At the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I was wandering the exhibit hall, and some beautiful quilts and pillows that incorporated family history caught my eye. I wanted to know more about their creation, so I asked owner and seamstress Kathy Carrier to tell us a little more about them and about Keepsake Threads, her company. Here's what she wrote. (Thanks, Kathy!)
I have always been a seamstress. I learned how to sew in Girl Scouts and am as passionate about it today as I was 40 years ago. A few years ago I was thinking and praying about new business ideas around the same time my father-in-law died. My mother-in-law made teddy bears that year for all of us out of his favorite shirts. Once I saw the impact and meaning these bears had to our family, I realized that it would also bring meaning into other people’s lives.
Voila! Keepsake Threads was born to repurpose clothing, pictures and documents that people are sentimental about.We have created meaningful gifts for several years now. We have made Christening gowns out of family wedding dresses. We took all of the clothing of a young woman who died and we created quilts, pillows, purses, wall hangings and stuffed animals for the woman’s mother, husband and many friends. That is my favorite project of all thus far.
In May, the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center launched an initiative to offer personalized textile products to genealogy enthusiasts. Using our company, Keepsake Threads, the Center has developed an initial product line with ideas for future product launches. These items can be ordered using the button in the top left-hand corner of the ACPL Genealogy Center website. The new product line is now “live” at: http://www.genealogycenter.org. These inspiring products will be created using your family tree, your family crest or cherished family photos. All of these items can be transferred to fabric and incorporated into the finished products. Larger, custom orders can also be placed that will utilize more complex family trees for an additional charge. Also, if you have a particular color preference for the fabric and the look of the product, Keepsake Threads will customize your order with your color preference as well. The initiative was created with the genealogy enthusiast in mind and also to build the ACPL Foundation. A percentage of the sales from this strategy will be directed into the Foundation which was created in 1984 as a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 trust to receive, administer and distribute income exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of the Allen County Public Library. The Foundation raises private dollars to enhance the library's acquisitions, innovations and special projects beyond the capacity of the normal operating budget. These products were debuted last month at Federation of Genealogy Society conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Share your genealogy passion and research with your family by transferring your family tree to one-of-a-kind treasured gifts. Pillows! Quilts! Wall Art! Neckties! Order now to receive your products in time for holiday gift giving. Note that the product line will grow as customers express an interest in other products.
We have worked with clients from all over the country, including a few from the fine state of Pennsylvania. So, if you are interested in featuring your genealogy research on a quilt, a fabric animal, a scarf or a tie, simply email the enthused team at Keepsake Threads, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our website at www.keepsakethreads.com, or you can give Kathy or Deb a call at 877-99THREADS.