LYS in Review: NIDO
209 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
I stumbled upon this little gem during one of our many excursions to downtown Burlington. Its located above the amazing café Stone Soup (I wrote about them recently here). There was a little hesitation when I wasn’t sure if I was opening the right door but once inside I could see the sign at the top of the stairs. There are several other businesses located on the upper floors of the building; its a pretty cool space.
Upon entering I immediately liked the warm, cozy feel of the place. Beautiful walls of fabric and well displayed trunks and bookcases of yarn were complimented by the hardwood floors and vintage fixtures.
Trunks filled with treasure!
It is a small space however I could tell everything has been carefully curated. The high-end fabrics and wools are joined by a small selection of patterns, books and notions that you do not see in your big box craft store.
I had the fortune to speak with the owner the last time I was there. Her name is Phiona and she could not have been nicer. She was full of information, she was helpful with my purchases and more than happy to answer my questions.
Originally from Seattle, the craft bug bit her when she was expecting her first child. After she relocated to Burlington she realized there was a need for a boutique style fabric and yarn shop; a place that carried items with a more modern aesthetic. Thus Nido, which means “nest”, was born.
Although Wooly Wednesdays center around all things yarn I have to mention the great fabric lines she carries. She had the latest from Alison Glass, April Rhodes, and the much sought after Cotton & Steel. She told me she likes to have the newest lines as soon as they come out. All of the great quilting cottons are joined by a rainbow of solid color cottons as well as some linens, knits, and heavier fabrics.
Love walls of beautiful fabrics.
She likes to keep her yarn selection local; mostly stocking yarns that are made in the northeast. Swans Island, String Theory and Green Mountain Spinnery are a few of the local favorites. She also carries Madelinetosh which is just stunning in person.
She recently became a flag ship store for the Quince & Co yarn brand. It was great to see and feel all of their yarns, which I had not seen in person. In addition to having what seemed to be the entire range of colors, she also had quite a few samples so you can see how the yarn looks worked up.
An entire wall of Quince & Co!
Every time I have been there the service has been excellent. Helpful but not pushy. They hold knitting and sewing classes, craft nights, and knitting help nights; you can check the website for more information.
Knit fabric, quilt fabric & a pattern! Can’t wait to get to work.
Unbelievably, I have not purchased any yarn yet but as you can see from the picture above, I did find some fabric. The April Rhodes knit fabric is a gift, the rest is for a quilt I am going to attempt. I am not a quilter at all so wish me luck!
I know I promised a yarn giveaway but this post is already pretty long so I think I will add it to next weeks post along with On the Needles.
Where do you go when you want something special for your next project? I would love to hear about some of your favorite shops!