My best friend and I had a day off work, so we drove to the new Benzie Design brick and mortar shop in Plainfield, Illinois, a half hour away from where I live. The shop specializes in wool felt sheets, balls, patterns, and more. Benzie Design has a great online shop if you are not local, but if you live near Chicago it's definitely worth it to visit the shop in person. The store is a treat for your eyes!
When my bestie and I walked into the cozy Benzie Design storefront, we were greeted by the shop's incredibly friendly staff. The shop owner took time to tell us about each of their products which was especially helpful since as a quilter I don't work with felt often. I've been following Benzie Design on Instagram for a while and saw the lovely pre-made felt flowers they sell. I instantly knew I needed a felt flower bouquet for my basement office at work! My bestie saw an ombre chandelier and wanted to make a smaller version. The staff at Benzie were very helpful with both of our projects!
I brought a vase with me to the shop, filled it up with Benzie Design's colorful felt balls, and picked out some incredibly affordable handmade felt flowers in my favorite colors (I can't wait to try making flowers myself soon!). Here is my finished felt flower bouquet that's sitting on my work desk now.
One of the best things about the Benzie Design brick and mortar shop is they let you use their in-house Sizzix to cut sheets of felt! I loved this benefit of shopping in person, because not only can you pick exactly which die you want for your project, but it's also a great advertisement for Sizzix. I'd never seen one used in person before, but I am now fully in love since cutting is my least favorite part of quilting.
Last but not least, the shop is adorably decorated. Everything is in color order and Benzie Design carries 90 different colors of felt, so there is plenty to look at! But they don't only sell felt, they also carry patterns, supplies, DMC thread, embroidery kits, and pre-made felt products.
If you live near Plainfield, you absolutely have to check out the Benzie Design brick and mortar shop! The customer service, selection, and prices are all amazing. My only wish is for the shop to offer classes! I'll be back to the shop soon to get supplies for making a wreath for my new house (I move in September!), and I'll probably do a simple felt wreath tutorial here for anyone who has also fallen in love with this great shop. If you're not local, make sure to check out Benzie Design online.