Many years ago, I purchased an antique wool quilt and fell in love. Wool has many different variations... The texture: thick, dense, thin, smooth or rough. The pattern and color of the wool: plaid, herringbone, stripes and solids. Each of these factors come into play when it comes time for me to choose the right fabric for my stocking and pillow designs. Which fabric will be best for a moose, or a wolf? How about a snowman or pine tree?
Each item is handcrafted with great care and attention to detail. The individual pieces of the stockings and pillows are all traced and cut out by hand. Then the designs (animals, trees etc.) are also traced and carefully cut out. Once the designs are hand-sewn onto the surface, the stockings and pillows are then assembled on the sewing machine. Finally, each item is checked for any flaws before I proudly add the “Maine Made” tag.
AN ENDURING TRADITION
Each new holiday season brings many families to Away Up North, where they begin the tradition of choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of their family.
We see young couples having their first Christmas together, families returning to purchase another stocking for their “newest addition”, older families beginning a new tradition, and grandparents making sure each grandchild has just the right stocking!
My favorite part of creating each piece is hand-stitching the names on the stockings, or the initials on a pillow. When I first see the name or initials my customers request, that's when the stocking or pillow takes on a special personality. That's when a connection is created between me and you. I feel so honored, at that very moment, to become a part of your holiday traditions.
So travel on up to Away Up North, and begin a holiday adventure of your own. Choose a Christmas stocking or a pillow that will be cherished for a lifetime.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Although I am the owner, maker, and designer of Away Up North, this business adventure could not have happened without the tremendous support I receive from my family. They are there to lend a hand with everything from collecting balsam, design assistance, and photography advice, to packing orders, online marketing, and cooking dinners to make sure I'm fed! During the busy holiday season, they help make “Christmas happen” while I spend long hours in my workshop. The support I receive from them is amazing and I love them all!
LET'S BE FRIENDS
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Away Up North is a proud member of Maine Made: America's Best
Away Up North was very excited to be featured in DOWN EAST Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide, December 2013. http://www.downeast.com/133gifts/nester.html
Glenna Oliver, Owner at Away Up North