“Much of the social history of early America has been lost to us precisely because women were expected to use needles rather than pens. Yet if textiles are in one sense an emblem of women’s oppression, they have also been an almost universal medium of female expression. If historians are to understand the lives of women in times past, they must not only cherish the Anne Bradstreets and Martha Ballards who mastered the mysterious ways of quill pens, they must also decipher work composed in yarn and thread.” —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian  

The final published articles, interviews, and essays (for now) of the 21 Years Celebration will be shared this Friday. Natalie and all of us at Alabama Chanin would like to thank our friends, family, community, collaborators and contributors who have supported the twenty-one year journey and this project. Thank you one and all. 

Look for the final entries of this chapter arriving in the 21 Years Celebration this Friday.  

@ Alabama Chanin  

In-Stock Holiday Shop: Our favorite ready-to-ship gifts, arriving in time to give and enjoy through the holidays. 

Zero Waste Collection: Ready-to-ship, one-of-a-kind styles 

Core Essentials: Made-to-order styles available until December 15th for holiday delivery 

We’ve organized an overview of production and shipping deadlines to help you understand your holiday purchase timeline. 

December 15th | Last day for made-to-order Alabama Chanin Core machine-sewn orders 

December 16th | Last day for The School of Making DIY kits  

December 21st | Last day for 2-day shipments  

December 22nd | Overnight shipments begin 

@ The School of Making  

In-Stock Holiday Shop: Explore a selection of maker-approved gifts ranging from newly released DIY kits, sustainable materials, and essential tools + notions to celebrate the art of making this season. 

DIY Kits: Made-to-order kits and projects available until December 16th for holiday delivery 

Pre-order now for January delivery of Swatch of the Month 2022. Swatch of the Month marries our values of design and craft with sustainably sourced fabrics, offering sewers the opportunity to experiment at home with our techniques and designs. 2022 commemorates the 10th anniversary of the publishing of Alabama Studio Sewing + Designwhich is our inspiration for the forthcoming 2022 subscription program. Each fabric swatch will feature techniques and stencil designs from the studio book, which provides an encyclopedic view of our embellishment techniques. Look for a special edition of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design with a new cover and updated introduction to be released in early 2022.  

@ The Factory     

Shop with us for the holidays. Plan your visit to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team, experience Alabama Chanin in-person, and learn more about our commitment to responsible production, sustainable practices, and thoughtful design.   


Monday by appointment only   
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm        
Saturday and Sunday | Closed            

Visit us at:        
462 Lane Drive        
Florence, Alabama 35630   

Catherine Counts:
+1.256.760.1090 x 114

Lily Rausch:
+1.256.760.1090 x 108

Haley Heinkel:
+1.256.760.1090 x 116

Lead image: “Aunt Mag’s Fried Chicken” quilt, embroidered with a recipe and story from Natalie’s maternal great-aunt; “Faye Davis” quilt, embroidered with a story from Faye, who worked with Tee Jays, Project Alabama, and Alabama Chanin, 2008Slides 5–7: “It Was a Time of Celebration” quilt and details, 2008, photographs by Robert Rausch

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