Tucked away within Madtosh Crafts lies a treasure trove of crafting supplies. Even though the shop specializes in needle art and quilting, its bounty spans the spectrum of the crafting arts, ranging from designer patterns and books about knitting, crocheting, hand spinning, and embroidery to fabrics for sewing, appliqué, and sashiko. Fabrics from Anthology and Free Spirit and yarns from Knit Collage and The Fibre Company arm DIYers for the shop's workshops and events. These hands-on sessions include Knit in Public, which encourages artists to work on individual projects among friends, and the Color Theory workshop, a class that helps students choose ideal hues for their artwork or forged mood rings.
Berry Patch, which threaded its first darning needle in 1977, caters to stitching savants with a patchwork of fabric and sewing essentials, as well as sewing classes. Specialty patterns start at $9.99, and breathe-easy cotton and batik yardage ($10.49/yard) are ideal mediums for a fashionable sundress or a hand-sewn bulletproof vest.
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When one thinks of the perfect location for a date night, one doesn’t typically think of a workshop lined with paints, brushes, and ready-to-decorate pottery pieces. Pepe le Potter hopes to change that notion. The contemporary studio helms daily drop-in sessions open to anybody, girls’ nights for ladies looking to spice up recreational outings, day camps for kids, and monthly classes for those looking to tackle a more intricate project under the tutelage of an accomplished painter. Brush novices need not worry, as instructors move around the room to provide pointers, tips, and techniques on how to make their masterpieces come to life. Once guests finish projects, staffers will fire and glaze them, preparing them for pick up in a few days. Pepe le Potter is also a sponsor of monthly Empty Bowls events, which benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns bewilders shoppers as they enter either of Quilter’s Stash's two locations. Some confused patrons report having found the end of the rainbow, but they are really seeing more than 15,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabrics by Marcus, Henry Glass, and other top designers. Staff members wait at attention to direct customers to the latest threads and patterns, and a few on-hand wizards can resuscitate a range of sewing machines from different brands. The crafty gurus are also enthusiastic about leading quilting and sewing classes that cater to students of all levels, and the shop's shelves are stocked with how-to books that facilitate at-home learning.
One might feel compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance upon entering All American Cafe, whose exposed brick walls are strewn with stars to represent the United States. Of those 50 states, the café’s menu draws most heavily on the proud state of Texas. Sunlight filters in through large windows to illuminate fuchsia tablecloths lined with fried and grilled fish fillets, pork chops, and aged Angus steaks served alongside fried okra and mashed potatoes. After two-handing a juicy half-pound burger, diners can question servers about the all-day breakfast offerings or ask for a napkin made from an authentic piece of the Declaration of Independence.