Buisness Memeber Spotlight: PixieSpit and Fresh Stash Fabrics

Our guild has recently started accepting business members.  (For info on that go here.)  I had the oppertunity to sit down and talk with our first business member (and existing guild member) Lisa of PixieSpit and Fresh Stash Fabrics and find out more about her shop.  Lisa will be at the meeting tonight with a sample of her wares for sale! 

How did you come up with the name PixieSpit? Fresh Stash?
PixieSpit is the name of my Etsy shop for handmade goods.  I got the name from a book that I read many years ago where pixie's spit had magical properties much like fairy dust...except sassier. I started selling a little bit of my fabric in my Etsy shop and it went so well that I decided to open a separate shop just for fabric.  That shop is called Fresh Stash, as in "fresh fabrics from my stash to yours".

How long have you had your business?
My business has been "official" since 2007.
What inspired you to sell fabrics and hand-made items?
I have been sewing gifts for friends and family forever. When I discovered Etsy, I thought I would try listing a few things.  It was slow at first, but then it started to take off.  I decided to start buying fabric wholesale in order to offset the cost of my handmade goods.  The plan was to sell the fabric that I didn't use to others.  I got a little carried away and before I knew it, I had myself an entire fabric shop. 

How do you pick the fabrics you choose to sell?
I just buy what I like.  I like many of the "hot" designers and usually get at least a few pieces from the latest, greatest collections, but my favorite thing is to try and find the undiscovered good stuff.  I also really enjoy mixing collections and creating bundles with a common theme like color, holiday or novelty.

How do you not want to sew something with every fabric you buy? . . . or do you?
Ha!  That is a great question.  I WANT to make something out of every fabric that I carry, but I don't always get around to it.  

Who is your favorite fabric designer? (or fabric line)
I have loved everything that Joel Dewberry has ever done.  He has a great way of blending modern and traditional.  There should be a word for it...moditional?  I started quilting before the "modern fabric movement" so my roots are more traditional.  I spent a good part of the 90's trying to make calico look fresh by adding lots of solids.  Now that we have so many more options in fabric I find myself overwhelmed with all of the possibilities.

Do you sell anything other than fabric?
I do sell other sewing related items.  All things that I use myself...like batting, ribbon, patterns and 505 (which I discovered thanks to some encouragement and assistance from fellow guild members!)
How would you describe the ambiance of your shop/studio?
My shop/studio is located above our garage.  I can't even express how lucky I feel to have such a great place to work in.  It's a cozy (nice word for small) space that I have managed to squeeze everything into. The "shop" area holds about 325 bolts of fabric and loads of precut bundles.  My "work" space includes my design wall and sewing machines.  Then there is my "office" area where all the super boring paperwork stuff happens along with just a little instagramming, facebooking and pintresting.

What's the best way to contact you with an order from a member?
My Etsy shop is open 24/7.  There is a button in there to contact the shop owner.  If you let me know what you need, I can put together an order for you with or without shipping costs (if you choose to pick up your order or have me bring it to a guild meeting).  I will also be "vending" at 4 meetings per year and am happy to bring along anything you might be interested in.

Can we come see your space?  What's the best way to do that?
Yes!  I love visitors.  I will be having a Locals Shopping Day on Wednesday, September 18 from 9am to 9pm.  If you can't wait until then or if that doesn't work in your schedule, we can set up a private shopping date.  Just send me an email.  pixiespit@yahoo.com

What are your future plans for your business?
Another good question!  I "quit the day job" as a public school teacher in 2011, but have really started missing it lately.  I will be cutting back on the handmade side of my business in order to carve out time to do some part-time substituting in the schools.  I plan to focus the rest of my attention on the fabric shop portion of my business.

Thanks so much Lisa!  We're so happy to have you as our first busniess member and I can't wait to see what you bring tonight!

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