Regulars at Strands & Stitches on South Coast Highway are a close-knit group — and that includes the needlepointers and crocheters, who like to socialize while working on projects, much like the old-fashioned sewing bees.
Owners Dona Harmon, Cindy Hartman and Lisa Triebwasser sell the yarns, fibers and all the accoutrements needed for the crafts they teach, but the friendly atmosphere is free — and appreciated.
"This has been home to me for years," said Nancy Kreder, widow of longtime Laguna Beach businessman Jim Kreder. "They were very supportive through Jim's heart problems and after he died."
Kreder, who knits and needlepoints exquisitely, often on consignment, assists the owners when the shop gets very busy.
Casual customers or newcomers to the weekly workshops are warmly welcomed, a tradition established by the late Carol Harrison, the original and cherished owner.
"The shop connects me to my community," Harmon said.
Community is important to all three owners. And they use their talents to strengthen that connection.