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                               Modern Fibers for the nostalgic

Atomic Fibers is a fabric and yarn shop located in historic Oak Ridge, TN. The store's retro flair and modern designs, complimented by the historic backdrop of our community, attracts fiber enthusiasts of all ages and styles.

We have lots of experience teachers at Atomic Fibers - Crochet, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, and Weaving.  Get to know them!

Teresa Brittain - Teresa has been a fiber enthusiast for almost two decades--knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, and weaving in her spare time.  While she is the proud owner of a floor loom, she prefers the ease and speed with which she can warp a rigid heddle loom and start weaving.

Teresa teachers our weaving classes.


Cheryl LaBagh - Cheryl is a retired high school mathematics teacher and director of technology from a small rural  school district in upstate New York. She was also a principal at a Christian School for 5 years. She started sewing as a little girl with her grandmother and has been doing crafts of some sort ever since. She started quilting in 1996 and loved it. She took every class she could and sewed every chance she got – even at the expense of sleep! Quilting became her new hobby/job. She started teaching quilt classes during the summer of 1999 and enjoys teaching beginners through advanced. She loves to analyze a pattern to find easier (and usually more accurate) ways to construct the blocks.

Cheryl moved to Tennessee in 2010 and currently lives in Jacksboro. She has two children, a son in NY and a daughter in SC, and three grandchildren, two in TN and one in SC. Her strong faith in the Lord motivates her to try to be a blessing to all the people God puts in her path. Her desire is to touch others’ lives and make a difference. One way she tries to do that is to share her knowledge and love of quilting with those she meets. She is looking forward to making new friends at Atomic Fibers. Cheryl teaches techniques using tools designed by Marti Michell along with other intermediate processes.

Peggy Payne
Peggy Payne - is still a new teacher to Atomic Fibers.  Atomic Fibers has hosted a trunk show and a class last spring with Peggy and the response was very supportive.

Peggy's business, New Covenant Quilting is a small business that first came about when she began to do longarm quilting for herself and other customers. Over time, Peggy had made custom-ordered quilts for customers doing the piecing, quilting and finishing work.  This led to me home and to designing quilts and publishing patterns. 

Peggy Payne grew up with a love and appreciation for quilts that her mother and grandmother made over the years, but it took time for her to begin her own journey to making, quilting and now designing quilts. With a varied background that includes being a southern woman (primarily East TN), an engineering degree, and being an Air Force wife during her husband's 21 years of service, and decades as a Bible study leader, all things lead to where she is now. Life, the beauty of the area, her Christian faith, and many interests inspire each quilt design. After teaching other designer's patterns and with some experience working in the quilt industry, she found herself more and more drawn to designing and writing her own patterns. With many ideas swimming around in her head, time will bring about other patterns in the future to add to those already published.

Peggy enjoys the teaching process as she encourages students to accomplish accurate piecing processes and successful finishes.  You can visit her website: and join her page on Facebook at New Covenant Quilting as well. Peggy teachers several of her Barn Quilt Series and technique based classes.

 Peg Purdue - I learned to sew by watching Mom make formal gowns for Millikan University gals in Decatur, Illinois. Mom signed me up for sewing lessons when I was 10 years old. In 1975, Mom & I signed up for Quilting classes - a sampler quilt that I have not finished ! Life happened! Carpal Tunnel really hampered my hand piecing & quilting of this beauty. I then had 3 children and my husband traveled internationally so life was crazy. The children are now on their own, we have retired to TN and are enjoying life. In my “previous life”, I was trained as a biologist but always worked as a chemist. The most interesting as well as dangerous was ‘playing’ with Chemical Weapons, specifically VX or Nerve Agent. Oh the stories I can tell. I actually retired from Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, IN. I LOVE visiting our kids, being crafty, sewing, spending time on our boat and just enjoying the Wonderful life God has given me. Peg loves new techniques!  She is teaching locker hooking, purse/bag classes and more!

Rachel Venables - Rachel is our first international teacher.  She is visiting from England. 
Rachel is 49 years of age and married to Mark for just under 20 years, with a 15 ½ year old National Debt! (aka Rowan her daughter). Rachel is a Podiatrist based in the community.  At home she owns 2 Maine coon cats, one British Shorthair and 1 dog who is a Schnauzer/poodle cross, 2 crazy Polish Frizzle hens and a tank of fish.

Rachel learned to sew at my maternal Grandmothers and at school although her mother had a Singer in a Horn Cabinet in which her mother hid coconut mushroom sweets (yeuk).  Rachel played with buttons and textiles from a very young age and made costumes from long pieces of polyester. Rachel enjoys teaching and currently is teaching in several local (and not so local) shops in her home country, England.

Best sewing moment: Mother stated that her work was amazing and she was just stunned I did it on a domestic. Teaching her mother and aunt who are both highly skilled dressmakers!  Worst sewing moment: Sewing through my left finger and nail and removing the broken needle myself. Ouch!


(865) 272-5263
103 West Tennessee Avenue
       Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Directions to Atomic Fibers (most GPS are not accurate) Oak Ridge Turnpike: Turn onto Tyler road. Subway is on the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Tyler road. Our parking area is the little lot right before the light at Tennessee Ave. We are in the cottage like courtyard adjacent to the parking lot.


Atomic Fibers Atomic Fibers is a fabric and yarn shop located in Oak Ridge, TN. The store's retro flair and modern designs, complimented by the historic backdrop of our community, attracts fiber enthusiasts of all ages and styles.
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