There are a limited number of fabric stores in Austin, and since I don’t usually find what I’m looking for at the Big 3 (JoAnns, Hancock Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby), I’m always excited to learn about a new (to me) fabric store in the area.
Silk Road is not a new store — in fact, I’d always looked longingly at their little storefront-in-a-house on Lamar, where they used to be located. When I saw the building was for sale, I thought I’d missed my chance to visit some of their legendarily beautiful fabrics… this was about 2 years ago. Then, yesterday, I discovered that they had not closed down, but instead had moved to a new location — and that new location was less than a mile from my house.
Finding the Flat Bed building where they’re located was no trouble at all — those green steps are hard to miss! — but once I was outside the building, I wasn’t sure I was in the right place. Luckily, the owner of SR was on the steps, people watching as bikers from the ROT Rally drove by, and she welcomed us inside. As we left, I did notice that Silk Road was listed among the shops painted on the green steps, but I didn’t even notice when we arrived!
The owner (I’m guessing) led us down the art-lined hallways to a small space crammed with fabric.
And oh, what fabric!
Gorgeous cotton batiks….
Lovely silks… sorry I forgot to grab a photo of the bolts and bolts of dupioni! I’m also kicking myself for not grabbing a photo of all their buttons… sooo many buttons, and even a card catalog (be still, my heart!) filled with yet more buttons!
And a rainbow of linen… including the yummy burgundy I took home as my prize…
I will definitely be back to the Silk Road…
… though, at these prices, I can tell it’s going to be only once I’ve perfected a pattern, and am ready to make the investment in a quality fabric that will make it a permanent member of my wardrobe.
This linen is going to make up another version of the black & white dotted skirt and top outfit, but this time, I’m going to make a muslin, and really work on getting a perfect fit, before I get anywhere near this fabric with a pair of scissors!