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"Stop By and Get Inspired!"

By Courtney Clark

Burlington is home to Nido, a privately owned fabric store that is encouraging craftiness and creativity in the community. The shop aims to support handmade projects by offering fun classes such as sewing, knitting, and patchwork. The owner's work has helped to bring more inventiveness to Burlington, from a child's pair of mittens to holiday wreaths on neighborhood doors.

Phiona Milano had the idea to open her store more than six years ago. Always a person who enjoyed crafts, she found herself following "crafty mama blogs" and hand-making items for her family. As her love for beautiful fabric and textiles grew, Milano wanted to share her passion with the community. She says that her concept, in addition to teaching the community more about the do-it-yourself ethic, "was to stock specialty fabrics and yarns that were not widely available." With this, Nido was born.

Milano believes that learning to sew is valuable for not only does sewing "mend and care for ready-made items," but it also allows for unique creativity. Hand sewing, though slower, is "more about precision and process," while machine sewing produces very different results. Regardless of the method, being able to craft allows people to create a specific vision. From the materials to the patterns, Milano says that making something for yourself results in "something you love because you were able to make all of the decisions."

Of course, a fabric store is of little use if the community does not know how to put fabrics together, which is why Nido offers classes for all skill levels. The classes vary in topic and advancement: guests can learn to sew, knit, or do patchwork for everyday activities and items. Special classes are also offered based on the season, such as Holiday Wreath Making. The shop also offers classes for kids and an open craft night for any community member who is working on a project. At the end of most classes, students will bring home a finished product.

Milano believes that the DIY trend should not only be useful, but also visually appealing. For this reason, she is sure to stock beautiful fabrics. Milano's fabrics come from well-known designers and "small-batch, hand screen, printed fabrics." An example of the latter is from Maze & Vale, a textile- and print-making studio. By using fabrics that are hand-made, Nido continues to encourage the DIY trend. The store's yarns are from the northeast, but Nido is expanding to "include smaller dyers from around the country." In all, Nido is aiming to keep materials local to the United States.

Milano has made strides in the Burlington community. She continues to encourage creativity by offering American-made fabrics and local classes. With Nido's help, customers can learn to create their own projects and daily items. As the website invites, "Stop by and get inspired!"

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Courtney Clark graduated from Flagler College with a BA in English and Creative...

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