In the fall of 2009, The Linden Tree opened as a brick & mortar shop in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis at the intersection of 44th Street & Beard Avenue South. Our storefront is right across the street from the original Turtle Bread Company and next door to Brown & Greene Floral Market.
We originally opened with the intention of being a locally made, hand-crafted gift shop, with plans to carry a few dozen bolts of fabric and a few notions. We were thrilled to find that so many of our new customers entered the store with a gasp and then with kid-in-a-candy-store eyes whispered, "fabric"! Each time, we knew we had found a kindred spirit in our love of fabric and sewing. Before we knew it, we were swimming in beautiful fabric, ranging from designer quilting weight cotton to batiks, knits, flannel, Cuddle, voile, lawn, rayon challis, chiffon, corduroy, and double gauze. We became known as a unique little designer fabric boutique, with fine fabrics from companies such as Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry, Westminster/Free Spirit, Michael Miller, Shannon Fabrics, Hoffman, and more. And we carry fabric from local artists, including Cindy Lindgren.
We often heard comments such as, "I have my mom's old machine. She tried to teach me to sew and now I only wish I had learned". Or "my daughter really wants to learn how to sew, and I have no idea how to show her where to start". We saw so many people who wanted to connect with and to continue the time-honored tradition of women passing on this incredible female art form of sewing. How could we say no? So we began sharing our love of sewing - teaching other girls and women the same way we learned: with suggestions and encouragement from other women who were willing to lovingly pass on their knowledge and skills. No pretense, no criticism. Just helpful tips and a lot of TLC We began by responding to individual requests for basic introductory classes to learn how to use the coolest power tool there is. Now we offer classes for kids, teens and adults, including several beginning level courses, as well as classes for the more experienced sewists. Our classes cover a variety of areas including home dec, clothing, gifts, and quilting.
We also take on a limited number of custom orders. We work with a few excellent interior designers (and others with good taste) to create custom items (e.g., pillows, bench cushions, window treatments, etc.). We can monogram a gift to make it that much more personal, and we recently added custom machine embroidery. We have enjoyed making one-of-a-kind quilts, as well special clothing for kids and adults. And we love making anything for babies!
We are honored when customers entrust us with a project that is close to their hearts. Nothing is better than being there when they see the completed project for the first time! Their happiness is ours.
We do hope that you will come visit us soon.