Hi. Debbi Gray here, creator of Cool Stitches, a pop-up Sewing Lounge in Fleming Island, Florida. I’ve had this idea in mind for a sewing lounge for a number of years, and finally decided it is a great time to just get started.
My background is in business and marketing of technical services, and while I enjoy the challenges encountered and experience gained, being in my sewing studio is one of my favorite things. I have decades of sewing experience, but consider myself a constant student.
The idea for the pop up sewing lounge evolved from the foundations of a business plan that seemed to stall once we got to the question of where to put it. Or, more importantly, how to pull off a brick and mortar location. Not to be slowed down, I revamped the plan, focusing in on the piece holding the most excitement for me – bringing people together to learn how to sew, sew better, and explore new ideas through the inspiration in seeing each other’s amazing projects. With this new idea in mind a perfect match was made for a venue, and some very talented people joined me to launch some pretty exciting things over the coming months.
What is a pop up sewing lounge? We are an event based, sewing centric team with activities led by local and nationally recognized artisans based here in Fleming Island, Florida. We conduct classes, workshops, and special events; and may even take our show on the road too! Stay tuned for that.
In our events, you can learn or improve your sewing skills, see in-person demonstrations for tips on construction techniques in a wide variety of textile arts, enjoy trunk shows to inspire your next projects, and participate in hands-on workshops to try out new projects in a learning environment. It’s going to be so much fun!
The venue for our regular sewing lounge is a beautiful facility with plenty of room and light where you can settle in and spend the better part of a day with your sewing projects and like-minded sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. Our address is 1809 E West Pkwy, Fleming Island, FL 32003.
Cool Stitches will take you on a sewing adventure where you can explore new ideas, complete projects using new techniques, and develop a love of sewing. We believe when you immerse yourself in a classroom or workshop environment, it enriches what you are learning from reading and watching tutorials. You will learn new things, make new friends, and surely enjoy yourself along the way. You can watch for newly scheduled activities at www.coolstitchesjax.com.
Thanks so much for your interest in Cool Stitches! I’d love to hear from you about what projects you’re interested in. Comment below.