Tag Archives: boston

the side hustle: cloth hall

You guys, I am *so* excited!  So thrilled that I just used an exclamation point (and you know how I feel about those, right?).  I’ve been chipping away at a project w/ the serious help of some wonderful people…and the project has finally taken shape.

Cloth Hall
Image by Karen Kelly Photography, www.kkpforlife.com / Machine courtesy of Sara Dickerman

While the Huz and I were house-hunting, I was offered what basically amounted to an endowment — 5 industrial sewing machines, cutting tables,  and whatever tools and notions I wanted. The benefactor, Sara, is a retired design consultant and upholsterer, who learned the trade from her father and later continued with her husband. It was a ridiculously generous gift, which I am grateful for every. single. day. I didn’t know what I would actually do with the machines, in no small part, because we were house-free, but also because I had only ever sewn with my comparatively teensy home machine.  I did know that I NEEDED to find a house with enough workspace to accommodate them.

Fast-forward two years — I have a big, crazy house; an (almost!) fully functioning workroom; and a shiny new homewares business.  The spectacular Karen Kelly of Karen Kelly Photography first helped me focus and then helped me document. Her business sense and generosity with both her time and her talent helped give me the prodding that I so needed.  I can’t recommend her strongly enough.

My husband’s support can be summed up in two little words that freed me from more than my fair share of household tasks — “Go sew.”

Also helpful was repeating this Reid Hoffman quote: “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

So let’s just call this the launch of Cloth Hall, shall we?

Cloth Hall
Image by Karen Kelly Photography, www.kkpforlife.com / Pillows by Cloth Hall

For more on Cloth Hall and some wondrous photos, please check out Karen’s write-up.

You can also follow CH on Instagram, Twitter, and soon, on a new website.