OUTLOOK: Stitch-N-Frame attracts cross-country quilters

Published 7:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2022

Tucked down a country road behind an elementary school sits a little retail shop that one may find unassuming because of its location.

But that’s not the case for Stitch-N-Frame.

According to its new owner, Alecia Harrison, “We’re definitely a destination stop for people.”

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Quilters, she said, scope out retailers that specialize in quilting materials — so much so, she said, “There is a book out that shows quilt shops in each city and state and people will take trips to each one.”

Stitch-N-Frame has been listed, and Harrison said the shop has a following.

Specializing in all things quilting, the Stitch-N-Frame is brimming with fabrics, threads, sewing machines and everything else a crafter would need to create a masterpiece.

Although she has just recently taken ownership of Stitch-N-Frame, Harrison is certainly no stranger to the craft store.

She has worked at the shop for 10 years and for the last four has been running the website and managing the store.

Harrison bought Stitch-N-Frame from Kay and Mark Elliot in January.

“They were ready to retire, and I wanted the shop and didn’t want it to leave,” Harrison said. “I love this place and I love what I do.”

When Harrison first started working at Stitch-N-Frame, she said, she did not know how to sew.

“I did not know anything about sewing or quilting. I didn’t even know how to sew a button on,” she said.

But because she needed to be familiar with the inventory, she said, she learned how.

And after making her first quilt, Harrison said, she was “addicted.”

“I loved it,” she said.

One of the things Harrison said she likes most about her job is helping customers select fabrics.

“I love putting fabrics together for people that come in and are trying to find fabrics for quits,” she said.

The Stitch-N-Frame is a Brother sewing machine dealer, and they also have Bernina sewing and quilting machines.

“We have a good selection for everybody,” she said, with machines ranging in price from $125 and upward.

Training also comes with the purchase of a sewing machine, she said.

Machine repairs and cleanings are also offered at Stitch-N-Frame as well as sewing, quilting, Serger and embroidery classes.

Quilts in America were first made out of necessity — patching together worn and used blankets or used as filler for other blankets. It wasn’t until fabric became more affordable that quilting became an art form.

In addition to Stitch-N-Frame carrying hundreds of bolts of quilting supplies, fabric — some designer — they also have a large selection of GO! quilting dies, making cutting patterns from fabric easier.

The Stitch-N-Frame is located at 31 Willow Creek Drive in Bovina. For more information on their products or class offerings, visit stitch-n-frame.net.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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