Grimes, whose parents purchased Textile Fabrics in 1980, took over the business in the early ‘90s and relocated the shop from Green Hills to the Melrose area about a decade later. In 2015, the business moved about a mile away to its current location on Craighead Street in Berry Hill.
Textile Fabrics carries a selection of fabrics created from natural, synthetic and manufactured fibers, which can be used for crafts, fashion, weddings and more. For those who visit the shop with ideas for projects, Grimes said sta members will work with customers to determine the best materials to use.
“We have an excellent staff with extensive sewing experience to advise and assist our customers,” Grimes said. “We take great pride in doing our best to help each person who comes in with any project, whether simple or challenging.”
Customers can find everything from linens and knits for summer sewing to woolens for suits, dresses and coats. Textile Fabrics also features a bridal section, which includes satins, trims, taffetas, veiling and other materials for designers to choose from.
However, since mid-March, the shop’s bestselling product has been quilting cotton, which can be used to create face masks, according to Grimes. The shop has also increased its supply of elastic to keep up with the demand.
“Since [sewers] in Nashville have risen to the challenge of making masks for COVID-19, we have sold more cotton, interfacing and elastic, and we continue to,” Grimes said.
Before reopening to the public May 10, the store was open by appointment only. But in that time, several customers made masks for area hospitals, while others bought supplies for family members and neighbors, according to Grimes.
“Our business was considered nonessential and closed, but because of demand, I took appointments and personally sold mask supplies through the pandemic,” Grimes said. “It was amazing to witness the willingness of sewers to help by contributing masks to the cause.”