Monday, May 4, 2009

Hidden Treasure!

Saturday morning I headed off to a shop in Snohomish that I had been to a few weeks ago where I discovered a treasure trove of wool, homespun and reproduction fabrics and primitives. I didn’t have much time that first trip and had it in mind to go back as soon as I could. I’d been to the store a few times in the past several years, but knowing that we were going to move, I never strayed far past the inside of the door for fear I would buy things we couldn’t use in the new house! On that trip a few weeks ago I did stray past the inside of the door and was I ever glad! There was a huge display of wool, an entire room stocked high with fabrics, and more downstairs!

The shop is called “Speckled Hen”. Its owner, a very nice woman – Linda – happened to be there today. We had a terrific conversation and she happily agreed to let me take
photos in the shop! If you’re ever in the Snohomish area, you really need to pay her a visit!

Check out the wool display! Linda gets her wool from Wicked Wool.

This is the fabric/cutting room. It isn't any bigger than a large master bath, but chock full of all kinds of homespuns and reproductions!
I'll take a yard of each, please!
There is even a display with one-yard cuts!
The fabrics on the bolts below are canvas, duck-cloth, toweling and the wonderful waffle fabric that Nanette likes to use for dish cloths!
This is the view when you step in the front door.
I spent the weekend catching up on laundry, ironing and mending and doing a little weeding to keep us looking good for house showings. In case you've wondered, we've still only had one showing. Both of us sort of feel like we're in limbo. We're learning to keep our emotions in check over this as we know for sure its going to take time to find a buyer. This afternoon we discussed that on the bright side, we might have one more summer of fly fishing on the Mountain Loop!

24 comments:

Martys Fiber Musings said...

I'll bet you'll take a yard of each! The store is lovely...tell Linda I said so on your next visit. I can see you had great fun there.

Trisha said...

What a great shop! I will have to keep it in mind next time I need civil war repros for my Dear Jane. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Oh my gosh I could have fun and done some serious damage in that store.

Sherri said...

That shop really is a treasure trove! Thanks for the fun tour!

Linda B said...

Oh, does that store fit in to Snohomish or what! I think I'll have to take a trip!
Limbo, I know the feeling.

Ulla said...

I didn't know such shops are even possible! I hope you had some lovely things to take home.

Anonymous said...

Oh my...I have heard of that shop but I have not had the good luck to visit it yet. I can safely say I will be doing that within the month..! Such beautiful goodies..
Actually, even though I am hoping for the lucky buyer for your home I might be inclinded to vote for another season of fly fishing..
or not...You do have St. Joe buried upside down don't you and I think he has to be in the front yard? Can only speak from experience here..Our's is still buried in Mammoth Lakes in front of the home we lived in for almost 15 years..By the time I remembered to go back and get him out of the ground the new owners had moved in along with their very large German Shepherd which was chained to the front porch. ..not good. Louise

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, what a great store, i would have loved to get in there!!!

Carrie ~ said...

I am with you, I would want a yard of it all. Wicked wool is so vibrant and wonderful, did you hold out or find a bundle to take home?
Best wishes on your home sale, it is hard keeping the vigilance up but what else can you do, right!
My grandmother knitted doilies, they are so teeny in the beginning, I am enjoying hers, never could get the centers started without much frustration.

Anne said...

What? You didn't call me so I could meet you there? LOL Actually, I've been there and done some serious "damage". Fun shop, huh? Actually, I love the whole street of fun stores.

Lisa D. said...

I discovered the Speckled Hen for the first time last year on the way back from our retreat in Gold Bar. I found some wonderful older Moda fabrics that I never even knew existed, and found the cutest Halloween decoration for 50% off. Yes, it's a wonderful store packed with goodies! Now that I want to do an wool embroidery piece, I think I need to go back!

Wendy said...

I'm with you...I'll take one of everything in the store. Thanks for a wonderful tour. I'd love to visit that store someday.
You'll also get more visits to this store the longer it takes to sell.

Libby said...

That looks like my kinda shop *s* Thanks for sharing it!

Sharon said...

I love that shop. I swear it reminds me of mine when I had it. Soooo warm feeling.

Stephanie said...

What fun! I was out shopping all day and landed in wool heaven. I haven't done wool yet but I think I'm about to try. :o)

Quilt Hollow said...

I've been to Snohomish years and years ago....and loved the shops there. I don't know that they could pry me out of this one if I'd gone with you!

Jackie said...

It looks like a warm, inviting shop. I really like the wool display with the books, rug, and other items mixed in.

Mary said...

Thanks for the little tour. It almost looks like an antique store. I'll bet there was lots of little interesting eye candy.

Gran said...

What a treat to see the photos.
The woolens looked so nice.
Hang in there - gardening and quilting are tonics for the soul - and your blogging too. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the pumpkin wall hanging that you have as part of the banner for your web site. Is it a pattern that could be purchased? I'm enjoying reading your blog. Thanks

Kaaren said...

I'll take a yard of each as well, thanks.

It's been so long since I've been to a shop that had a collection of wool like that. Can you see me drooling, Candace?

Between you and Stephanie, you're making me greeeeen with envy.

My fingers are still crossed for the sale of your house. I feel for you both.

Mel said...

Lovely, charming, cozy!
Thanks for sharing!!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVIYT said...

What a delightful looking shop and a fun way to spend the day.

That shop is filled with all the things I love. I could spend days in any fabric shop-lol.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a sweet store! I bet her fabric is really nice and her waffle fabric good quality. It looks like that kind of shop - nice. How fun to discover.