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« on: December 21, 2004 06:56:36 PM »

Stone Mountain Daughter (Shattuck Ave in Berkeley) is one of the most wonderful fabric stores in existence. They have a wonderful selection of fine fabrics and accessories. My mom has been shopping there since they opened in 1981. Independent Crafts stores seem to be disapearing left and right around here. Im really glad Mountain Daughter is still around.  Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2004 09:44:26 PM »

yep, stonemountain is a great store!! i haven't seen such a selection of fabric since neuwelt's in lafayette, indiana went out of business about 15 years ago!

one of these days i'm gonna get to britex in SF. have you been there? i also recently heard about a "cheap" fabric store near 3rd & brannan in SF. would you happen to know the name of that one? thanks!

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2004 12:05:24 PM »

Hey there, I love Stone Mountain's Daughter, they're really helpful people and great cottons selection. I just signed up for some beginner sewing classes there, I can't wait! =)

Also, to answer your question OldQlts, I made my piligrimmage to Britex, which is 4 beautiful floors of fabric and notions, but oh so pricey. The second store you're talking about is Discount Fabrics (warehouse) on 4th and Brannan, which is super inexpensive but has lots of great fabric. There are 4 Discount Fabric Outlets in the Bay Area, but the Warehouse is the biggest one I think:

Discount Fabrics (warehouse)
525 4th Street @ Bryant, San Francisco. Tel. 415.495.4201. Big warehouse packed with bolts of useful, basic fabrics and some exotics, all at low prices. Nice velvets and brocades.

Discount Fabrics
3006 San Pablo (corner of Ashby and San Pablo), Berkeley. Tel. 510.548.2981

Here's a great link to all Bay Area fabric stores: http://www.gbacg.org/Fabric.htm
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2004 12:57:07 PM »

Thanxs for the link leslieduckie. Hope you love the sewing class...... Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2005 08:40:39 AM »

Britex isn't so pricey if you hit the sale tables and the remnants...you can get some really cool stuff for not terribly much (got a cool retro cherry print for $1.99 a yard last time I was there). They DO have some insaaaaanly priced stuff, tho---stuff I'm afraid to touch!

If I get out to Berkeley the next time I'm in the area, I'll have to check out Stone Mountain Daughter.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2005 09:58:32 PM »

Oh I didn't know they had a sale table, I'll keep that in mind when I'm around downtown. Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2005 02:47:38 PM »

Oh I didn't know they had a sale table, I'll keep that in mind when I'm around downtown. Thanks!

No prob. Hey, if weren't for sale tables, I wouldn't even be able to afford fabric at Joann.
I think it's on the 2nd floor, remnants on 3rd if I remember correctly.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2005 05:43:15 PM »

I like Silk Road in downtown Oakland...it's on 14th St. right downtown and it's open everyday.  Lucky me it's like a block from my house...but I don't think a lot of people know it's there because it's so quiet downtown on the weekends...Stone Mountain is indeed wonderful...
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2005 10:32:43 PM »

I've wandered into Silk Road before because I work in downtown Oakland, right next to City Hall. I was really intent for some athletic nylon stuff they didn't have so I can't recall too much. I do remember that they had some really nice raw-looking silks.
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2005 08:51:08 PM »

Yes, they do have wicked silks, in gorgeous colors, I actualy posted a bag a little while ago that was made form some silk dupioni that I got there...their silk brocades are amazing too--and pricey Wink ...the fabrics types are a little limited for me at times because they specialize in special occasion and bridal stuff...but the stock they do have is really lovely, their buyer has a really nice eye for design...
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