At the beginning of October 2013, eight women stepped forward to preserve our town's local yarn and fabric shop, Sew Steamboat. Over that summer, the store went up for sale and, by mid-August, the local fiber arts community jumped into action. First, LA Bourgeois, the knitting instructor for Sew Steamboat, began approaching people about creating a partnership (modeled on the cooperative structure) to take over the store. On September 15th 2013, enough fiber enthusiasts had committed financially to the idea to make it a reality and these six women (Donna Henderson, Laurie Manning, Nancy Paul, Cho Tin Tun, Kathleen Titus and Lynn Wunder) joined Mariana Ishida, an original partner, and LA Bourgeois in running and operating the store. During October, two additional ladies stepped forward to work towards becoming members of the partnership, Bonnie Madderom and Mariah Poole. During the year 2014, a few changes occurred and the partnership welcomed Blair Weibel and Cindy Clark! In April of 2016 we welcomed Carol Mikkelson to the partnership. In the month of October 2016, the partnership said farewell to Kathleen and La, leaving only 7 ladies in the partnership. We wish Kathleen and La the best! The year 2017 has brought another change to the Sew Steamboat partnership by welcoming Stephanie and saying goodbye to Blair!
Our Mission Statement: “To maintain a sustainable business that inspires the residents and visitors to the Yampa Valley to explore their full potential in the fiber arts by providing the tools and materials, classes and events necessary for their exploration and education, and maintaining a venue for them to gather and express themselves.”
Carol grew up in Golden Colorado, where even as a young child she loved making things. Her first sewing projects were doll clothes, which she was taught to make by her maternal grandmother. Carol went to college where she majored in art, earning a BFA in photography. After a few years of working as a darkroom technician, she moved to Vail Colorado to work as a ski instructor, where she met her husband Karl. Carol started quilting while living there and has now been a quilter off and off for the last 25 years. She has two adult children and enjoyed her years as a stay-at-home mom. While her kids were young she volunteered her skills to start a 4-H quilting group for teens as well as teaching art for her son's Boy Scout Troop. She is looking forward to being part of Steamboat's creative community through Sew Steamboat. Carol is inspired by the work of others and hopes she can lift other people up in their creative journeys.
Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick
Cho was born in Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar) and grew up in Malaysia where her family moved every two years due to her mom's work as a medical doctor. She loves the oldies and classic rock and her favorite thing to do is have a lazy day where she can just knit or do nothing, which rarely happens in her busy schedule. Cho loves to try new things and is always up for anything as long as it’s not harmful to anyone or anything. She constantly sets new goals for herself and strives to reach her goals. Cho is an educator, teaching Resort Business and Business Information Systems at Colorado Mountain College and is a self-proclaimed techie-nerd owning and operating Steamboat eBusiness. She sees Sew Steamboat as a place to gain many valuable friendships and wants everyone to keep crafting and to understand how much we value them.
Donna grew up in the very small town of New Port Richey, Florida. This tight-knit community was a great place to raise children with only one elementary, one middle and one high school. Wearing many hats while making a living working for the U.S. Government for 36 years, Donna now calls Steamboat Springs home. Her favorite thing to do is to relax while crocheting which is what originally brought her to Sew Steamboat where she now has many new friends who enjoy crafting, like her. She likes meeting people from all over the world which inspires her to learn new skills like playing golf and working with yarn. Someday she plans to be able to knit as well as she crochets and looks forward to more new friends through their shared passion of creating with yarn. Donna’s message to all of her current and future Sew Steamboat friends is that “We are here for you, please let us know what we can do to make your experience more enjoyable.
Lynn is the oldest of five children growing up in the rural mountains of Maine. She and her siblings spent most of their time outdoors swimming or on skis. She likes to read, spend time in her garden and enjoys good wine. Lynn spent 23 years as a physical therapist in a private practice before retiring. She has many seasons of volunteering, here in Routt County, helping kids in 4H learn to sew. To her, Sew Steamboat is an avenue for creativity with a great sense of community. She encourages all to come in and have fun! Lynn teaches Sewing Classes and she is an excellent resource for all your sewing projects. Come take a class with Lynn or contact her at Lynn@SewSteamboat.com.