Each year Alabama Chanin hosts a community picnic—a time for employees, artisans, collaborators, supporters, and members of the community to gather and celebrate. It gives us the opportunity to say hello to each of you, spend time together, and give thanks for the beautiful work and support we receive throughout the year. What started at Lovelace Crossroads (Natalie’s home and original production office) transitioned into an annual spring open house at The Factory.

This year we’re switching it up a bit with an expanded series of events at multiple locations across the community. The four-day event kicks off with our first Friends of the Café Dinner of 2018 featuring chef Steven Satterfield, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance on Thursday, April 12th. We’re eager to welcome the James Beard-award winning chef from Atlanta to set up shop in our kitchen.


Events continue Friday with a Custom Design Workshop at The Factory and an evening cocktail workshop hosted at 116 E. Mobile, a local venue and event space run by our friends at Single Lock Records. The cocktail workshop is in collaboration with friends Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. and Cathead Distillery. Participants (must be 21 or older) will learn to expertly craft their own cocktails while enjoying libations and small bites.


Saturday will include a series mini workshops on embroidery, stenciling and design customization, a BBQ lunch celebrating our talented artisans, a booth with our friends from Bluewater Creek Farm, the history of the company with Natalie, a stenciling booth, tours of The Factory, and a special Swampette tour of Shoals music venues. The weekend will wrap up on Sunday with a family-style brunch (two seatings) featuring Nashville’s famous Biscuit Love.

The Gathering 2018 will take place Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th. Mark your calendars and plan a long weekend with us in the Shoals.

We’ll highlight our collaborators Jack Rudy, Cathead, and Biscuit Love on the Journal in the coming months…stay tuned.



Thursday, April 12th
6:00pm  Friends of the Café | Steven Satterfield

Friday, April 13th
10:00am  Custom DIY Workshop
11:00 – 2:00pm  Lunch @ The Factory
2:00pm  The Factory Tour
6:00pm  Jack Rudy + Cathead Cocktail Workshop @ 116 E. Mobile

Saturday, April 14th
9:00am – 10:00am  One-Hour Embroidery Stitches Workshop
10:00am Doors Open
10:30am  The Factory Tour
10:00 – 2:00pm  Stenciling Booth
11:00am – 12:00pm   One-Hour T-Shirt Workshop
11:00am  Lunch + Artisan Recognition
1:00pm  History of the Company with Natalie
2:30pm  Swampette Tour (Pre-registration required.)

Sunday, April 15th
10:30am  Biscuit Love Brunch: First seating
12:30am  Biscuit Love Brunch: Second seating

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  1. Samantha

    I’m so excited to visit Alabama Chanin this coming weekend! What is the difference between the Stenciling Booth and the One-Hour T-Shirt Workshop, please? I have an AC crew tee in natural that I am excited to dress up with a fresh design.

    1. Alabama

      We are so glad you are excited to visit us here at The Factory, Samantha.
      Our stenciling booth is a walk-up feature at The Gathering. You may bring your own t-shirt, or purchase an organic tee from us, and have it stenciled. You can choose from a number of our placement stencils, and the cost is only $5. The stenciling booth will be open from 10am-2pm.

      Our T-shirt workshop is currently Sold-Out, but we would be happy to place you on the waiting list if you wish. The stenciling techniques we use here at Alabama Chanin will be taught, along with the basics of reverse appliqué. You can also bring your own t-shirt to the workshop, or purchase one here. The workshop is on Saturday, April 14th, from 11am – 12pm. The cost is $58, and includes instruction, notions and material, and access to stencils.

      Looking forward to seeing you here at The Factory!