BATIKS Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics

Quilt with beautiful Batik.

About Batiks Etcetera

Welcome to Batiks Etcetera! Pictured is me, Carol Britt, the owner of Batiks Etcetera. I will be doing most of the writing on the blog until I work out the kinks.

We specialize in wonderful hand batiked and hand dyed fabrics. Treat yourself to the expressive, colorful world of Indonesian and Malaysian batiks. Choose a color, a theme, or a company and sample the wonders we have for sale.

About Us-
Batiks Etcetera was started by Jan Smiley in 1994 out of pure passion for these wonderful, hand batiked, hand dyed, and hand-woven fabrics. Although a dedicated and well traveled shopper could find a few batiks at many different locations, Jan was frustrated that no one source stocked all the designs in all of the available colors.

Batiks Etcetera outgrew Jan’s home and was sold to Carol Britt of Sew What Fabrics in 1999. Carol added Batiks Etcetera to her already thriving store opened in 1982 in Wytheville, Virginia. Sew What Fabrics was already known for unusual fabrics, lots of batiks, and excellence in customer service. Batiks Etcetera was a good fit for Sew What Fabrics.

Sew What Fabrics & Batiks Etcetera is a retail quilt shop located in southwestern Virginia at the intersection of interstate 81 and 77. Carol and her staff offers gourmet cotton, superb services, and stimulating classes. The shop is located in a home built in 1840 in historic Wytheville. The entire Batiks Etcetera selection is on display at the 4,400 square foot retail shop open Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5:30PM.

Many people are surprised to find such a broad selection of quilting supplies and fabric when they visit Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics. Only a fraction of what we offer to the public has made it to our web site. We are working on adding more and more to the site. If you are looking for a printed cotton, give us a call or email us. We may just have it!


28 thoughts on “About Batiks Etcetera

  1. I would like to get your online newsletters and especially interested in your fat quarters frenzy coming up…please let me know ASAP what else I need to do to get set up with you…looking forward to doing business with you…..Jodie Cox
    (I”m the newest member of a group called Northside Strippers…they told me about your site)

    • Hi Jodie I put your name on our email list. The frenzy is very cool. See if you can make it to the shop. If not, order online! It’s a really good deal.

  2. Please add me to your e-mail mailings. Looking forward to the frenzy, will order with a friend who told me about it. Your site will not accept my e-mail add which is

  3. Please add me to your mailing list

  4. Hi Marlene, I added you to our list. You should get a confirmation email.

  5. As a novice quilter I fell in love with batiks. I plan to be in Virginia this Fall and wish to shop at your shop.Please put me on your mailing list and send me the address of your shop so I can visit and spend!! I am in the process of changing the basement into my sewing room and when I return from holidays I will be tied to my sewing machine and I hope to have lots of your batiks.

  6. Hi Luella, I’m glad you love batiks. I’ve added you to our email list. The shop is located at
    460 E. Main St.
    Wytheville, VA 24382
    There is a map link at the bottom of our home page.
    We look forward to seeing you this fall!

  7. Hey Carol!
    What happened to the Quilt as you go classes? I have been wanting to do this class again.


  8. Hi LIsa,
    I’m working on the class schedule now. I need to get a few more things finalized before I can put the Quilt As You Go on.
    Thanks for requesting it! Carol

  9. Thank you for your post about Laga Handbags Carol, best wishes.

  10. When is your next Fat Quarter Frenzy?? I have nearly used up all that I bought last year. Besides, I need to visit my daughter in Galax. Love your shop and please put me on the mailing list. Hope you visit my blog.
    Hugs from Mary in Sunset Beach, NC

  11. you have the best fabrics.. I just ordered some, and im so happy 🙂

  12. Great Anna. Enjoy the fabrics. I’m just back from quilt market and bought lots more to arrive over the next six months. Carol

  13. Please let me know if Sylvia Richardson plans to teach the fabric coiled basket class in 2012. I look on your website from time to time in 2011 but never did see it offered.
    Thank you so much.

  14. Please add me to your email list! I LOVE your fabrics & your kits! Batiks are a passion of mine:)

  15. Will do Sherry! Look forward to hearing from you. Carol

  16. Is the Quilt Shop Rally on the calendar for 2012? If so what are the dates, please. Love your shop and your site.

  17. Hi Joyce,

    The Quilt Shop Rally will be July 12 – 15 this year. We are trying the new date to get away from graduations in May.

    Our theme is the Dogwood Days of Summer. We will be introducing an exclusive dogwood batik that comes in 12 color possibilities. Each shop will design a project using their choices of the featured dogwood. The instructions will be available free at each shop.

    We are excited!

  18. I am so glad I am on your mailing list and learned of the Dogwood Days of Summer quilt shop rally. We had a great time, and we definitely saved the best for last — your shop. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. Look forward to next year’s rally. Thanks for the recommendation of eating lunch at Grayson’s — it was yummy!

  19. Thanks Joanie! I’m glad you enjoyed it. The Quilt Shop Rally was grand fun. And I’m glad you like our shop and my wonderful employees. We will do it again next July – new theme but same weekend: July 11 – 14, 2013. Carol

  20. Oh my gosh, we pass by you everytime we drive to South Carolina- Georgia to see our children. Wytheville. We take 81 to 77 to 85S. It is always during the day–I could stop there and visit your shop-?? Found this looking for patterns for tonga treats. marywallis soetebier-Danbury,CT

  21. You sure could come see us. go to our website and click on map to see exactly where we are. We are open 10 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Sunday. Look forward to seeing you! Carol

  22. Mary,

    This is Lore Williams. Robin is so sweet to me now. I love giving her my order on the phone. Would someone email me the fabric I ordered. My computer is failing.

  23. Please add me to your email list

  24. I’m not on Facebook (yeah, I know). How do I get a list of the shops involved in the Christmas Snowflake patterns? Thanks a bunch!

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