The Fabric of Life
Willow Creek Woman Opens Fabric Business
By Shelly Middleton, Two Rivers Tribune
Fabrics have many prints, designs, shapes, sizes, and material. With just a needle, thread, and a little bit of fabric, the possibilities are endless. For Willow Creek resident, Pam Sundberg, fabric has become her passion, something that keeps her mind at ease and gives her pleasure no matter the occasion. And now she’s turning her own passion into something the entire community can enjoy.
“It is almost an addiction,” said Sundberg. “There are so many beautiful fabrics. I purchased a portion of Kathryn Willet’s Marble Mountain Boutiques inventory when she left the area.”
Sundberg said the endless supply of fabric that has taken over her basement has not only helped fill a void in her personal life, after recently retiring from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department after 30 years of county service, but she also hopes that it will fill a void for the local community.
Sundberg began quilting nearly 10 years ago. She’s learning from some of the best local quilters in the area. She’s also gained a wealth of knowledge from friend and fellow quilter, Renee Stauffer.
When Willett, who operated her business out of her home, decided to relocate Sundberg saw an opportunity.
“She got us all hooked, then left,” Sundberg said with a slight chuckle.
But instead of letting the business go down the drain, Sundberg decided to reopen it out of her home in Willow Creek. She has now added on to the list of supplies she currently has on hand at her store, and hosted a grand opening celebration last Saturday.
Although Sundberg admits that she’s still a beginner, she likes to feed off others’ expertise and get advice and tips from fellow quilters.
“I’m still learning,” she said. “We (family) all knew how to sew, but I’m certainly not a seamstress.”
She would eventually like to host quilting and fabric dying classes at her store. The purpose of the classes are not just to promote her business, but to bring local quilters together to show off their talent.
Like most quilters, Sundberg said the best thing about this pastime is the camaraderie between women.
The local guild, By the River’s Stitchers, meet the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am at the Karuk Community Senior Center in Orleans and at the Willow Creek Open Door Clinic Family Center on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 am.
Madrone Tree Fabrics and Gifts will also carry local jewelry and artwork. It is located at 393 Fairway Drive on Bigfoot Subdivision in Willow Creek. For more information, contact Pam Sundberg at (707) 496-9022.