Women’s Boutique, Textile Art Gallery and Learning Center
We LOVE being in downtown Bellingham! You’ll find our boutique and textile art gallery at 1302 Commercial Street – in the Parkade building. Whether it’s sightseeing, sewing classes or shopping that brings folks through our doors, we thrive on getting to know each and every one!
Social Fabric is the relationships and connections we make with one another, making us all a part of the common thread of society as a whole. ~ Renee Sherrer
Much like the definition of Social Fabric, we aim to create connections which bind our community through our community events, boutique and classes!
We are BIG into up-cycling at Social Fabric. It’s evident in our own clothing designs, as well as the jewelry and accessories we have in our store. A perfect example would be Molly’s Vinyl Bags, made from advertising banners, or Tammy Rice’s purses and belts made from car and bicycle tire inner tubes and bicycle tires!
BUT, it’s not JUST about sustainability – it’s also the challenge of combining good design with up-cycled materials to make a new and beautiful thing! Join our Community! Subscribe to our newsletter or follow our FaceBook page!
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Social Fabric Team
RENEE SHERRER – Owner, Designer, Instructor, Boss’est with the Mostest
I’ve been working with textiles, specifically sewing, since I was about 8 years old. It just seemed a natural progression to use that interest to make art, which led me to get my MFA in Textiles at University of North Texas. I’ve taught a variety of subjects from sculpture to dyeing, drawing, fashion design and sewing at a long list of schools: West Texas State University, U of North Texas, Eastern Montana College, Whatcom Community College, Skagit Valley College, Ragfinery and The Foundry. NOTHING holds my interest like textiles; the engineering of a garment or a sculpture, the surface embellishment or just the texture and weave of a beautiful fabric. I created Social Fabric to expose people to the myriad of textile and sewing arts which are so under exhibited in a smaller community like Bellingham.
MOLLY CHAMBERS – Instructor, General All Around Creative Sewing Guru, Owner of Molly’s Machine Repair
Molly Chambers started sewing at age 11, making festive holiday outfits for her troll dolls. For the last four decades she has been sewing with vinyl, plastic, fabric, and up-cycled items. She has been teaching and selling her amazing creations in Bellingham since 1989. Molly is also a Sewing Machine Guru. She keeps things running smoothly and fixes a host of machine problems. Her skills and talents are so welcome at Social Fabric!
LINDA SUTHER – Sales Associate and Smartest Woman in the Room at any moment in time.
Linda is JUST what the doctor ordered for Social Fabric – someone who can help us stay organized AND she’s great with customers and display – HOW did we get so lucky! Linda has a lot of experience in the retail field and management and we are blessed to have her experience to keep us on the straight and narrow (NOT an easy task in a room full of creative geniuses!). We love her savoir-faire!!
KARIN MUELLER – Sales Associate, Merchandiser, General all around amazing artist and FUN lady!
Karin is a treasure who’s been working in retail fashion for a long time. She is often the most fashionable person in the room! She creates wonderful displays which exhibit her amazing artistic ability. Karin creates fun, interesting and stylish one-of-a-kind art pieces with recycled parts, found objects and even traded items from other artists. You MUST check out some of her artwork at her website: www.rejectart.com
BECKY COLEMAN – Sales Associate, Merchandiser, amazing lady and NICEST person in the room at any given time.
We were thinking we needed to add another person and looking around for a good fit, wondering where we’re going to find the perfect person and VOILA!, Todd told me about a lady who had just moved to Bellingham and was working part time at the Whatcom Museum. He said ‘she’d be PERFECT’ for Social Fabric and boy howdy, was he right! I met Becky and immediately knew she’d be a great addition to our SF family. She’s owned a business herself, is creative, and just about the most genuine and nicest person you could hope to know. Come in and meet Becky. We’re SO happy we found her!