Folkwear Year in Review - 2021

by Molly Hamilton

Folkwear continued to stay busy this year, growing, creating more patterns, adding more PDFs.  We also added a few new people to our team.  Victoria joined us in March and has been packing and shipping orders since then, as well as sewing samples and creating art for Folkwear.  We have a new bookkeeper (thank goodness, because I was becoming overwhelmed doing it myself), and a new social media manager (the other Cynthia).

There have been some major personal challenges for me this year (I lost my husband to his illness and am now a single mom of four children), but we have also had some business challenges.  Mainly, our pattern printer shut down for good.  We have worked to transition to new options and continue to work to get the best prices and quality for our pattern printing.  This has also encouraged us to digitize as many patterns as we can - also making them into PDFs at the same time.  We have also expanded the sizing of several patterns as they have come up for printing.  And I am excited to partner with Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten for her workshop on Mexican Embroidery.  I also took a class with her this past year and it was so much fun - a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon, learning and stitching with other women.

Here are a few accomplishments made at Folkwear this year.

New pattern releases:

Basics Collection

PDF patterns released:

Patterns sized up this year:


Sew-alongs in 2021:

Cynthia A. wrote some interesting pieces on fashion and clothing history:

We had a couple of fabulous guest blog posts this year too:



We also made a number of new garments for Folkwear samples and to wear for ourselves.  

We did a lot this year.  We juggled a lot, we managed a lot, and we accomplished a lot.  We weren't perfect.  Things went awry at times; sometimes mistakes were made.  But, that is part of the process.  I am immensely proud of and grateful for our Folkwear team.  These women are talented, kind, and hard-working, and have carried the company through this year beautifully.

And a HUGE THANKS to our customers who have supported Folkwear this year (and reached out to me personally).  It means a lot that you support this small and hopeful business.  We hope that 2022 looks a bit brighter and that Folkwear keeps thriving.  

And we wish for you, a wonderful new year!