Interview: Fancy Tiger Crafts

We consider ourselves very lucky to live near Fancy Tiger Crafts, one of our favorite shops and community crafting gathering places. Celebrating 11 years in business today, Fancy Tiger is owned by Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran. They were kind enough to answer some of our questions below. Be sure to check out their shop next time you are in Denver, and if you attend the 11th Anniversary Celebration today and are one of the first 100 people there, you'll get one of the copies of Colorful Stitchery by Kristin Nicholas that we donated to the gift bags!

Congratulations on your 11th year anniversary! Would you mind describing what Fancy Tiger Crafts is for people who may not know?

 Thank you! We are a retail store for the modern crafter located in Denver Colorado and online at fancytigercrafts.com. We sell supplies and teach classes for many textile-related crafts such as sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, spinning and felting. We also create our own patterns for garments, quilts, and knitting.

How has Fancy Tiger Crafts grown and changed from your initial vision when you started the store 11 years ago?

It has changed so much! We started as a tiny shop with just a few baskets of yarn and a handful of fabric bolts. We have grown over the years (and moved) and now occupy a 4000 square foot space that includes two large sewing classrooms and a dedicated space for community gatherings. We started designing our own patterns and now offer patterns for garment sewing, quilting, knitting and crochet under our brand that are distributed worldwide. 

 What is your favorite part about the community that you have fostered through Fancy Tiger Crafts?

We love meeting other crafty people! One of our favorite things about being a part of this community is the sharing of knowledge—we get to teach the thing we love to others, as well as learn from some of the folks who love crafting as much as we do. In the shop, it's so inspiring to see what people are making everyday. The local community of crafters as well as the online community are a constant source of inspiration.

Tell us about your forthcoming book and also the patterns that you’ve created and sell in stores nationwide.

We have two books coming out! Wool Journey: Shetland is part travel guide/part knitting patterns inspired by our travels. We love traveling and exploring countries with a strong knitting and wool culture and have been to Iceland, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, and Shetland. Our second book Constellations: 12 Pieced Astrological Blocks, 8 Personalized Sewing Projects, out this fall, is a collection of modern patchwork blocks and projects inspired by the stars. We have our own line of garment and quilting patterns, which are sold here in our shop and at other independent sewing shops around the world. Our garment patterns are simple, stylish garments that are beginner friendly and easy to wear. Our quilt patterns are also beginner friendly, with a focus on simple, quick construction for the modern quilter.


What are you looking forward to in your next decade in business?

 We are looking forward to more crafting! We plan on continuing to make things by hand, to write books, publish patterns and travel the world to bring sustainable, inspiring supplies and techniques to our community. We'll also continue bringing crafting superstars from around the world to our Denver shop.

 

Thanks to Jaime and Amber for answering our questions. You can find Roost Books like Wise Craft Quilts by Blair Stoker and Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant in Fancy Tiger's craft book section.