Woman turns folk art quilting into worldwide business in Green


George W. Davis

Sue Spargo with her folk art quilt “Forest for the Trees,” featuring trees and animals from all over the world, at her store in Green.

Eco-friendly — From becoming born in South Africa to generating a bright and colourful worldwide small business in her adopted Inexperienced has been a lifelong journey for dreamer, quilter, teacher, designer and globe-trotting traveler Sue Spargo. 

The founder and chief government of Sue Spargo Folk-Art Quilts at 3755 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite B, Spargo normally takes delight in all she and her family and staff have accomplished in excess of the final 20 a long time.

This quilt by Sue Spargo, titled “Folk-tails,” is inspired by Spargo's childhood in South Africa.

Spargo’s company has developed from a startup in her home’s basement to a 12,000-square-foot facility with two other places in between that the small business outgrew.

She now has 23 complete- and component-time personnel at her lone facility, including three of her four offspring. Daughter Kelly and son Jason are detailed as company secretaries, with Kelly in charge of the firm’s large internet site and Jason in cost of creation. Daughter Aimee is the corporate treasurer and graduate of both equally Youngstown Point out and Cleveland Condition universities. Son Andrew is a Kent State College alum and a trend designer in New York Town. Jason and Andrew are equally Environmentally friendly Substantial graduates.

Sue Spargo's business, which began in her Green home in 2002, has grown to a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, large classroom, offices and a retail store supplying products around the world.

The mother of four was not only raised in South Africa, she has lived in England, Connecticut, Tennessee and other locales right before picking to settle in Green mainly mainly because of the quality standing of Green’s school system “and the local community immediately felt like property,” she explained.

A nurse in Johannesburg right before starting up her world wide journey, Spargo is a self-taught quilter and designer, who has acquired from others and taught both at home and in many areas of the environment, like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a minor little bit in Europe. Portugal is her following spot, she unveiled.

Hand-dyed wools are sold at the store in Green.

The artist specializes in hand-dyed wool, wool embroidery and wool applique and has a hand-dying wool shop along with a significant classroom, offices and retail shop and reward store in her sophisticated, which is managed by Green Large graduate Abby Sexton.

Retail outlet hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The facility is closed Sunday and Monday.

Sue Spargo sells kits and booklets on how to make some of her designs, such as these pincushions.

With the siblings dealing with working day-to-day operations, Spargo is able to journey, which she loves, and educate her methods and style and design all over the U.S. and overseas while seeing the earth immediately after the a person- to 6-working day courses.

Spreading her fame, Spargo and her staff use the internet site, phrase of mouth and repeat organization to market their materials, including velvets, embroidery materials, present goods and all other artisan supplies for quilters, together with guides. She started a block of the thirty day period application prolonged before it became so popular, and she has posted extra than 25 books on her goods and techniques.

Sue Spargo sells unique and vibrantly colored cotton fabrics for quilting at her store in Green.

Spargo defined that a lot of her supplies are branded solutions created in this nation even though “we have a whole lot of diverse threads from several spots in the world like Germany, Canada, South Africa and Japan. And we also have our created thread line that is produced in Asia by way of a Canadian company.”

Summing up her daily life, Spargo stated, “I sense pretty fortunate to have been in a position to improve my craft from a passion into a small business, and I appreciate just about every stitch I develop. I also love to teach because my learners encourage me to discover even a lot more.”

George W. Davis can be reached at [email protected].

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