BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The Stitching Post in Washington
By Sabrina Westfall
The Stitching Post in Washington is one of few fabric stores left in the area, according to owner Mary Dell Memering.
The business has been located at 401 E. Main Street, and while Memering said she saw a decrease in the number of people using their products, there has recently been an increase once again.
“It waned a few years ago, I think it’s coming back. We are getting a lot more young people interested. They are doing brighter things and different things. Our grandmothers might not approve of the colors, but I think in the end they would be glad they are keeping up that work,” Memering said.
The Stitching Post has a variety of fabrics, patterns and gadgets.
“There are not a lot of fabric stores around these days and we have a good selection. We have 10,000 bolts of fabric, and I think the selection is a big thing,” Memering said.
The quality quilting fabric is 100 percent cotton, which comes from several different companies and designers.
Fabrics that can be found in the store include hand-dyed, solids, prints and some flannels. Memering added the use of flannel fabrics have recently grown.
“They are doing what they call rag quilts now that are basically sewn together back to back. They sew them together, you clip them and you was them and they fluff up. They are easy and they’re warm and they are very pretty,” Memering said.
In addition to the items available in the store, The Stitching Post has an online catalog of more than 6,000 fabrics to choose from.
The Stitching Post offers flat rate shipping of $6 for any size order from the website. They have shipped to 35 foreign countries and all 50 states.
Memering stressed the importance of offering quilting fabrics, which has become a destination for quilters up to a 100 mile radius.
“It’s a traditional art that has been going on for centuries. I think everybody’s grandmother used to quilt, and I think it’s important that we keep that,” Memering said.
She added the thing she thinks make The Stitching Post stand out is the friendly service.
“I feel like, a lot of them, I don’t see them often but they are my friends,” Memering said.
The Stitching Post can be reached at 812-254-6063 or visit www.