We have been posting views of the build out of JP Knit & Stitch over the last few weeks, now we want to devote this post to the person who has made it all possible…the amazing Bobbi Davis: interior designer, architect, lighting specialist, problem solver, and idea factory. Here is Bobbi with the absolutely adorable and critical 3-D model she made for us after our very first meeting. We came to Bobbi at the very beginning of this project and presented her with our vision: a full service yarn and fabric store with a community soul. We wanted lots of well laid out spaces for a huge assortment of yarn, we wanted customizable fabric shelves, we wanted a computer resource area for our customers to look up free patterns on the web, we wanted a sewing area, we wanted a kitchenette, we wanted a work table, we wanted a living room, we wanted a kids area…in short, we wanted it all. And Bobbi Davis delivered. She took an empty 1450 square foot box with a lot of peculiarities (those poles!) and methodically, tirelessly worked to realize our vision. We all spent many an hour together in her treetop studio pouring over plans and watching Bobbi sketch out our dream. This photo is pure Bobbi: she came up with the most amazingly detailed, meticulous plans for every nook and cranny of the space, not to mention the extensive electrical plan. She created for us (and colored it in) elevations, scale drawings, plans, floor maps…all to help us understand her vision for creating this space. (That Prismacolor box is just as cool as you imagine…a rainbow of colored pencils to play with.)Here is a top view of the model Bobbi built for us. We think we’re going to shellack it and keep it as a memento of our journey from empty space to full service yarn + fabric store. This model was invaluable to us in the beginning as we struggled to visualize the space. Study this model and then come into JP Knit & Stitch. See how complete Bobbi’s vision was from the beginning.We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with Bobbi. We want to thank her for making our dream a reality. We couldn’t have done it without her. xo JP Knit & Stitch.p.s. We are hoping to interview Bobbi about her work in an upcoming post, including her time as the display designer for all 32 windows at the downtown Boston Filene’s Department Store…and wait until you see the needlepointed shoes her husband made for her…
Greg and Timmy from Hurley-Testa discussing how they are going to enclose and electrify the pole in the sewing area. They are standing at the very edge of the area, next to the built in ironing board (all sewers know that one cannot sew without an iron). Here you can see the ironing area leading into the work space where the sewing machines will live. We are so thrilled that we can offer access to sewing machines during our opening hours (and of course for sewing classes). The sewing area is tucked away in the back corner of the store for maximum peace and quiet for working on projects. A shot of the enclosed pole. The electrical outlet is on the other side. Thanks, Timmy, so handy and..so beautiful!Here’s the wonderful Antonio who is putting the finishing touches on the paint job in the sewing area. (He has been doing A LOT of painting…) We feel lucky to have such amazing workers building out JP Knit & Stitch.
When we first looked at this space last summer, one of the reasons we choose it (apart from it’s great size + location) was because we fell in love with the huge windows overlooking Centre Street. As soon as we walked in we looked at each other and the huge windows and had the same thought: perfect for knitting circles, leafing through patterns, and just a generally great place to hang out and think about making something. We immediately saw comfortable chairs, built in window seats…a community gathering place. Our motto is “be inspired” and, well, we were inspired by this space, especially the giant, sunny, open windows. So now, all these months later, we have taken to calling this part of the store the “living room.” Our contractors built these wonderful window seats all the way around the front part of the store. It’s kind of hard to capture the whole feeling in a photo, but we think it works really well in the space. Here you can see the base of the yarn cubbies drying out on the window seats. We found out later after many conversations with the wonderful Kat (the owner of Petal & Leaf who occupied this space for eight years…now located at 48 South Street) that she actually put in three of the windows you see here before opening her store. Thanks, Kat! And while we’re at it, a big shout out to Kat for being so very generous with her time talking us through her experiences in this space over eight years. It was a big help to us as we were trying to make a decision about whether or not to sign a lease. (We are so thankful we did!)So, this is the JP Knit & Stitch living room. Imagine how it will look with our JP Knit & Stitch fabric covered cushions (sneak peak coming soon) and aqua blue fabric covered chairs. We can’t wait.
As promised, some photos of the yarn wall build out. Here is the bare wall with just the tape to indicate where the yarn cubbies are going.
The yarn wall with the vertical slats installed. Each jut out along the wall creates a discrete yarn alcove. In each alcove is a countertop along one side. Here you can lay out multiple skeins of yarn, open a pattern book, or just put your bag down while you shop. Our goal throughout the store was to create a beautiful but also functional space to browse yarn and fabric.
Imagine these cubbies stocked full of a rainbow of colors and textures and fibers!