Change (on leaving Andover)…

Many regular visitors to this blog may have noticed that I have seemed a bit on edge for the past few months, kind of stressed and unhappy. There have been a lot of things going on, some personal and some professional. As with all things, decisions cannot be put off forever, so I’ve decided to start making some changes.

The first change is that I will no longer be making fabric with Andover Fabrics. While I am truly grateful for the opportunity they (especially Gail Kessler) gave me two and a half years ago, it has become clear to me that it is time for me to move on. Thesaurus will be my last collection with Andover, and I obviously hope it does really well; there is so much of me and my history in that collection.

While I am obviously nervous about this decision, I must admit I feel an enormous sense of relief. As you all know, my voice is enormously important to me, and I feel like this move is the right one to really let me explore just how that voice fits into this world. In the immediate future I’m focusing on writing, embroidery, and some new quilts.

Of course, I’m going to start working on finding a new fabric home, because I have so many more collections left in me. Hopefully I’ll find a new partner soon; there is still so much more to do and say. Now to find that perfect fit…

Oh, and with any luck my fortune from dinner at New Harmony in Philadelphia this week will prove to be accurate, assuming I do still have talents left in me…


Keep your fingers crossed for me.

So, here’s the question: where do you think might be a good fit???


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12 Responses to Change (on leaving Andover)…

  1. 1
    Penny Barnes says:

    Sometimes in life…we all have worn the wrong shoes and gotten blisters. Sometimes we continue to wear them because we think surely they will fit np better with time and wear….but they just don’t. Doesn’t mean the shoes are any less pretty and stylish….or not well made. It just means they didn’t fit our feet just right. And so…we look for new shoes…that fit our feet and support us in all the right places. Sometimes…it takes a few pairs to get it just right.

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    Nessa says:

    I wouldn’t want to suggest fabric companies, only because I’m not savvy about how their reps would behave behind-the-scenes. But I will say this: after your experiences, going forward, I feel confident that you will know home when you find it. P.S. When I saw your fortune cookie, I initially misread it as “subtly rewarded”. Which I kind of like on its own merits. 🙂

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    Teresa says:

    I think your experience is universal in many ways. We often try things out, expect the very best and it just doesn’t work. I’m looking at my own ways of moving on right now and while we never can know what the future holds, I’m hoping for happiness. For me and my family, for you and yours. xo, t

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    Mary Ann says:

    Well I want to say things work out as they are meant…things work out as they are meant…profoundly true I find.

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    Maggie Magee says:

    A brave step, Thomas! I do have a suggestion, but will send you an email.

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    Jamie says:

    I am glad you’ve made a decision and charted a new path for yourself! You’ve given a lot I thought to it and I’m sure you have made a good decision. I have no clue about fabric companies but I will say I love In the Beginning. I never feel like the company is pushy and it has so many talented designers, with more modern fabric it seems lately. Good luck!

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    Julie says:

    Try Blend and maybe Camelot they are up and comers.

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    Joanne Jones says:

    Cloud 9. Individuality on a plate. Oter thoughts… Dear Stella or Blend.

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    Jane B says:

    I have no idea of the way the fabric companies are run and where your beautiful sensibilities will fit, but always be true to yourself and good things will come to you.

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    Sally says:

    Thomas, it may sound odd but I think you’re an “In The Beginning” kind of guy. Give them a holler, they seem to be open to unusual pattern and color options and to artists who have very definite voices, who aren’t jumping on every trend. There’s not a lot of logic behind what I just wrote, but my gut says give them a look.

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    auntie pami says:

    Oh Sweetie, I’m sorry your life is upside down right now. I would love to see some embroidery from you. You have some very nice graphics that would translate well. Perhaps you could intermix words and art. I’d recommend Blend and/or Cloud 9.

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