Matt and I would like to introduce you to Jaymee, the third member of our little Thread Theory team! Jaymee joined us a month ago as our Customer Service and Wholesale Relations Manager. If you’ve emailed us at firstname.lastname@example.org recently you will likely have chatted with her already!
Jaymee is a very strong addition to the Thread Theory team. She keeps the email inbox happily under control and has been posting to our Instagram and Facebook accounts each week. Since I am no longer busy accomplishing these daily tasks I have been free to work on upcoming patterns and search for new inspiring menswear fabrics and tools at a far more rapid pace than I was able to in recent months!
Aside from quickly taking on the daily tasks of Thread Theory business, Jaymee is brimming with energy and enthusiasm for the future which we will be putting to good use – there are some great plans in the works for improved communications with our wonderful retailers!
So that you can get to know Jaymee and feel comfortable speaking to her when you comment on Instagram or email us at email@example.com, I have asked her a few questions:
Morgan: What brought you to the Comox Valley?
Jaymee: My partner and I had been working on an exit strategy from Vancouver for years! We wanted to live anywhere along the west coast. Finally we were both finished with school and my partner got a job in the Valley.
Morgan: When you saw the Thread Theory advertisement, what was your first thought?
Jaymee: Working from home? With a local company? An excuse to seriously get into sewing? Yes please! I never thought I would get the job and even sent Morgan an email explaining how inspired I am by Thread Theory and how I would be a great fit even though I am new to sewing. I love creating with my hands; bread, pottery, gardening, ALL of it. I grew up doing all sorts of sewing projects with my Grandma but it didn’t really translate as I got a bit older and moved out west. So making my own clothes has been on my personal to-do list for years now. Luckily I strongly believe that surrounding myself with those who inspire me and are doing what I want to be doing and learning speeds up the process -it’s working!
Morgan: Can you tell us a little bit about your past?
Jaymee: I grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario and I could not wait to move out west, which I did when I was 17 to attend UBC. Like many young people I had no idea what I wanted to work towards. In the end I graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Eco-Health, a cross-discipline approach to exploring the health of social and ecological systems. I had also, until we moved, been rocking the health and wellness industry with my juicing (and entrepreneurial) skills by working at the best health forward shops in Vancouver (@thejuicetruck and @tightclub). Now that we are in a more rural area, I’ve come full circle and I can’t wait to have my own land one day.
Morgan: Now that you have had a month to immerse yourself in Thread Theory and the indie pattern sewing community, what are your top 3 favourite things about working in this industry?
- Realising that I can make really anything I want is pretty freeing! It feels like I cracked a secret code that the Industry doesn’t want anyone to know #freeyourwardrobe #freeyourself
- Obviously I am very new to sewing, but I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such a tight knit sewing community! Learning about other sewists like @sewciologist (who considers himself pretty new to sewing as well) is so inspiring.
- I love how sewing kits make the whole experience of learning to sew more approachable. I’m planning to try out the Comox Trunks kit soon!
Morgan: Describe what a day working for Thread Theory looks like for you.
Jaymee: Until I get to know the ins and outs of the industry and of Thread Theory, I am working part time. So on most days I wake up, make a latte or a tea and answer emails (you may have received one from me already!) and wholesale inquiries. I’ll then eat some breakfast and switch modes: Social Media! Getting to know all of you has been a treat! Once a week Morgan I have been meeting at a local coffee shop or brewery to touch base and make goals for the future.
Morgan: What projects do you have in the works for Thread Theory?
Jaymee: My #1 job right now is connecting with our wholesalers and getting feedback from them. I am eager to make very convenient for shops to carry our patterns so that more sewists can make menswear! So if you have a favourite local shop that may not know about Thread Theory patterns yet, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll introduce myself to them!
I’m also really excited about a new pattern series that we have in the works (shhhh!). Morgan is working on some sewing patterns suitable for new sewists and I LOVE being part of the process. So far I have had the opportunity to test out the patterns and have also given my input on the designs. I feel so lucky that I get to be creative and brainstorm for my job!
Morgan: What are your hopes and dreams for your future in the Comox Valley?
Jaymee: I am looking forward to growing my family and creating a home here. I feel so lucky that we landed in the Comox Valley! Living here feels like adult summer camp; everyone I meet is starting a new business or doing something that inspires them, in return I feel like I too must do what inspires me. It’s contagious!
Morgan: And how about your hopes for your future with Thread Theory?
Jaymee: I’m hoping my role will grow with the company. Currently I am still figuring out my pace, working from home is new to me and it takes a lot of discipline! As I become more comfortable with my current position I hope to start packaging up orders and assisting in sourcing quality tools and fabrics. I want to help inspire those new to sewing by helping to remove the barriers that have kept me from making and creating until now. I want to inspire seasoned sewers to create with quality materials that have as little impact on the environment as possible. The health of our communities is directly linked to the health of our environments and I believe this stands true for the sewing community as well.
Morgan: As a new sewist, what are you most excited to create?
Jaymee: There are so many things! So I will name just a few:
- Stanfield (a wool knit Henley)
- Rain Jacket
- Bread bag
Obviously they are not in order from easy to hard- but those are a few items that are on my maker’s bucketlist. I recently began experimenting with natural dye and I hope to combine these skills to create truly one of a kind items.
Thank you for your candid answers, Jaymee!
To sum things up, Matt and I are so glad to have Jaymee on the Thread Theory team! Her enthusiasm to learn about the sewing community, friendly writing style, love of the west coast, environmental consciousness, and energetic and systematic approach to her work have made her a perfect fit for the Thread Theory team.