Tinsmith and Metal Work An Amana tradition from the start Metalwork has been taking place in the Colonies from the beginning. These artisans are keeping…
During Amana’s Communal Era, it seems that every woman was involved with some sort of needlework as a hobby. From knitting mittens and hats to putting up a quilting frame and stitching the unique Amana Colonies’ quilts where the pattern is done with the needlework and not be different fabrics. This unique style is still made by Colony Omas (Grandmothers) for special occasions like weddings and newborns, it’s a tradition in the Amanas.
Today, you’ll find that this hobby continues and our needlework shops are world class offering a variety of products. If you love to do needlework you must stop at these shops.
Listings for Quilting and Needlework
- Owner Chris Davies and her staff invite you to experience Heritage Designs, a destination for quilters, stitchers and those who love the needle arts. Heritage Designs Quilting & Needlework was established in 1976 and is located in a renovated old granary built in 1895 in the heart of historic Amana. With 14 foot ceilings, the space is perfect for showcasing the shop’s HUNDREDS OF SAMPLE PIECES that are sure to inspire your creativity. In addition to being a full service quilt shop with nearly 4000 fabrics, you can find a full line of supplies for counted cross-stitch, punchneedle, embroidery and tatting. In 2009 Heritage Designs was selected and featured as a Top 10 Quilt Shop in North America by Quilt Sampler magazine. Known throughout the Midwest for an extensive collection of batik fabrics and Asian prints, other fabrics include a treasury of reproduction lines including Civil War and 1930s, as well as a wide variety of designer lines, basics & solids, and classic favorites. There is something for every taste. Browse a wide selection of quilt kits, patterns, books and notions including Dovo scissors from Germany and other unique accessories. Located next to the Amana Visitor’s Center, with ample parking and handicap accessibility, the shop is open 7 days a week with general hours Mon-Sat 9-5 and Sundays 11-4. When you visit be sure to inquire about upcoming events and take advantage of assistance from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. No matter what your style or skill level, you’re sure to leave with a treasure and a smile when you visit Heritage Designs in the heart of beautiful Amana.
- Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts has a unique and inviting collection of Handmade Iowa quilts, antique quilts, fabric and Stephanie Brandenburg and Frond Design Studios fabrics, architectural antiques, antique furniture, gifts, cards, home decorating, garden, florals, sweets and beverages. There are 3 floors brimming with wonderful items to decorate your own home. Open year-round!
- Something for everyone! Creative Colony has whatever style you’re looking for, country to Americana, primitive to contemporary. You’ll be amazed at the diversity of our handcrafted products. We carry items for your home; furniture, framed art work, flower arrangements, quilts, baskets, pottery, kitchen wares, hand-woven rugs, and soy candles. We have unique gift ideas; soaps and lotions, fused glass and stained glass, whimsical signs, garden art and pet accessories. For the personal touch; we have jewelry, hand-woven scarves, stylish purses, appliqued t-shirts and sweatshirts. Our children’s room offers doll clothes, wooden toys, bibs, blankets and small treasures. No matter what your favorite holiday, our Holiday rooms will surprise and delight you with decorating options. From our homes to yours. We want you to realize the care and quality workmanship that goes into our handcrafted products, many one-of-a-kind, knowing that you’ve purchased a treasure that will last for many years.
- Amana Colonies Antiques is located on Main Street in the village of Amana–across from Lehm Books and The Visitors Center, next to The Chocolate Haus. It is housed in an original Amana communal kitchen. There are seven areas; totally filled with quality antiques and featuring old toys, advertisement, vintage paper, primitives, quilts, paintings, kitchen and household.
- The Amana Arts Guild Center offers a unique attic art gallery and sales shop experience. We specialize in all kinds of “Handmade in Amana” items and we feature rotating exhibits throughout the season. We have baskets, quilts, tinware, blacksmithing, woodwork, toys, pottery, rag rugs, door locks, needlework, brooms, cookbooks and more. We are open May 2 through September 30; weekends only in October, other times by appointment. Special events for the gallery exhibits for 2018 include the World War I Project, a collaboration with the Amana Heritage Museum, the Greater Amana Area Art Show July 5-September 3 and Susanne Sudmeier “Recent Works” exhibit September 6 through November 5th. We are open daily 10:30am-4:30pm, Sunday from 11am-4pm, closed Tuesdays
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