TLD DESIGN CENTER (WESTMONT)
26 E Quincy St
Westmont, IL 60559
Sat (July 27): 10am - 6pm
Sun (July 28): Closed
Wed: 10am - 6pm
Thu: 10am - 6pm
Fri: 10am - 6pm
Sat (Aug 3): 10am - 6pm
Sun (Aug 4): Closed
Get to know TLD Design Center (Westmont)
1. What is your favorite part of the Chicago Yarn Crawl?
The opportunity to interact with such a diverse group of Fiber Art makers and potential customers/students who, on first blush, might not have realized the wonderland of fiber, threads and yarn available for them behind the mannequin legs of TLD Westmont.
2. How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
I started my business in 1985, initially home based....dyeing yarn, hand weaving, knitting and sewing ArtWear pieces. In 1993 (26 years ago!) I opened TLD Design Center & Gallery in Westmont with my mother, JoAnn Deck. We began offering weaving, knitting, dyeing classes in response to requests and naturally began selling yarn, fibers, looms, beads and other supplies to support our creative art customers & friends. It was also then, that I held the dream to some day buy a live/work building to grow into. That dream was realized August 2015 in Berwyn, IL.
3. What makes your shop unique?
It’s true...TLD Design Center is not a typical retail store and might be a little (ok, a lot!) confusing
owned and operated by a life-long, career stitcher (sewing age 5/ pot holder weaver age 7 / bead weaver age 9 / knitter age 11) who is an Award winning Fiber Artist & former college instructor in fashion/clothing, textile science/design & Fiber Art
yarn/thread on cones (alongside balls, hanks & skeins)
yarn, fiber, threads and fabrics painted, printed and hand-dyed on location by owner (classes available, too)
Classes offered for kids through Recently Retired and beyond
Classes for first-timers through refreshers & well-seasoned
Classes for fashion, pattern making and knitwear design
Classes for advanced and professional level skill set
Knitting Patterns & Kits designed by Owner Available for purchase
Floor Looms, Table Looms and Rigid Heddle looms for sale, rental and student’s Use in Weaving Classes.
Spinning Wheels for sale, rental and students use in classes.
Knitting Machines for studio rental and used/refurbished for sale
Studio work space rental for wet Felting, weaving, knitting machine metal smith, glass fusing & lampwork
Micro Gallery of finished ArtWear & ArtWork for sale and inspiration
We teach first-time makers of all ages and abilities. It’s never too late to start and you do not need prior experience to learn quickly and excel. START RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE....JUST START!
4. What is your favorite part of being an LYS owner?
Is this a trick question? Being surrounded by yarn...talking about yarn....looking at the yarn...touching the yarn....smelling the yarn. Helping customers and students find the perfect yarn.
Explore Around TLD Design Center (Westmont)
Best Pizza and Wine: Dolce's Restaurant + Wine Bar
Best Snack Spot: The Sweet and Savory Spot
Best Burgers and Sandwiches: The Neat Kitchen
Best BBQ: Uncle Bubs