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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

LNS Review: Fiber Factory

This post starts are series I have been planning for a while. In the next couple months I hope to visit every LNS and major craft store in my metropolitan area (Phoenix) and review them. The problem with most of them is that they are hard to find and you need to know about them to be able to shop there. A major marketing flaw I find in most LNS', which is probably one reason so many fold.

Yesterday we made the trek out to Mesa, AZ. Mesa is in the far Southeast Valley. We went to The Fiber Factory. This LNS is located at 150 W Main St. in Mesa, which is historic downtown. Parking is tricky, and you should be prepared to walk a little. There is parking in the back alley, including handicapped.

The Fiber Factory does not sell any embroidery or needlework supplies. Their specialty is another weakness of mine- Spinning and Weaving. They have one of the most comprehensive selections of yarn and fibers I have seen.

When we entered the store, I was approached and asked if I needed help within 5 minutes of browsing. I was asked two other times in our shopping experience. The shop was busy and had a pleasant feel. There were people knitting, spinning and weaving, and it looked like a class was going on. The prices were reasonable. While they were not Wal-mart cheap (and who would want to be?) nothing made me gasp and say "their charging what???"

The selection was amazing and made my jaw drop. Everything from cheap drop spindles to fine Ashford wheels, from child's table looms to full rigid heddle masterpieces dominated the hardware side of things. They had hard to find crochet and knitting needles, bobbin lace and tatting supplies, and every possible fiber to use the equipment on. They also carried basketry supplies and a large supply or instructional books and videos.

I handled raw silk, carded wool, and cotton. There was a lot of specialty fibers, spun and unspun.

I would love to go shopping there with a large budget. End of story. If you need something for a project, or would like to learn a new skill (they offer classes) I recommend this store. You won't be disappointed. The biggest draw back for me is the distance.

Chris and I went on a shopping spree yesterday. We went to The Fiber Factory, Bookman's, and IKEA. At Bookman's I got two books that Chris bought for me, and at IKEA I got a bookshelf and a couple of odds and ends, and Chris got 4 CD shelves to add to his office. I took pictures at IKEA as well. Look for them in the 2006 page soon.... I now have a list of books and magazines to add to my wishlist, like Embroidery and Cross-stich magazine from Australia.