Ottawa gets crafty points with Fabrications
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:17
The city of Ottawa is getting in touch with its creative side lately, opening up shops like Fabrications in the hip Wellington West area for residents and visitors with an eye for handmade crafts. Owned by Curtis and Carrie, this fabric store is more than just a place to get textiles. The creators wanted to make a space where beginners can also get passionate about working with their hands, providing classes throughout the week beginning in January of 2013.
Located on Somerset Street West where it turns into Wellington Street, Fabrications opened with much approval from residents who were eager to see another craft store open up in their neighbourhood, and since its inaugural party on the last day of November, business has been running smoothly.
According to Apt613, owners Curtis and Carrie came up with the idea for Fabrications when they lamented over what they saw as the disappointing craft store scene in Ottawa. Weary of shopping online and knowing full well that residents (including themselves) would rejoice with a new craft store, the business partners left their 9-5 jobs and embarked on a journey to open a spot where people could hang and bring out their creative juices.
Curtis and Carrie knew they would have a tough market to compete with, not only because many residents already harboured a habit for ordering supplies online, but also because the craft scene in Ottawa has taken off in recent years. Fairs like the Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale are creating a supportive environment for crafters to not only turn their passions and hobbies into a lucrative business, but encourage even more Ottawans to put their goods on display.
Although classes won't start until the new year, guests staying at Ottawa hotels who are curious about what goes on at Fabrications can simply walk in and talk to the helpful staff. This charming shop is also a lovely hangout spot, so if visitors are mulling over which fabric to purchase for their new sewing project, they can do so with a craft magazine and a cup of complimentary coffee. The store practically breathes inspiration, so visitors may find it difficult to leave without making at least a couple of purchases.