Domesticity Fabric Shop and Craft Studio

A new shop in the heart of Lauraville seeks to fill the needs of modern domestics and fabric enthusiasts alike.

Nestled into a small space above Chop Shop Salon on Harford Road, Domesticity Fabric Shop and Craft Studio opened last week to cheers from Baltimore crafters looking for modern lines of high-quality cotton fabrics and a communal place to take classes and talk shop about sewing projects.

The shop will carry contemporary prints on high-quality fabrics. Trendy lines like Robert Koffman, Birch Organics, Cloud 9 Fabrics and Cotton + Steel, among others, are already in stock.

After spending eight years in Austin, founder Christina Brunyate returned to Baltimore earlier this year so she and her husband and children could be closer to family as they welcomed their third child. Brunyate had noticed the scarcity of independent fabric shops in the city long ago, and was surprised upon her return that nobody had opened one yet.

“Austin has at least three successful shops that carry this type of fabric,” she noted. With such an eager craft community here in Charm City, she said, surely Baltimore could support one.

In addition to a rapidly growing selection of fabrics, Domesticity sells sewing patterns from Grainline Studio, an online pattern shop featuring fashion-forward patterns drafted with a contemporary fit and clearly illustrated instructions.

In the future, the shop will also offer classes on how to follow such patterns, as well as how to use a sewing machine. Two machines parked permanently along one wall of the shop are offered for customer use at a $7.00/hour rental fee (or cheaper, if you buy hours in bulk).

The store is wonderful addition to the Lauraville/Hamilton area, and a welcome alternative to chain craft stores. It will join a limited number of independent businesses that Baltimore crafters have supported for decades.

Domesticity Fabric Shop and Craft Studio is located at 4321 Harford Road in the Lauraville neighborhood. Shop hours are Wednesday from 5- 9 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. More info is available on the store’s website.

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.

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