Sophie Junction, today I went and visited StoneMountain and Daughter Fabrics, in Berkeley, CA. After 30 years, this store has a wonderful collection for quilters and seamstresses alike. They have one of the better collections of wool and linen I've seen (and I've looked for both in the Seattle area.)
They also had some fabulous ethnic fabrics. The ceiling of StoneMountain has two wonderful long crazy quilt-like banners streaming across it, as well as fabulous quilts and an unusual kimono hanging from it.
After leaving Berkeley, we headed back to San Francisco,and visited an art supply & fabric shop in the Haight-Ashbury district called "Mendels & Far-Out Fabrics". My girlfriend, Uvonne Jones-Most, is a painter, gourd artist, and glass maker. She referred me to Mendels, as a place to find unusual textiles, as well as incredible art supplies. Uvonne told me that Mendels stocks such unique products to appeal to the diverse population of San Francisco and the Haight neighborhood.
Well, she was right. Feathers, glitter, all sorts of sparkley fabrics, fake fur in every color, hand-made papers, and more.
Stocked to the gills, it's almost impossible to NOT find something that you'd like to play with!