Monday Interview - Fabric Greetings
It is my pleasure to interview the talented creator of Fabric Greetings this Monday Morning. At Fabric Greetings you will find wonderful mailable fabric art in postcard style. Is that unique or what?!
begin the interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!
Mr. Fabric and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage in the fall. In these days, that is an accomplishment and I am proud of it. Our daughter is also an etsian (KPTography.etsy.com). My sewing machine travels with us on vacation.
What do you make?
Quilted fabric postcards - sold on etsy. Off line - 18" doll clothes
How did you get started in your craft?
I have always been involved with sewing. For years I designed and made whimsical cloth dolls, but arthritis took its toll and now I can't do any hand work. So I needed to find something I could do entirely by machine. Since I send lots of cards for lots of reasons, I decided to try and come up with cards that could be sent through the mail without an envelope...sort of a way to share with not only the recipient, but those who helped the card along its way. I am still experimenting and playing with new techniques.
How did you find Etsy?
A customer at a craft fair took my card. She wrote me a letter and suggested that I try etsy. That was the first I had heard of it. Then a former neighbor (woolybaby.etsy.com) said she had opened a shop. So here I am.
Do you have any inspirations, or someone you find especially inspiring to you?
Not to sound dorky, but I find life inspiring. It can be an overheard comment, a piece of fabric, a song or a bit of scenery that gets my brain in motion.
Tell us about your creative process.
I am an early riser. I walk 2-3 miles in the morning as soon as it gets light. While I walk, I think about my day. I check my shop and then I spend time in my sewing studio. It may be all day or it may just be a few hours depending on how the creative juices are flowing.
What are some things you have done you think helped your business the most?
I think the thing that has helped my business the most is joining a team. It has helped to bounce ideas off someone else's head. And since my team - Hearts and Hands United- is such a diverse group, I get a wide perspective. The other thing I do is send these cards myself.
Do you have a favorite piece you created?
I did have a favorite piece, but it just sold recently. So I am sure that there will be another favorite piece. The one I am most proud of is the breast cancer pink ribbon card I make. All the profits from the sale of these cards goes directly to the Relay for Life Team I walk with.
Do you attend art and craft fairs/shows often?
When I was younger, I did a lot more shows than I do now. I only do 2-4 a year now. I do enjoy the one on one with the customer, but they are very tiring and hard on the joints.
If you where to offer a newbie one piece of advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself. It might take a bit of time for you to hit your target, but do what you love and don't doubt yourself.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Mr. Fabric and I rent a small house near the coast of Maine every September. It is where I go to recharge my batteries and relax. We can drive there, so my sewing machine goes. I am not a lover of hot weather and the weather is just perfect there.
Where else on the web can we find you?
I am only on etsy.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Two of my favorite foods are liver - chicken or beef like them both equally - and brussell sprouts.
What a great interview! To see more creation at Fabric Greetings, visit her on Etsy.