Audrey Wright, owner and designer at Stitchingfields Quilt Shop, opened the new Augusta store on Nov. 1.
"A lot of new customers have already been coming into the store – so it's awesome," Wright said.
Stitchingfields Quilt Shop sells supplies for quilting, as well as a variety of other handwork. Additionally, classes will be a primary focus at the store.
"The purpose is to provide a place to teach. There's a big need in the industry .... Quilters are lacking a face-to-face community, so I want to provide a place where they can come and sit down together," Wright said.
Classes will offer teaching of different techniques, and they'll start mid-January. For upcoming activities and get-togethers, Stitchingfields will have a newsletter starting next month that people can come pick up at the store.
Wright also owns Legacy Patterns, a company of about 15 years that features her own original handwork patterns and designs. Legacy Patterns items are available at Stitchingfields.
Stitchingfields is unique in that it carries hand-dyed wool and rug-hooking materials, which aren't available at many stores in the Wichita area. Wright plans to start dyeing her own wool and will offer classes by mid-2018 for others to learn to do the same.
Wright has been active in the quilting industry for a couple decades now. From 1992 to 2002, she owned the Quilt Company shop in Andover. After that, she worked for a patterns wholesale distribution company with her daughter and then designed her own patterns before opening up Stitchingfields this year. With Stitchingfields, Wright wants to get back to the personal relationships centered around quilting and other handwork.
The store, located at 510 State St., is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.