The Altered Stitch is a friendly place where knitters, crocheters, and other fiber arts enthusiasts of all skill levels can gather to learn new techniques, share ideas, and indulge in their favorite stitching and needlework projects. We carry an up to date inventory of your favorite yarn brands, including indie hand dyed fibers and a unique selection of specialty yarns. You'll also find all the essential needles, notions, patterns, and more, to support your handcrafting endeavors.
Our patient, knowledgeable staff members are passionate about helping you select the best materials and providing you with ongoing support so you have the products and services you need to successfully complete your projects. Located in Valley Village, CA, our shop features a brightly lit interior that buzzes with friendly conversation and creative energy. Whether you’re checking out our newest products or you just want to hang out a while and relax, everyone’s welcome at The “Altered” Stitch!
Who We Are
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Leah SK Davidson [owner]
Before owning a yarn shop, Leah worked as a Visual Effects Artist for film, television, and commercials. Though her career was centered on digital art, Leah always came back to handmade arts as a way to ground herself. She dabbles in mixed media art, glass work, painting, drawing, and of course knitting! Longing for a change of pace, she decided to buy Stitch Café and The Altered Stitch was born! Drawing upon all of her artistic and professional experience, she is working hard to bring The Altered Stitch back from the brink of closing and to help take it to the next level.
Faves: Indie Dyed Yarn, knitting, spinning, art, sitting in coffee shops, Hawaii, San Francisco, Spaghetti, Chinese food, pumpkin pie, cherry chip cupcakes, KNIT COLLAGE!!!
Mary Casale [Fibre Specialist/Knitting & Crochet Instructor]
Mary, a New York native, was bitten by the creative bug when she was little. With dreams of becoming an actress she went to school for theater and it was there that she learned a love and appreciation for working with her hands. Whether it was stage building or sewing costumes, she found this whole other world of expressing oneself off stage. One day Mary picked up a crochet hook and some yarn and began to teach herself how to crochet and the rest is history! When she is not knitting a shawl or crocheting a granny square, she can be found at home watching a scary movie with her husband and cat.
Faves: Yarn, crocheting, knitting, horror movies, learning, cats.
Christina Dejonge [Fibre Specialist]
Christina is a bit of a nomad, originally from Florida and currently situated in the City of Angels with her husband and fur babies. Her love for the fiber arts started at a young age, influenced by her Nana who would knit many a blanket for the family. Through her mother-in-law, Christina developed her skills even further and learned how to read patterns. Through good timing and yarn skills, she now works at The Altered Stitch and with support from customers and coworkers, her talents have increased at an astonishing rate! When not knitting or crocheting, Christina can be spotted making signs for Trader Joe’s, riding her bike around town, or lounging at home with her family.
Faves: yarn, knitting, exploring new stitches and colors, food, coffee, traveling, cats
Maya Gooding [Store manager]
Maya is an LA-native, where she recently moved back to after a couple years away in New York City. She has always been interested in fashion and the arts, having previously worked for a number of designers and fashion companies, including Phillip Lim, W Magazine, Madewell, and Free People. She loves all types of handcrafting, whether painting and drawing or knitting and sewing. Maya loves to chat about food and local eateries, so she’d be happy to give you a restaurant recommendation while helping you find fun, sparkly color pairings for a project. When not knitting, Maya can usually be found re-watching police procedurals for the hundredth time (lookin’ at you, Law and Order: SVU!)
Faves: knitting, super happy bright yarn (sparkle is a plus), contemporary art, the East Coast in the fall, her mother’s cooking, her boyfriend’s cooking
Rachel Barish [Knitting Instructor/Social Media & Marketing]
Rachel graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2014, where she majored in fashion design with a concentration in knitwear. After working in the fashion industry in New York and Europe, Rachel moved to Melbourne, Australia where she started her own kidswear brand: Born & Raised. Now operating for a little over a year, Born & Raised has quickly grown into a well-loved, Australian baby + kids handmade brand. Born & Raised is known for stylish and trendy knits that are long lasting, luxurious and incredibly cute! All knits are made to order for the high end quality that you come to expect from a custom fit garment. Rachel's hometown of Austin, Texas serves an an inspiration for many of her designs, which often pull from a southern sensibility, while keeping the easiness of a European design aesthetic. Rachel is currently located in Los Angeles, California where she continues to grow her brand.
Nemo is a boy diva! A pure bred Maltese. You can find him several days a week schmoozing with the regulars at The Altered Stitch. He likes long walks around the block, tiny tooth brush treats, and anything you'll give him!
Faves: Food, humans that will give him food, napping, and Food!!!
Pebbles, a Chihuahua mix, loves pretty much everyone...all the time. Careful...she licks! Occasionally she remembers that she has a tail and when that happens she can be found chasing it.
Faves: You & you & you...oh yeah and you!
Missy is a rambunctious Golden Lab mix. She was rescued from a local animal shelter 10 years ago. She's pretty sure that she is the smallest of the 3 dogs and frequently convinces herself of that by shoving herself into the small dogs' bed as pictured above! You won't see much of her, she's got far to much to do & say to be hanging out at the LYS. But she sends her love!
Faves: Walks, treats, small beds & licking the spoon.