Wednesday, March 26, 2014
When perusing the arts and crafts portion of this year's Flowertown Festival, a required stop along the booth midway should be Stitches and Paint, a festival mainstay that's been featured in fairs, festivals and craft shows throughout the Southeast for more than 20 years.
A Mitchell family operation, Stitches and Paint started in 1992. In the beginning, founder Lisa Mitchell painted and appliquéd t-shirts, sweatshirts, and denim jumpers, and displayed her products in local fabric stores.
“It all began when I made some appliquéd sweatshirts and took them down to the local fabric store,” she said. “They wanted to display them and have me teach classes on how to make them.
"A friend suggested that I rent a booth and sell them at a local craft show. I did and received many orders. Ever since then, we have been participating in craft shows."
Today Stitches and Paint features a variety of handmade handbags, wallets, phone bags, key rings and accessory products.
Based out of Georgia in the metro Atlanta area, Stitches and Paint is a mother/daughter online store. While there is no physical store location, Stitches and Paint particaptes in about 15 craft shows and festivals annually.
Products can be purchased via email or online via www.stitchpaint.com or at craft shows.
“We usually head out to set up on Thursdays and stay gone through Sundays,” Mitchell said. “We've traveled throughout the Southeast and once as far away as Michigan, but we like to keep our traveling to a day's drive.”
Stitches and Paint items are washable but Mitchell advised when cleaning any specialty product, to be careful.
“Wash the articles in a laundry bag on gentle cycle and tumble dry low for best results,” she said.
Customers are invited to email their questions and product comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.