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July 9, 2006

Fabric Shopping on Vacation

Filed under: Fabric — Gorgeous Things @ 3:37 pm

I just spent a week on the island of Saint Croix in the US Virgin Islands with my family and my best friend and her family. It was a wonderful vacation, and much needed after a month of incredible stress, thanks to serious illness in my extended family. Saint Croix is a one of my favorite places in the world. I love the people, I love the weather, I love the topography and music – it’s just wonderful. If you have the opportunity, do visit there.

While we were there, we did the usual things, including:
Admiring the sunsets in Christiansted harbor

SCUBA diving with the kids

Celebrating the proud, piratical heritage of the island with soused 20-somethings

And of course,
Feeding beer to swine.

But this would not be a Sewing Diva vacation if I didn’t manage to squeeze in a visit to a local fabric emporium. I was pleased to find that there are at least two on the island. Forgive me if there are more, but these were the only ones I found on my travels. One, heading toward Fredricksted on the west side of the island, is called Fabric Town. I saw it on the way back home from a diving trip. Everyone was tired and salt-encrusted, so I didn’t have a chance to stop there, alas. Hopefully next time.

The second was a larger store in Christiansted, called Divi Divi Fabrics:

What a fun discovery that was! The store is located on Company Street, and it has a well thought and chosen selection of fabrics. It is also a Bernina dealer, and services all makes of machines. There were a lot of people, okay, women, going in and out, and the store was steadily busy on a Friday. It made me want to move to St. Croix even more than I usually do. The staff was friendly but somewhat reserved. But when I said that I am an author for Threads Magazine, and would they mind if I looked around and took some pictures they enthusiastically said, “Go ahead!”

The Back of the store:
houses the notions and a lot of craft-oriented items, along with some pretty rayon batiks. There was a large selection of ribbons up on the left balcony in the back room. There were also many beads and trims, along with a standard selection of notions:

Up front, they had a lovely selection of batiks, both rayon and cotton. In the cabinet by the register they also had some beautiful silks and laces, along with a stunning ecru quilted, beaded satin that I could see as a fabulous jacket.

I ended up buying a bunch of African cottons. My husband and sons love Aloha shirts (or Gig shirts, as my husband the saxophone player calls them). I’m not sure exactly what I will make for myself, but you’ll hear about it when I decide. There was one more fabulous thing in the store, and I regret that I didn’t take a picture of it. They had the most amazing selection of tiaras that I have seen. They were in the display case right when you walk in the store, and they were magnificent.

I didn’t have nearly as much time to spend in Divi Divi as I would have liked, but the next time I get down there, I will definitely ditch the family at the pool and spend a long time talking with the owners and delving deeper into the stock. It was a lovely sewing diversion on a lovely island.

Happy sewing



  1. Did any of those young maties look like Johnny Depp? That alone would be worth a trip ! 😀

    Comment by Phyllis — July 9, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

  2. Ah, paradise is complete! Thanks for the tour. Hello, Divi Divi!

    Comment by Mary Beth — July 9, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  3. The beer-swilling pig did it for me…. and I thought Jimmy Buffett songs had covered it all.

    Comment by Karla — July 9, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

  4. Waah! I want to go! Where do I sign up?

    Comment by Georgene — July 10, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  5. How fun! It looks like you all had a fabulous time! I can’t wait to see those shirts.

    Comment by Gigi — July 11, 2006 @ 8:18 am

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