Connie moved to Missouri from Minnesota in 1998. Her hobbies include sewing, embroidery, knitting and crocheting. She has also dabbled at candle wicking, counted cross-stitch and needle tatting. She started quilting after retiring. She also volunteers with Jackson County Parks & Recreation as an re-enactor at Missouri Town 1855. When not in the store she enjoys reading, quilting and taking quilt classes. "We are never to old to learn something new even if it's just a new little trick to make our quilting a little easier. I have been called the "pinner" by a very good friend since whenever I take a class with her, my pins come out. If I have to un-sew something, I remember what my mother used to say, 'If you have to un-sew something, it'll be something you'll love.'"
Erica started at Fabric Recycles in 2012. Her sewing started with her first draw-string bag in 7th grade home-ec followed by a pair of oversized overall shorts. Then it was off to big-block quilts and rag baby quilts. She's mostly self-taught with a few classes along the way. When she's not in the store she likes to read (especially cozy mysteries) and quilt. She's also recently started "collecting" vintage sewing machines. Erica's biggest words of wisdom can be summed up with one word - Pins. "I can sew a reasonably straight line, provided I pin first. I don't like un-sewing so pinning is a must!" "I fell in love with the concept and Page's enthusiasm is very encouraging. I love fabric with all the colors, patterns and variety."
Amanda started at Fabric Recycles in 2011. She has a wide variety of craft experiences under her belt and is mostly self-taught. Amanda has done quilting, garment making, and tote making. She has tried crocheting and knitting, but still needs to further develop these skills, she says. She also enjoys pottery. Currently she quilts, makes garments and does some small embroidery projects to keep herself busy in her limited spare time. Amanda's tip to new quilters and sewers is to always iron your patterns first. It makes it easier to pin and cut around. Also, measure twice, cut once. "You can't glue fabric back together". When asked why she started with Fabric Recycles, Amanda replied, "For the fabric! I'm obsessed with fabric, especially vintage fabrics. I love to work here because all of the amazing people I get to meet. I enjoy hearing about all of the projects they are working on and seeing their completed work." Amanda draws her inspiration from her grandmother and calls her crazy quilts "absolutely stunning". Her grandmother also crochets and used to tat. "She is an amazing woman and I hope to be as talented and patient as her someday."
Page Burns is the creator and owner of Fabric Recycles. The idea of Fabric Recycles literally came to her in the shower washing her hair. She has been sewing garments since she was 8 years old, doing a 4-H project every year for 10 years. Her mother taught her all she knows about sewing and got her into quilting in her early 20's. They made quilts together for many years, one would piece the top, the other would hand quilt it.
After the loss of her mother to cancer in 2005, she inherited her mother's sewing room. Her mother's collection was not small as it took an 18' trailer to move it! After a hiatus from any sewing at all for 3 years, and being too frustrated with her corporate job, she had to do something. Oprah always said, "work in your hobby". There has to be more people like me out there, with too much stuff and not enough time to put it together. Then Bam! The concept of Fabric Recycles was born.
She incorporated everything she knew, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Business, 10 years managing a cubicle production world and over 15 years in retail customer service, into the best shopping experience sewers& crafters could ask for!
So in the height of the recession, she quit her corporate job and opened Fabric Recycles in Overland Park, KS. With the help of all of our customers, Fabric Recycles was quickly accepted by the sewing and crafting community. In just 2 years, a second location in Lee's Summit, MO opened. Page hopes to have a Fabric Recycles in every state in the future.