I thought I should probably tell you all a little about myself! I am Molly Hamilton, the current owner of Folkwear. I am a relatively new owner of Folkwear, just taking over at the end of December 2016 (more of the history here), and I am slowly working on transitioning Folkwear to be more digitally accessible, while remaining true to its roots - and fun to explore and learn!
I grew up in a small farming town in northeastern North Carolina (considered “the South” in the US), where my grandparents were very influential in my life. My grandfather was a farmer and my grandmother a farm wife who cooked, raised 3 daughters, and was an amazing seamstress.
I learned to sew from my grandmother. As a child, I hand-sewed Barbie dresses and machine-sewed lined notebook paper so I would learn to sew straight lines. I finally got into sewing with patterns when I was in college, and I loved it! I sewed through college - mostly concentrating on important dresses that I loved but rarely wore.
I got married to a wonderful man soon after graduating from college, and moved to the beautiful mountains of NC, near Asheville, where my husband’s family has a farm (two actually). Here is where we remain, excepting 2 years when we lived in Raleigh and went to graduate school. I have worked part-time for NC State University for nearly 13 years, doing Extension outreach for organic grain production in our state. Here you can see the farming influence from my grandfather. Agriculture, especially sustainable agriculture, is important to me.
However, I got more excited about sewing after I had my first baby 12 years ago, and a friend gave me a baby present of a large bag filled with sewing patterns for children, cute girly fabrics, thread, and lots of gorgeous trim and notions. I had so much fun with that present! I started sewing as much as I could - clothes for my children, clothes for myself, items for the house.
We now have 4 children - 2 girls and 2 boys (ages from 12 to 4). They love getting the clothes I make for them and I love to sew for them. They are wonderful children - delightful, fun, and lots of work! They are a priority (which is why I am usually not at the Folkwear office in the afternoon/after-school hours), and I love being their mother.
In the last few years I started drafting patterns for myself and my children. I enjoyed it, even though most of the time I had no idea what I was doing - but it worked (mostly!). I also got more involved in the local sewing and art scene, and last year exhibited two outfits I made for a juried Local Cloth fashion show.
I love working for Folkwear and love this company. When I am not sewing or working or taking care of my family, I love to hike (right from my house), garden, read, and just sit and watch the view.
I love to hear from customers too, and see what you all are making. We have a new Facebook Group for customers and fans to share what they are making, ask advice, and chat. It is called Folkwear Patterns Sewing Group. So, join if you are on Facebook and we will get to know each other!