Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shopping Local - Meet Crimson Tate

Nani Iro Double Gauze En Garden in Cerulean Photo from Crimsontate.com
Ellen Baker Charms Double Gauze Plus Dots in Grey Photo from Crimsontate.com

Y'all, this morning I went down to my favorite local fabric store aka Crimson Tate.  These two beautiful fabrics came home with me, and are in the wash cycle right now, because they are begging to be made instead of stashed!

I wanted to tell you a little bit about Crimson Tate.  The proprietor of the store is Heather Givans.  Heather is one of those people that creativity just drips from their fingertips.  Just check out her logo, that is all Heather, no need for a graphic designer because she has a Fine Arts degree for Heaven's sake!  She is that cool funky chic that everyone wants to be friends with.

Heather designs fabric for Windham Fabrics.  Her first line was called Succulents (which is now mostly sold out), and she is currently working on her second line.  She is tight lipped about the theme and will only say that it won't be succulent related.  Boo!  She won't even give a hint, but I can't wait to see the designs.

Heather surrounds herself with other creative types.  Her store front is on Indianapolis's hippest street - Mass Ave (that is Indy speak for Massachusetts Avenue).  The second in command at the shop is David.  David knows his textiles, has an eye for color matching, and is such a happy person.  You know the type, right?  That kind of person that always has a smile on their face and something positive to say.  I don't know about you, but I need more of those type of people in my life!  

The best part is Heather and David both really are quilters.  They speak the language, they understand your needs, and even though I am a garment sewists, I can always find fabric at the shop that I MUST HAVE, and Heather and David can always talk sewing with me.  In other words, Crimson Tate isn't just a quilt shop.  It's a little piece of fabric Heaven.

There are other people that work in the shop too, and from what I have heard, they are all just as cool, sweet and happy as both Heather and David.

If you are in Indy, go check this place out!  If you aren't in Indy, hop on their website and find something awesome!

Friends, do you shop local?  Don't you just love little independent shops over big box stores?


  1. Sounds like a great shop. You can't beat somewhere that shares a passion for fabric. I love the ones that you picked up and am looking forward to seeing what you make with them. Xx

    1. MoR, I love this little place! The Nani Iro will be finished up tomorrow but my camera man will be out of town so it won't get posted for a few days. May put a sneak peak on Instagram though.