Today I would like to introduce you to Terri Wilhelm and her Etsy shop Patchwork Trails. I have known Terri for a few years through our blogs. I have seen Terri grow, both in her sewing and now designing abilities. I am so glad that she has agreed to let us know a little more about her upcoming plans and where she is taking her shop.
Hi Terri. Please tell us a little about your shop. What do you make and sell, how long have you been doing this, and what made you decide to open a shop?
I make what I call youthful and modern gear for every day in your life, whether you’re on a hiking trail or galavanting around the city. What that means is I make handbags, tote bags, purses, clutches, makeup bags, stuff sacks, laptop bags, and wallets. My newer products include small pouches to keep headphones so they don’t get tangled inside your larger bag, and sketchbook covers and zipper pouches to hold your drawing tools.
I try to combine patchwork and quilting techniques into a variety of styles that are whimsical and artsy while being functional and versatile. My latest style is to make bags from suiting fabric on the outside for a professional, polished look with a bit of flair and dazzle embellishing the outside, along with a colorful or wild print for the inside.
I opened my shop on Etsy
in July 2009, and started selling handmade goods in September 2009. I love to sew and make things, and decided to share my perspective with others by opening this shop
. I would really love to exhibit at a few craft fairs throughout the year and get a few of my products into a boutique too.
I know that you are doing some new things and will be putting some new items into your shop. Do you want to tell us a little about that?
My new endeavor is to sell PDF-to-print patterns of my bags and gear. I have three written so far, so stay tuned for news on the release of Patchwork Trails patterns. (will be announced on my blog
Tell me a little about your background.
I spent the past 18 years working as a paralegal in the insurance and financial services industries. I decided to make a career change last summer and now I’m a design and illustration student. It’s been a lot of fun learning how to draw and illustrate, and how to apply those techniques into designing new products for my shop. My dreams are to design my own fabrics (which I’m working on right now) and to offer some of my illustrations for sale.
What other interests do you have?
I love to spend time in my garden, hike bike and ski, listen to music, cook and bake, go to farmers markets, watch movies, get lost in a good book, and make art.
I love to spend Saturday nights making art cards, which are a fun way to illustrate what took place over the past week.
I’m also enjoying a summer of creative challenges to keep my skills fresh until design school starts again in fall.
If you would like to learn more about Terri and Patchwork Trails you can find her here as well:
Blog: Terri’s Notebook at http://terrisnotebook.wordpress.com
Shop: Patchwork Trails at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PatchworkTrails
Twitter: Terriaw at http://twitter.com/#!/Terriaw
Thanks for sharing your shop and your future plans Terri. I wish you all the best, and I can’t wait to see your new patterns!
Please remember you can also access Terri’s information and a link to this interview on my Handmade Shops page as well as other shops that have shared their information with us.
Thanks for stopping by!