was born of a love of quilts, primitives and folk art and the desire to work with these passions on more than just a hobby basis. After decades in the computer industry I decided to create a web site offering patterns and other related items that fell within the folk art and primitive theme I loved. Not having many primitive shops in my area I felt there was a niche I could fill. At least once a week people tell me they love the products I offer and can't readily find in their area, so I think I was right!
I am also a frustrated designer! At first the web site was created to be a means to keep money coming in order to help fund my ideas for my own penny rug pattern line. In the early days of my business I worked with Jackie Apessos of Lake View Primitives to help me get my only two penny rug patterns launched. Then, the sales side of the business took on a life of it's own and I became a retailer, offering more and more different designers and their patterns, books and then supplies to support the patterns. My design dreams got put on the back burner! I was, however, lucky enough a few years ago to have been asked to work with renowned rug hooker and designer Barbara Carroll (The Woolley Fox) and collaborate on a project which appeared in the book Projects for Fiber Art Lovers. I created a penny rug that coordinated with Barbara's hooked design called "Here a Chick, There a Chick". I would very much like to get back to my original plan of designing my own folk art and primitive projects as well as write articles for various fiber art publications in the future.
Simple Folk may be coming full-circle! In 2008 I plan to "down-size", narrow my focus and hopefully get back to some more creative time. We will be moving to a new home this year and my wish is to have some shop and studio space for my business. I am yearning to return to dyeing my wool, which is a very satisfying creative outlet for me, and I know my customers are anxious for my hand-dyed wool to return to my site for sale as well.
Thank you for visiting my shop in cyber space and I hope to meet you in my future "real" shop or on the road at one of the several shows where I vend during the year.