Two years ago, just as its doors were about to close forever, Suzanne Moulton rescued Liberty Cottage from oblivion. Today, it’s a haven for primitive and folk arts lovers as well as for quilters and stitchery artists alike.
“I bought the store on Friday the 13th, October 2006 and I had customers follow me through the door as I came from signing the contract,” laughs Suzanne. It turns out that was a lucky date, and she has just moved to her new and larger location at 116 South Main Street in Canandaigua, NY.
Today, she welcomes visitors from hundreds of miles away who come for hand-dyed wools, distinctive quilting fabrics, and locally-crafted folk and primitive arts. In addition to a full wall of rich cotton homespun, flannel and vibrantly colored wool, Liberty Cottage also sells supplies and tools for rug hooking, penny rugs, redwork, proddy and shirron rugs and many other handwork crafts.
Every nook and cranny is filled with charming primitive or folk art figurines, cloth dolls, punched tin decor, candles, quilted table runners and beautifully hand-woven baskets. War Reenactors can also find hand-crafted garments in authentic fabrics.
Suzanne teaches two classes per week in her store including how to create penny rugs, log cabin quilt pillows and yo-yo runners as well as classes on redwork stitchery, needle felting and punch needle. The class prices range from $5 plus the cost of materials, to $12, $15 and $20 if kit and supplies are included. Many of the kits are Suzanne’s designs.
“I want visitors to feel at home,” remarks Suzanne. “They’re always welcome to come and work in the store.”
Liberty Cottage is open Mon. 1p.m.-6 p.m., Tues. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.-1p.m., Thurs. 9:30a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri. 9:30a.m.-8p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call (585) 393-1070.