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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Getting Ready to Open!

    I'm making progress toward opening a brick-and-mortar store! My new plan is to be open by September 1, which is much closer than you may think! I am finishing up negotiations on a location, and I'm buying fabric and notions. I spent Monday and Tuesday this week in Las Vegas at a textile expo. I bought lots of fabric for the shop, met two of my idols -- Janet Pray and Kathleen Cheetham -- and peppered my fellow shop owners with questions. Here is some eye candy from Telio in Toronto and Seven Islands Japanese Fabrics, all of which will be available in Missoula and online soon:

    Gorgeous stretch denim from Telio. Gorgeous stretch denim from Telio.

    Double-sided scuba knits from Telio. Double-sided scuba knits from Telio.

    Bottom-weight linens! Bottom-weight linens!

    Affordable poly birds. Must make blouse(s)! Affordable poly birds. Must make blouse(s)!

    Japanese double-gauze. Japanese double-gauze.

    Japanese double gauze knit. So soft! Japanese double gauze knit. So soft!

    More double-gauze.... More double-gauze....

    Double-gauze with funny bunnies screaming to become a blanky! Double-gauze with funny bunnies screaming to become a blanky!

    Japanese canvas -- Deer with glasses Hahaha! Japanese canvas -- Deer with glasses Hahaha!

    Buying fabric to sell to others is scarier than I though it would be. What will people buy? How much are they willing to pay? If you were to open a fabric shop, what would you make sure to carry?

  • Belated Stitchery Expo Report

    Based on the time between blog posts, you may think nothing is going on here at The Confident Stitch. Not true! I have been working at The Sewing Palace in Helena, teaching classes at the Palace, learning Quickbooks, buying a building in Missoula, filling my basement with fabric, trying to find a website development company, getting two houses ready to sell. You get the picture.

    I did find time to go to the Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. I find walking on concrete all day and fighting crowds indoors overwhelming. Nevertheless, I met my hero, Linda Lee, learned about measuring from Lorraine Henry, hugged my mentor, Pati Palmer, looked through Katherine and Marci Tilton's fabrics, and saw so many inspiring projects.

    At the end of next week, I head to Las Vegas for a wholesale expo. Then I'll be back in Montana selling two houses, moving to Missoula, and opening a brick-and-mortar and on-line shop by the beginning of October! Stay tuned!

    The lovely and multi-talented Linda Lee in her booth. The lovely and multi-talented Linda Lee in her booth.

    Detail of Linda's Alabama Chanin Tee. Detail of Linda's Alabama Chanin Tee.

    A jacket from the Indygo Junction booth. A jacket from the Indygo Junction booth.

    And Pendleton.... And Pendleton....

    Pendleton.... Pendleton....

    And more Pendleton! And more Pendleton!

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