Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

20 YEARS @ RURAL STUDIO + SCOTT PEACOCK

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I have a deep respect and admiration for the work happening at Rural Studio, located in Hale County, Alabama. Founded in 1993 by the late Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and D.K. Ruth, the studio is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

After having the chance to visit the stunning Yancey Chapel in 2008, I noted on the Journal that “the work and life of Samuel Mockbee is a yardstick for us to hold up to our lives each and every day to take measure of the road that we walk on this planet.”

I will be heading to Hale County this weekend, for a special dinner and pig roast as part of their yearlong 20th anniversary celebration. My friend (and acclaimed chef) Scott Peacock is preparing the menu and family-style meal. The evening will be a celebration of Rural Studio and an acknowledgement of their ongoing community project at Rural Studio Farm—where students are working to construct a greenhouse, irrigation system, planter beds, and more. In fact, a few of the vegetables that will be served over the weekend were grown by students at the farm. The Hale County community is contributing to the dinner, providing fresh hen eggs for deviled eggs and the local pig that was raised to be roasted just for this occasion. Friends of Rural Studio are also making contributions—Alabama Chanin donated 170 organic cotton jersey napkins for the event, which students of the studio will manipulate and design for the dinner. It will be an evening filled with laughter, community, delicious food, and storytelling.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.17.2014 – 3.21.2014

THE-FACTORY-THIS-WEEK-313“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
–William Morris

What a nice reminder to stop and enjoy the little things in life this week.
Hoping that we see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21:

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Visit us at The Factory this week and save 15% on our selection of organic cotton ponchos. Available in lightweight or medium-weight cotton jersey, ponchos are versatile cover-ups and the perfect accessory for springtime.

*In-store purchases only, March 17 – 21.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information, style tips, and assistance with orders.

There are also still a few spots open for our upcoming Weekend Workshop April 4 – 6 at The Factory. Visit here for more information and to register.

Store Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 3:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

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Join us in the café for lunch this week for a bowl of our popular tomato soup or our new weekly special—house made crepes filled with roasted seasonal vegetables, ricotta, and bacon—easily one of my favorite savory dishes we serve.
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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.10.2014 – 3.14.2014

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
-Marcel Proust

Hoping that you have a great week and that we see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 14:

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Visit us at The Factory this week for our “Lucky Sale”. Save 15% on products and custom garment orders in Lime (in addition to fabric yardage in Emerald, Leaf Green, Moss, Ochre, and Forest).

*In-store purchases only, March 10 – 17.

Store Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 3:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us in the café for lunch, a sweet treat, or coffee. Our savory puff pastries have been a popular dish the past few weeks, and are featured as this week’s special.
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NEWSLETTER #14

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Newsletter #14 includes more additions to the new Alabama Chanin collection; it also features our manufacturing collaboration with Little River Sock Mill.

Find fresh, seasonal colors of our Cocktail Napkins and Organic Cotton Jersey Napkins – and a new workshop this May, the Alabama Chanin DIY Chair Workshop @ Southern Makers, Montgomery, Alabama.

We invite you to join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up with new products, news, and stories featured on our Journal.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.3.2014 – 3.7.2014

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“Remember—if you’re up for reading and learning (and so many studies show that successful people almost always are), you have access to the most amazing minds and consummate creativity the world has to offer you any time you want. The stories we glean from what we read can resonate as powerfully as what we might hear in person. As Gary Snyder says so beautifully, ‘Books are our grandparents.’”
–Ari Weinzweig, A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves

Tomorrow is Read Across America Day, and my love of books and reading is no secret. As a designer, I find inspiration inside books; as a business owner, I find critical information that has helped me grow who we are as a business and who I am as an entrepreneur. A few weeks ago, our staff began a study group to work through Ari’s latest book, and the excerpt above about the importance of books really hit home.

Hoping that you will all have a great week—full of reading and discovery—and that we will see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 7:

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This week, in honor of Read Across America, we are having an in-store special on our selection of books. Come by and browse our library and receive 10% off of any book purchase.

Also, make plans to join us for First Mondays at The Factory, March 3 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

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TWO-HOUR WORKSHOP + AFTERNOON TEA

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Our first workshop of the year is this Friday at The Factory in Florence. It’s not too late to register and spend the afternoon with Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team. Registration closes at noon on Wednesday, February 26.

This workshop is suited to beginner and experienced sewers alike. Work with Natalie and our Alabama Chanin DIY Kits to create a project from our Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, or Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. DIY Kit options for this workshop include one of the following projects: scarf, T-shirt, set of four tea towels, set of four placemats, baby blanket, onesie, apron, or journal.

After the workshop, join us in The Factory Café for Afternoon Tea (a selection of gourmet sandwiches, savory pastries, Southern-inspired sweets, and an assortment of teas and coffees). The cost of the workshop includes materials, instruction, afternoon tea, stories, and laughter.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.24.2014 – 2.28.2014

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“We are celebrating a generation of makers. We are reshaping how people consume and interpret the handmade. I want to remind people that craft is what you make it… It is a labor of love, appreciation, and respect.”
–Faythe Levine, Handmade Nation

At Alabama Chanin, we like to describe ourselves as makers and educators, working to elevate and merge design, craft, and fashion. We hope to see you this week at The Factory and that you may be inspired to create something yourself…
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28:

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This week, we are having an in-store special on stenciled fat eighths. Come browse our Studio Style DIY section, and receive a 15% discount on our selection of fat eighths—9” x 20” pieces from our 100% organic cotton jersey. They are perfect for quilting, appliqué, placement reverse appliqué, and small projects.

Also, there is still time to sign up for our Two-Hour Workshop + Afternoon Tea, happening this Friday at The Factory.
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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.17.2014 – 2.21.2014

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“A soup course is almost always welcome. The simplicity of aromatic sweet vegetables slowly simmered with a fragrant chicken broth makes me very happy. Soups are a healthy way to transfer seasonal vegetables into soul-satisfying dishes.”
–Frank Stitt, Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

We are in the thick of winter here in Alabama, and hearty soups and stews are, indeed, always welcome at my table. This week, The Factory Café is featuring a roasted root vegetable soup that some might describe as “soul-satisfying.”

Hoping that we will see you soon (now that the ‘Alabama snow’ has cleared),
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21:

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Join us in the café this week to experience some of our new menu items, including creamy polenta, savory puff pastries, and grilled cheese sandwiches (perfect for picky eaters, age seven and under).
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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.10.2014 – 2.14.2014

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Ari Weinzweig’s newest book, A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves, arrived a few weeks ago and our staff began a study group to work through Ari’s words of wisdom. This quote from page 27 is a favorite:

“In a little book that might well be considered a minor masterpiece, Life is a Miracle, Wendell Berry explains the art of self-management. ‘Good artists,’ he argues, ‘are people who can stick things together so that they stay stuck. They know how to gather things into formal arrangements that are intelligible, memorable, and lasting. Good forms confer health upon the things that they gather together. Farms, families, and communities are forms of art just as are poems, paintings, and symphonies. None of these things would exist if we did not make them. We can make them either well, or poorly; this choice is another thing that we can make.’”

Hoping that you will all have a great week and that we will see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14:

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Stop by the café one morning this week and grab a late breakfast (and a cup of our Factory blend coffee), or take a break from work and enjoy a relaxing lunch in our space. Be sure to stop by with your Valentine to pick up some sweet treats. We’ve also updated our menu this week with our popular kale, white bean, and sausage soup:
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NEWSLETTER #13

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Newsletter #13 showcases many new additions to the Alabama Chanin website, including our new collection, our machine-made line A. Chanin, and our online Lookbook for a close-up view at styling details.

Read about our growing family of businesses and save on Natalie’s Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric class on Craftsy.com.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up with our latest news, new products, and stories featured on our Journal.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.
xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin