Last night we enjoyed being part of a private Swig & Shop at Fabric Of Vision. If you’ve followed us on Swig & Stitch before, let me tell you Swig & Shop is another variation of the idea of fabric & sewing technique demos interspersed with beer tastings.

YUM! Talk about a great combination. With Swig & Shop, it was a fabric picking event. Meaning: Sandi, the owner of Fabric of Vision, lead the small eager to learn group through picking fabric, talking about pairing different fabrics. Talking about why you like and don’t like something, how it ‘goes’ or doesn’t and all the why’s related to our fabric and sewing choices.

It was almost surreal to hear her talk about fabric that way since WEB is all about asking the Why on women + beer. Another great reason we’re collaborating on these events. We both understand that the Why is what drives action. Knowing the What is not enough. You’ve got to ask the Why.

She talked about empowering yourself to know what you do like and what you don’t – and that’s where the Why comes in. Once you say “Yes, I like that” or “No, I don’t like that” asking yourself “Why” will make you better able and more confident in keeping the process moving forward.

Intensity also made an appearance. I was continually stoked to hear these similar concepts relating to beer and fabric! Yet another example how beer is truly universal, and I’ll give fabric the same credit.

Swig & Shop

Swig & Shop

It was a really interesting exercise to witness. Having a fondness for fabric and sewing as well, it resonated with me too.

Here was the menu WEB laid out to fortify between the pickings.


  1. Laurelwood Portland Roast Espresso Stout
  2. Lindeman’s Framboise
  3. Valley View Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  4. Montinore Pinot Gris 2011
  5. R.W. Knudson Sparkling Organic Pear juice


  • Dark chocolate malted milk balls (Sadly not from Briess!)
  • Ripe red bell peppers
  • Sesame crackers
  • Organic mixed cherry tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Rumiano whole milk Monterey Jack cheese
  • Dried banana chips

All fun, all delicious, all educational, high value. And that’s how we swig & shop!

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