Our Boston-local, woman-owned business was founded in October 2010 in order to promote the craft of sewing, be it apparel, quilting, or home decor. In addition to selling beautiful fabrics from our favorite contemporary designers, we offer a variety of classes by skilled local sewists.
There’s nothing we love more than sewing, so feel free to ask us any questions you have. Even if we can’t help you, we probably know someone who can!
Sarah started sewing while she was working on her PhD in critical theory and new media aesthetics (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?). Having a creative outlet outside of reading and writing seminar papers was freeing and exhilarating and necessary for her sanity. She didn’t grow up sewing, other than some ill-fated scrunchies in approximately 1992. Sarah even cheated on her Girl Scouts art-to-wear badge! Now, her favorite things to make are dresses, though she’s doing some experimentation with pants thanks to Colette Patterns’ lovely Clover capris.
John, Sarah’s husband, recently finished his PhD in philosophy at Boston University, which means we end up talking about how we know whether a bolt of fabric exists or not. He’s picked up some mean sewing skills during Grey’s nascence; if you ever see the grey Negroni shirt in the shop, that was his handiwork! He also put together Grey’s website and is a generally helpful chap.
Ashley is very excited to be teaching sewing classes and private lessons at Grey’s Fabric and Notions. She has been sewing for over 15 years, including 4 years working for the Connecticut Repertory Theater costume department. She taught herself to sew by altering and refashioning vintage items that had belonged to her very stylish grandmother. She quickly fell in love with the craft and started building clothes and drafting her own patterns. Her favorite hobby had to take a back seat when she was in law school, but she’s had more sewing time since passing that pesky bar exam!
Katy will be teaching classes at Grey’s Fabric and Notions starting this fall. She discovered sewing in high school and hasn’t stopped since. Recently her sewing machine became a world traveler as she pursued a PhD in England. Now back in the states, Katy is leading a double life: research fellow by day, sewing guru by night.
Spindle is Grey’s greyhound, a rescue from Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton. She doesn’t come into the shop very often, and on those lucky days when you catch her, she’s probably sleeping, though if you give her a treat from PolkaDog, she’ll do “touch!” for you. She, along with Bobbin the Fox, is the star of the sewing-themed children’s book that Sarah is (slowly) writing.