassandra Beaver designs patterns and teaches, Carol Zamonski works, teaches everything and hosts the knitting night, Martha West teaches garment sewing and Beth Boring who helps with events. Everyone lends a hand and gets a chance to focus in on their strengths which is similiar to what they offer to their customers.
When asked what Katie loves about running the shop she states “A lot of it is the variety and the endless opportunities for learning and building connections. I love that I have an excuse to make things and learn new crafty skills all the time. That was one of the things that appealed about starting a sewing lounge as a total newbie – I just love to learn as I go.”
The space offers a wide variety of classes for those looking to start a new project or learn a new skill. You can also bring in a project that has you stumped and you just need the expertise, guidance and general support to make it through to the next stitch. You can stop in and buy and grab fabric buy the yard, dabble in yarn or shop for notions as well.
What has helped set Dabble & Stitch apart from bigger fabric shops is their buying and networking practices. Katie attends trade shows the likes of Quilt Mart
, where she can find new products from a few of her favorite print patterns from companies such as Cotton + Steel
, Art Gallery Fabric
and Rifle Paper Co.
She also meets up with local groups with demos and gets a better idea of what their needs are while connecting with them one on one. See a suggested list of quilds and groups from Katie and the bottom of the article.
Katie has enjoyed the challenges that come with owing her own business. Dabble & Stitch continues to focus on classes and events to bring in new customers and keep existing ones happy with products and challenges. They’ve also seen online growth with folks buying supplies online. “We feel really grateful and happy to have a crafty business in Columbus, it is a great city to be an entrepreneur in and a great crafting community to be a part of.” states Katie.
Dabble and Stitch is located at 211 E Arcadia Ave, Columbus, OH 43202. Visit their website to learn more about classes and workshops.: www.dabbleandstitch.com
Craftin’ Outlaws is now in it’s 12th year and is the longest running alternative craft fair in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more at www.craftinoutlaws.com