My name is Marni and for the last 7 years or so I have wanted to open and run my own craft shop - specifically patchwork and quilting supplies as that is my main hobby (among many!)
Frankenstein's Fabrics is that dream come true. With the support of my family and friends the shop opened a little over 3 months ago. Dad and I spent a few weeks prior to that building, painting and designing the fitout for the shop.
- that I have taken the time to make them such a gift.
I opened Frankenstein's with the intention of making it a more social and interactive patchwork shop - I want it to be the social aspect as well as the supplies that keep bringing people back time and time again. So to do that I am planning special guest speakers, open days, show and tells and airings of the quilts. There are classes as well - starting out with the basics to get people going and progressively adding more intermediate and advanced classes as we go along. Classes are listed on the website under the Classes tab and are updated regularly as more classes and dates become available.
I also want my customers to see that I am not the average quilter - I am quirky, odd and non-conforming. I appreciate the work and execution of techniques in the quilts of the past, and I envy those who continue to create stunning quilts by hand - but I am not that kind of quilter. I love machine work - piecing, appliqué and quilting. I love brights and fun kids prints. I collect Halloween fabrics and knick knacks and I am not shy about the things I do like. The name of the shop came about for 3 reasons:
1. My surname is Franks
2. I love Halloween
3. I love the story of Frankenstein's Monster - he was patchworked together by the Doctor from various body parts, much like I patchwork a quilt together from various fabrics.
People ask me about the name - especially why I didn't call it something like other patchwork stores. My answer is simple - I am not like other patchwork store owners, I couldn't name the shop something floral or cottagey or using a pun and live with myself. The name Frankenstein's encompasses my style, my likes and I am being brutally honest with my customers about that. I will not lie to them about myself just to make a sale - that is not the way to do business. Plus its all a bit of fun. :)
There are lots of things going on in the shop in 2012 and I invite you all to become a Frankensteiner - whether online following me on Facebook or the blog or whether you come in to see me in store. I hope to see you there.