Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Chance for your Extra Discount!

HURRY ON IN -- there are only three more days for mailing list members to get your extra 20% discount on all our full and sale-priced fabrics.  That means potential discounts of up to 70% off our regular prices! Not on our mailing list? Sign up today for the extra discount!

Our winter clearance sale will continue through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Don't forget that Treadle will close at 5:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve and re-open on Friday, January 3, 2014.  The store will be closed all day on Thursday, January 2, for inventory.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Annual End-of-Year SALE!

Our Annual Winter Clearance SALE starts today, Dec. 26th. Stop by now through the end of the year to enjoy discounts from 20% to 50%! Mailing list members receive an additional 20% off!

Come and find something special to sew at Treadle!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Important News

Dear Friends of Treadle,

As Bob Dylan wrote, “for the times they are a changin’.” This has been a challenging year at Treadle. Following a banner year in 2012, sales this year have been very soft and we find ourselves struggling to survive. My Parkinson’s Disease has progressed and I find I must make some concessions in order to lighten my work load and stress level. I have been seeking a buyer for Treadle for over 9 months. While several individuals have expressed interest and explored the possibility of a purchase, as of this writing, no one has been able to put together a viable proposal. Barring a sale, Treadle will close sometime in the first half of 2014.

I would love to see Treadle continue to serve the incredibly talented and wonderful sewing enthusiasts we have come to know and love. My heart and soul have gone into this place and I have come to know so many caring, warm, funny and compassionate women and men, and feel so blessed to be able to call you my friends. My fabulous band of hard working, creative co-workers is ready to carry on under new ownership and I have pledged to stay on as long as needed during the transition.

Be on the lookout for news of a potential crowd funding campaign and changes to our hours of operation. Please know how grateful we are for your support. We are working very hard to find a way to allow Treadle to continue.

Warmest regards,
Mary Daley and the crack staff at Treadle

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Boiled Wool

Squishy soft and richly textured, boiled wool is a treat to sew and wear. Usually made from wool knit, these boiled wools have been slightly felted to create a delicious dense texture that keeps edges from raveling and keeps the cold winds at bay.

Perfect for jackets, coats, and capes, and available in a rainbow of colors. Stop by and take a look!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Cotton Flannel Prints

Still looking for the perfect last-minute gift? How about a pair of easy, cozy pajama pants?

Our selection of cotton flannel patterns range from plaids and florals to whimsical brights. There's something perfect for everyone on your list!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013


We have a selection of dreamy cotton chenille at Treadle right now. These soft, thick fabrics have the pile running in stripes or swirl patterns, in solid bright or pastel colors.

Chenille has a sweetly vintage feel that is perfect for a classic, cozy robe. Or use it to back a soft flannel blanket or throw.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wool Tweed

We have a fantastic selection of wool this season at Treadle, including some wonderfully textured wool tweeds. Here are a few of our favorites:

Tweed, in twill, houndstooth, or heathered plain weaves, is a superb choice for winter outerwear. Classic coats, jackets, and vests will shine when made in a luxurious wool tweed. Multiple shades of color in the weave allow tweed to blend with many coordinating colors, making it a versatile wardrobe staple.

There's so much more in our store! Come take a look!

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Japanese Fabrics

We have a new selection from everyone's favorite Japanese fabric lines, Echino and Kokka.

The Echino prints are on a heavier linen/cotton blend, just perfect for bags, crafts, or even skirts! The style is a bold, retro-mod, quirky but definitely adult. Here are a few of our favorites:

Kokka is a lot more whimsical, featuring cute animals and letters. Ideal for pajamas or quilts for kids - or kids-at-heart!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Polartec Fleece

New at Treadle, by popular demand, we have a selection of polar fleece!

This superb quality Malden Mills Polartec is double-sided, so it's plush and soft however you turn it. It's available in a rainbow of saturated colors - you'll find one just right for a blanket, vest, or coat to keep out the cold! It has great stretch and doesn't ravel, so it's a perfect choice for easy projects that keep the finish work to a minimum.

Come into Treadle today and find something to help you stay cozy!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


At Treadle we are celebrating the beginning of the holiday gift making and giving season with savings for you.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving and will be opening at the civilized hour of 10 a.m. on Friday, November 29.  We invite you to visit Treadle on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 29, 30, and December 1 for savings of 20% on all fabric and ribbons.  

Enjoy 20% off all regularly priced fabrics and take an additional 20% off all sale fabrics!

Sew up a fun hostess apron, cozy flannel loungers, unique pillowcases, a warm wool muffler or a beautiful silk infinity scarf.  We have the ideas, know how and raw materials to help you find something for everyone on your list.  We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Batik Flannel

If you love cotton batik, you’ll surely love these new cotton flannel batiks at Treadle.

These soft cotton flannels are made with resist and tie-dye techniques to create a rich, saturated fabric with a totally unique design! Every yard is slightly different; there are no exact repeats.

Like all flannels, these are perfect for quilting and pajamas, but the batik dye effect will give a wonderfully different look to your projects!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Novelty Prints

Treadle specializes in garment fabrics, but we also love to have an assortment of whimsical novelty prints. From kitchen-themed prints to animals and plants, or images of clothing and people, novelty prints are just fun!

Prints like these are great for quilting or curtains. Or indulge your quirky side with a pair of unique pajama pants!

Here are a few of the highlights of our current novelty print selection:

There's so much more in our store! Come take a look!

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Corduroy!

We have a new group of soft, medium-wale corduroy in the store, in several rich, saturated colors. The perfect cozy, easy-care, easy-sew fabric for chilly autumn and winter days! This is a nice supple bottomweight, ideal for pants, skirts, or jackets.

Here are just a few of the luscious colors we have in stock at Treadle:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

a knit top

A new display garment in our store is this chic knit top made by Treadle owner Mary. The pattern is McCall's 6796, made in a beautiful variegated green knit. The drapey rayon blend skims your curves without clinging.

Here's a close up of that great collar. Details like this really take your basic tee from ho-hum to wow!

Monday, November 11, 2013

New Anna Maria Horner prints

We have tons of new cotton prints in the store, including a great collection from amazing designer Anna Maria Horner! Here are a few of the highlights:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sewing Expo Teachers visit Treadle!

We had a surprise visit yesterday at Treadle from two of our favorite sewing celebrities, Kathy Ruddy & Lorraine Henry. Treadlette Michele was able to snap a photo of them with some of the lovely fabric goodies they found in our store.

Kathy & Lorraine arrived yesterday for the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, where each of them will be teaching workshops on fitting and design. We were delighted that Treadle was their first stop! 

The Expo runs Thursday through Saturday Nov 7-9 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. It is definitely worth a visit to recharge your creativity, then stop at Treadle and let us help you choose the perfect fabric for your project! We love show & tell!

Monday, November 4, 2013

a sweet dress

Take a look at this sweet dress for a little girl, made by Treadlette Jess.

Jess used the Apple-Picking Dress pattern from Oliver + S, an independent pattern company renowned for their adorable children's designs.

Sweet details here include a softly gathered skirt, a bow at the neck, double rows of buttons, and 3/4 length sleeves gathered into a narrow band. Love how Jess matched the button colors to the balloons in the print!

 This fabric is part of a group by Marisa for Andover, which also includes this adorable print. Hold on tight, guys!