We are a husband-and-wife team that runs the shop from our home in Upstate New York. Charlie and I are actually elementary school sweethearts and began “dating” two decades ago. We're now happily married with two toddlers and wall to wall fabric.
2.What made you decide to open your shop and why Etsy?
I had a handmade shop on Etsy, FabricationsbyLin.Etsy.com, and began buying fabric wholesale. It wasn't too long before my selection grew large enough to warrant a fabric shop on Etsy as well. After that, Charlie could barely build shelves quickly enough to keep up with my orders. Funny thing is, our house seems to be getting smaller...
3.Other than Etsy, where else do you sell your fabric?
We sell exclusively on Etsy at present, but we're looking to launch our own site, HawthorneThreads.com early this fall. By trade, Charlie is actually a software developer which certainly comes in handy. Sometimes I truly think this fabric business was meant to be as it marries both of our interests and skills so nicely.
Well, it's certainly a treat to have all of the fabric at my fingertips. If only I had the time to make all the skirts I envision! We mostly love working together, and being at home with our “A Team,” Aidan and Annie. Traveling to quilt market and scoping out new fabric is always a treat for us as well. Charlie sticks out like a sore thumb of course; there aren't really too many guys under 30 there!
5.Your Etsy shop is doing very well in such a competitive market, what's your secret?
Charlie and I are very hard workers that take pride in our business. We're each others toughest critic and strictest boss, a dynamic that is probably typical when you work for yourself. That privilege is certainly never taken for granted. We are also very fortunate to have loyal customers that must be similarly afflicted with a fabric obsession!
6.What handmade possession do you cherish?
That would be a jumper my Mom made for Annie's birthday. One of the best things about our shop is that it's brought sewing back into my Mom's life, a passion she rarely got to indulge while taking care of four daughters. Yes, that's right – four girls. No one was more thrilled at the arrival of a grandson than my Dad!
7.Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
Charlie oggles LemonBall.Etsy.com, and I cruise my friend Ellen's shop, ClassicHound.Etsy.com. Needless to say, our dog Molly is quite stylin'!
I would like to thank Fabric Supplies for taking part in my Favourite Etsy Shop Feature. I just love their shop. So many vibrant beautiful fabrics and alot to choose from. I have been wanting to get into quilting for a very long time and just havent got started, these fabrics just make we want to quilt even more. Check out this shop and Im sure you will catch the sewing bug.