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First, a few area businesses which you may want to visit if you are in the neighborhood:
Knitwitts - If you're a knitter or want to be. DeeAnn stocks the basics and lots of novelty and funky yarns to satisfy today's free-spirited fashion. Shop for everything from Brown Sheep to Trendsetters. 56 Allen Road, Brookfield, MA 01506 508-867-9449
Village Primitives - Website coming! All American-made furniture, accessories and gifts AND our own hand dyed wool fabrics and wool threads! Part of the shop is devoted to the hand made sconces, lanterns and chandeliers of Coppersmith-Tinsmith. You won't find any imports here. See Elaine at Village Primitives, 428 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA. 508-347-0045
Auburn Sewing Center - another wonderful local dealer - Viking and Janome machines. Chris is an authorized Viking repair center. (508) 721-2449. Right next door is Appletree Fabrics. Both businesses have workshops and lessons in sewing and quilting. 850 Southbridge Street (Route 20), Auburn, MA.
Old Sturbridge Village - I never tire of strolling through the Village, as the locals call it. If you haven't visited, you are missing a real treat. Leave your cell phone and Ipod at home and step back in time. AND, you can buy Marcus Brothers' Old Sturbridge Village cottons here at a great price, even lower if you become a member and use your 10% off members' discount! For fabric information, click on Gifts and Books on the left navigation and Happy Shopping!
Hometown Antiques - Be sure to visit this wonderful shop if you are visiting this area and love antiques. Cindy and Joe have a great eye for that unusual "something" and a knack for display. Open by request or chance. Please call 508-867-7507. Open MOST weekends 12:00 to 5:00. 40 Ware Street, West Brookfield, MA.
Saori Worcester- Free and uninhibited Saori weaving from Japan as brought to the United States by Mihoko Wakabayashi and her husband Nathaniel Needle. 131 Highland St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-4646
And, now the rest:
Jen Niles - Art - Jen is a local (Paxton, MA) artist who paints wonderfully whimsical cats and dogs, full of color and personality. Besides paintings, she offers notecards and small gift items. Visit this fun site!
Northland Woolens - For the warmest socks for ladies and gents, try angora and wool. These are the real deal, made right here in the USA. Also try their ski hats, mittens and gloves. Once you try them, you will be "hooked." 320-762-0376 in Minnesota.
Putumayo - terrific music from around the world.
Amherst Antiques & Folk Art - lots of stuff from rug hooking to punchneedle to see and buy from a prolific fiber artist, Sally Van Nuys.
Jesse Turbayne - No website. Phone number 781-769-4789 (MA) Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern time. Jessie is a nationally recognized expert on hooked rugs and rug restoration.