100% Organic Cotton Fabrics
For home sewers, businesses, retailers, and anyone who gives a scrap!
When I was considering the idea of creating an organic cotton fabric line, the first place I contacted was Organic Cotton Plus. That was back in 2004! I can vividly remember speaking with Barbara Bush (not the first lady) about the concept and asking her if I created a line, would they sell the fabric for me. Her response was so enthusiastic that it played a critical part in building the confidence I needed to take the leap of faith. Now, well over a decade later, Organic Cotton Plus continues to sell and support the Harmony Art line of organic cotton fabrics. Both of our companies have changed and morphed over time but I am happy to say the relationship is still one of admiration and gratitude.
This month in honor of our longevity with each other, Organic Cotton Plus is having a sale on Harmony Art organic fabrics. Sew Happy!
Additionally, Organic Cotton Plus also has an interview with me posted on their blog.
Have you heard of Black Friday? The day after Thanksgiving which is legend to be the biggest shopping day in America? What about Small Business Saturday?
American Express (who are the folks behind Small Business Saturday), are also offering a $25 statement credit for registered cardmembers who spend at least $25 at a qualified small business like Stitch Simple on 11/26. WOAH! Think about that.... a BIG bank giving you a $25 credit for spending $25. I'd call that a no brainer! As you would expect there are some fine print details -- here are links for more info- General Info (http://www.smallbusinesssaturday.com/). Card Registration (https://sync.americanexpress.com/sbs2011).
Stitch Simple is a qualified small business and to celebrate and encourage you to take advantage of this incredible deal they are offering special products as well as FREE US Shipping.
The Harmony Art Super Fat Quarter set (above) is one of these special products. It's comprised of 9 Super Fat Quarters -- $32.76 value but from 11/26-12/2/11 it's yours for just $25! A great deal!
If you register your Amex card and use it for this order, you will automatically get the $25 credit for shopping a registered small business (Stitch Simple) on 11/26. Pretty cool, eh?
This variety pack of organic cotton sateen prints and solids was selected so your holiday sewing projects could "take flight". Why not make some 3d ornaments for your tree this year? With 9 Super Fat quarters you will be able to let any crafting vision you may have soar. Some gift ideas are: fabric coasters, pot holders, gift bags, furoshiki (japanese fabric wrapping), placemats or whatever your creative self dreams up.
Here's a easy link to get in on the action. To see the other special deals click here.
Today marks the 3rd anniversary of Stitch Simple! In case you aren't familiar with Stitch Simple, I thought I'd take this occasion to interview Jen (the founder) and tell you about her unusual and wonderful business.
Tell us how you came up with the idea for Stitch Simple?
The Reader’s Digest version is that after I finished business school, I wanted to celebrate and make a quilt. I had stopped sewing altogether while I was in school- so I had forgotten about all the tedium required to just get fabric ready to sew. You have to wash it, press it like crazy (those bizarre wrinkled twists of fabric that come out of the dryer are SO hard to deal with) and cut it- all of which takes hours for any given project. I thought surely I could buy fabric that would already be washed, pressed and maybe even cut into squares or other pieces- but I was wrong. There were plenty of precuts available, but none of them were washed which is really important to me as well as many sewing and quilting enthusiasts. So, I figured I could start by writing a business plan for the idea (and put that new degree to good use right away!). While writing the plan, the concept started to take a life of its own and eventually I pulled together enough resources to get started.
What has been the most rewarding part of the last 3 years? The hardest part?
Hands down the most rewarding part of the last 3 years has been getting positive customer feedback about our products. From people with physical disabilities that prevent them from cutting accurately to busy crafters who just need more hours in day, it is amazing to hear how our products make sewing and quilting easier for our customers and in some cases all out possible.
The hardest part has been getting the word out about Stitch Simple. Many people don’t even know products like ours exist and so they don’t know to come looking for us. It is hard (and expensive) to market effectively in this kind of situation. It also requires a lot of patience, which is not something anyone who knows me would cite among my virtues. Thankfully, persistence is and I’ve found peace in my grassroots marketing efforts. The community surrounding the textile industry and DIY crafters has been amazingly supportive. I’m fueled by their kind comments and positive energy every day.
Who do you see as your main customer?
Anyone who sews of course! More specifically, anyone who cannot or does not want to get their own fabric ready to sew. That brings to mind people with physical ailments that make ironing and cutting uncomfortable, crafty parents (do you want to actually sew during nap time or iron?) and crafters on a deadline (forgot you promised to make a quilt for that baby shower next month?) to name just a few.
What is a Quilt du Jour?
Quilt Kit du Jour is our daily pick of fabrics for a CYO (Create-Your-Own) quilt kit. Our kits are unique in that they let you choose the exact fabric you want in your quilt, which is great but sometimes the choices can be mesmerizing and it helps to take a look at some examples for inspiration. We post a new QKDJ (including a coordinating apron!) every Monday-Thursday plus we maintain a brief archive of around 50 or so examples for customers to look through if they are feeling stuck.
This was a Quilt du Jour back in May that featured all Harmony Art fabrics: Evelyn, Whispering Grass, Chocolate Brown and Pale Auqa.
In honor of Stitch Simple's birthday they are offering .99 cent shipping for all US orders and 50% off international shipping through October 24th! (Note: Sale is for retail orders only.)
I am proud that Stitch Simple offers Harmony Art organic fabrics to their customers. We wish them a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and MANY MORE! THANKS JEN!
(Please do keep in mind that our long term goal is to phase out knits so that we can make room and offer more woven fabrics.)
Until the end of May, all of our knit fabrics (wholesale purchases only) are on SALE -- 15-30% off. If you have been following Harmony Art for very long you know we don't have sales very often. If you are interested in getting prices and roll lengths, contact me. Please note that you will need to set up a wholesale account with us in order to take advantage of this limited time offer. You can download a wholesale application from our web site.
Founder of Harmony Art organic design.