The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest — Virginia Shops, Part 5: Old Town Needlecrafts in Manassas

Jannette at Old Town Needlecrafts

When you set out to find quilt shops and tell their stories, you very soon discover that, while quilt shops are full of fabric and batting, patterns and thread, and each shop has a different selection of all of the above, the heart of each shop is centered among people.

And each quilt shop’s stories are about the people who go there: the shop owners, the staff, the teachers, the quilters, the customers. the kids who tag along with their mothers.

This is Jannette, the owner of Old Town Needlecrafts.

 

 

 

Roger at Old Town Needlecrafts

And this is Roger, her right-hand man, machine technician, and husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is Old Town Needlecrafts of Manassas VA

 

Old Town Needlecrafts Storefront

Old Town Needlecrafts began in 1989 as a yarn and needlework store. They carried a wide variety of needlecrafts, from counted cross-stitch to crewel embroidery, as well as supplies for knitting and crochet. And Jannette was at the center of it all. Then, one day in 1998, Jannette found herself in a bit of a jam. She’d promised to make a quilt for a local guild’s quilt show and the deadline was looming. So, she took the quilt with her to work on when the shop wasn’t busy. And customers saw it. And liked it. And wanted to learn how to quilt. So, Jannette taught a beginning quilting class — hand piecing and hand quilting — to about twelve eager students, using kits she’d assembled from her own fabric stash. And her students liked it and wanted another class. And the second class was also a success, but her personal stash was being rapidly depleted. So she bought a few bolts of fabric to add to the shop’s stock. And fifteen years later, Old Time Needlecrafts looks like this:

 

 

Fabric at Old Town Needlecrafts

And this:

Even More Fabric at Old Town Needlecrafts

And this:

Lynnie Examines the Oriental Fabric Collection at Old Town Needlecrafts

There’s even fabric stashed under the cutting table.

Fabric under the Cutting Counter at Old Town Needlecrafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And stacks of fat quarters on the counter:

 

Stacks of Fat Quarters at Old Town Needlecrafts

There are sample quilts for inspiration, too.

 

Butterfly Quilt at Old Town Needlecrafts

Stack and Whack Quilt at Old Town Needlecrafts

Pretty Pink Quilt at Old Town Needlecrafts

 

And patterns and notions galore:

 

Patterns and Fabric at Old Town Needlecrafts

And Elna sewing machines.

 

Old Town Needlecrafts is an Elna machine dealer

There’s still yarn at Old Town Needlecrafts.

 

Yarn at Old Town Needlecrafts

Lots of yarn, and patterns and classes to go with it.

 

More Yarn at Old Town Needlecrafts

 

This is Abby, the official shop greeter and mascot, and all-around sweetheart.

 

Abby at Old Town Needlecrafts

 

Abby has her own fan club. One customer saw Abby’s picture on the shop website, came into the shop just to meet her, and then stayed to buy fabric.

 

Roger looks on as Abby greets Lynnie

Every quilt shop has something really exciting going on. At Old Town Needlecrafts, it’s the Strip Club.

 

 

Jannette showed us one of her own Strip Club quilts.

 

Jannette Shows Lynnie her Strip Club Quilt

 

And then in came Strip Club member Marcy with her own Strip Club creations. This one’s called, “Do You Zig When You Zag”.

 

Marcy Shows Off Her Strip Club Quilt, 'Do You Zig When You Zag'

I loved the way Marcy had pieced her quilt’s back.

 

Marcy Pieced the Back for 'Do You Zig When You Zag'

And she showed us her latest Strip Club project. Very impressive work for someone who’s only been quilting for two years! Thanks, Marcy.

 

Marcy and Her Latest Strip Club Top at Old Town Needlecrafts

Can’t you tell they’re having some wonderful fun stripping in Manassas?

 

Quilting is a communal activity, and most quilt shops become community centers and gathering places for friends. We asked Jannette to tell us Old Town Needlecrafts’ story.

 

 

Old Town Needlecrafts is a fun and friendly place.

 

Things to Know about Old Town Needlecrafts and Manassas VA

Website:  www.oldtownneedle.com

What to see in Manassas: In addition to the Civil War battlefields and museums, Old Town Manassas has a lively selection of restaurants and shops. The Historic Manassas Train Depot houses a visitors center and the James and Marion Payne Railroad Heritage Gallery. Each June, they host a Heritage Railway Festival that draws thousands of visitors.

Where to eat lunch:  Jannette recommends Adam’s Pizza and Subs (9784 Center St) just a few doors down from her shop. A couple of blocks down Center Street, you’ll also find Katerina’s Greek Cuisine (9212 Center Street).

 

 

 

 

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One Response to The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest — Virginia Shops, Part 5: Old Town Needlecrafts in Manassas

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been looking for cpunyed cross stitch for twemty years a booklet i think from dimension the cover eas a boy in blue old 17th century if not older. It was the hidden inside pattern i am seeking.
    Of a farm in autumn all on coinyed cross stitch. The animals are not in realistic form
    Looking at it there is a corn field with a scarecrow above tress of apples oranges a sauirrel and bluebird on the side fence. Pumpkins in the field. In the farm yard centered is pigs in mud cbickens horse dog cat pn the house fence. Cows all this in tiny cross stitch. You can see the cross stitch clearly. The animals are
    Not of modern stitches. Which makes it all that much special.
    On the left side is a pond with fish turtle swan ducks snake in it. Above a nountain with a goat on top etc. So much more. The thing is i feel someone has it and will not release it it is that nice. The point is my daughter asked me about it
    It was meant for her. A special fift because sge was never adopted by ger step father. I knew she felt bad about this. So i had gone to maine with inyentions to finish it. I had it in my suitcase while at a so called old friends home there. When i left it eas not on good terms and didnt get to my suitcase till months later to discover my cross stitch was completely gone. I had it in a plastic bag with the booklet instructions. I guessed that his grand daughter had stolen it from me. She was then eight years old. Going through her own turmoil of being shunned by her family. So i would think ir was her. When i tried to call several times rhey do not answer my calls at all. Probably they know the trurh. This brings me to you in hope you can help me. My name is barbara brown please contact me if you so choose to. I am on pins and needles over this matter. I wanted to give my daughter something to remember me for. I bought the booklet in westerly rhode island. The store was one of those country tiny town hidden gems. 1983 my youngest was born. She was three or five
    chwhen i bought it. Please please help me replace this special dream.

    Sincerely
    Barbara Brown

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