Hi there! Thanks for stopping by wrenbirdarts! Here's a few things about me. I like to think I'm kind of a MacGuyver of crafting. Give me an egg carton, a few paper clips and some mod podge, and I can make magic. I have always had a creative brain, though I tried to deny it by being a real estate agent for a stint--where I loved getting to know my clients and what their sense of style was over negotiating those sales contracts. I began hand embroidering in 2011, then started this business, and have pieced together a few things about owning a business, and have since sold well over 10,000 hankies.
Not to humble brag, but wrenbirdarts has been featured in Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Parade Magazine, SeattleMet, and lots and lots of blogs. In 2016, I contributed to a German embroidery book called "Stitch It Yourself".
My roots will always be in the midwest, but after years of bopping around the middle of the country in Iowa, Nebraska, Denver, Chicago, I moved to Seattle in 2013, and in 2016 decided to take a leap and move to a smaller town. I now live in Bellingham, WA, which is damn near Canada. It's beautiful and charming, and right by the water. Maybe one day I'll get back to the city, but for right now, this quaint, quiet place feels nice.
While most of wrenbirdarts' business comes from the etsy shop, wrenbirdarts.com runs just as smoothly in receiving orders and inquiries right here on our website as it does through Etsy. If you'd like to read the reviews from my customers, please click here.
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Shop wrenbirdarts in person:
- The Handmade Showroom, Seattle, WA
- Le Merde, Seattle, WA
MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS SIDE:
I didn't start wrenbirdarts as a hankie business. It started as a jewelry business, then after quitting my jewelry sort-of business, I continued working a "real" job for several years. After leaving Chicago, I couldn't find work, and I had always been creative in my free time.
I started experimenting more with my sewing machine, and making bags and wallets. I sketched out a design and, started an Etsy shop, and worked on wholesaling to local boutiques. After making countless wallets, which I still have some stowed away in my closet, and spending too much money on fabric, and still on the job hunt, I bought some embroidery needles, and a little thread.
I embroidered every kitchen towel in my house, and quite a few napkins. I realized that I really liked sketching out my own designs, and I loved embroidering. I wondered if I was onto something. I added a few to my Etsy shop and started getting requests for embroidered handkerchiefs. So, I started embroidering hankies.
wrenbirdarts.com came about in 2013, and little by little, this business grows. I am branching out into stitching some original hoop art and creating embroidery pattern transfers so you can stitch your own hoop art. Right now, the transfers are only available in my Etsy Shop.
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