What it is:
A fabric oasis for couturiers and crafters.
Where to find it:
Part of the Lorraine Mills development, it’s easy to spot with its blue awning and colorful sign topped by a lighted
What makes it a Rhody Gem?
It’s easy to lose track of time at this enormous fabric warehouse. Whether you are looking for heavy wool for a custom coat, demure linen for a party dress, or a more sturdy weave for a handmade carpet or custom upholstery, Lorraine Fabrics has it, and likely in more than one color and pattern. At this family-owned Pawtucket institution founded in 1908, yards upon yards of fabric rolls fill the old mill building; its huge assortment of cloth and notions at discount prices make it the go-to store for Rhode Island’s apparel designers and fabric crafters. Sewing machine needles, thread, scissors, and more make this a one-stop shop for creatives. Whether you are looking for something specific – from West African prints to fine lace to leather hides and remnants – or simply seeking a spark of creativity, this is a fabric geek’s nirvana. As one customer put it, “you can find anything here.” Bargain hunters, don’t miss the bins with even more budget-friendly finds.
Lorraine Fabrics • 593 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket • 401-722-9500
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