Relative newcomers to Etsy (Dec 19, 2010), Bear Stitches is a shop run by Florence and Louise. Based in Vermont, both ladies find inspiration from the color and natural beauty of their surroundings. Bear Stitches was born out of a bit of brainstorming as they tried to figure out what to do with their stash of fabrics. They had seen an article on Etsy in a magazine and decided to start a shop doing something they love.
Florence says that one of their biggest challenges right now is getting noticed.
"There are so many bags on Etsy! We think we are different because we have been able to give work to women in our area by having them sew our linings and pockets. We live in an area of Vermont that has the highest unemployment rate in the State. A lot of the women in the area lost jobs when a major ski wear company took their manufacturing overseas. Even though many women found jobs, it is not doing the sewing they love. The more bags we sell, the more linings we need!"
I love this wool Kindle case!
What an awesome way to make a difference!! Another way they are making a difference is with one line of bags that they are making from upcycled fabrics. They are fabric samples that are in pristine condition, but would have been thrown away due to being discontinued. Bear Stitches saves these samples from becoming trash and their customers benefit along with the environment.