Erin.Lane Bags with Lindsey Martin is always a welcome topic on Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. As a sponsor, as a personal friend… being together is always precious. Supporting each other is what yarn and handcraft is often what it’s all about.
If you’ve heard Lindsey’s earlier visits, you may know, it was Lindsey’s need to keep her needles safely without getting lost that she and her mom began creating bags and needle keepers, forming a business using their two middle names to brand it with. Today Lindsey shared that her dad had gotten sick during that time and her parents lost their jobs so Mom felt extra committed to make this business work for all of them. Lindsey’s Mom passed away in 2012 and Lindsey felt compelled to keep the business going. In 2014, things came to a head with her teaching job and trying to run a business on her own. Erin.Lane Bags won out in that decision and Marly recounted that Lindsey’s dad was supportive, too, attending trade shows with Lindsey and trying to sell Marly EVEN MORE product. His health has deteriorated, though, and he passed away this last week.
It may seem incredible that Lindsey would choose to carry-out her commitment to guest today on the Yarn Thing podcast, but Lindsey says her folks would be most disappointed with her in not doing this visit today. If you heard the show today, you probably understood that better than we can explain, so we will continue with what’s new with Erin.Lane Bags. Some of us also have a need to stay busy, so…
A year ago, a successful crowd-funding gave Erin.Lane Bags the opportunity to have more choice in fabrics to create bags with. Being able to offer what customers want is always a smart thing in business and what they are finding is that customers love COLLECTING. Bags that commemorate the events or various fandoms have become a hot product for Erin.Lane Bags. The Sheeple bags have become a particular hit, which resulted from Lindsey working
with a designer to create themed Sheeple. For the California Sheeple bags, cartoon sheep surf, go hiking, or the tourist stuff. The Stitches South Sheeple do Nashville things, impersonate Elvis, visiting the Grand Ole’ Opry, sipping iced tea in a rocking chair….
The other idea was to let customers vote on what kind of bags they’d like to see. Just recently voting closed on what genres would be most welcome in a bag. Of course top posts went to the stitching crafts, knitting and crocheting. After that, Harry Potter, Stitch-tionary (sheep in intarsia, cables, etc), Star Wars and Dr Who tied, so Lindsey made the executive decision to not break the tie, but to do both. Which means we all win!
Really, hope you heard today’s episode, because you can hear how excited Lindsey is, now that the wheels here have started turning. There is talk about a Bob Ross Sheeple (think Happy Trees!), every SuperHero, SciFi, and other cos-play fun. In fact, there is plans for later this week an opportunity to watch her artist draw things live.
Not that everything with Erin.Lane Bags has been peachy. Lindsey says that Spoonflower changed their fabric printing process which puts a different chemical on the fabric and Lindsey is allergic to that chemical. The UPS Guy has taken to just throwing her fabric deliveries at the front door. But the excitement for her bags must be what is keeping her motivated. The Stitches bags at Stitches South SOLD OUT (it is a sock bag available only through the XRX booth and where you check in to get your badge in front of the market) Lindsey says she doesn’t even have one. The Stitches Midwest Bag goes on sale today, both Marly and Lindsey say to pre-order even if you are going so to make sure you’ll get one.
Please follow Erin.Lane Bags at their website: www.erinlanebags.com, make sure you are following them at their FACEBOOK PAGE (please, if you are on Facebook, DO FOLLOW for all the hot, hot, hot Erin.Lane Bag news), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and there is a Ravelry group.
Here are the links to previous visits to Yarn Thing podcast, from 2013, from Jan 2015, October 2015. I also found the link to Fiber Hooligans which is where I first heard of Erin.Lane Bags and Lindsey Martin.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it is available where it aired originally as an archived episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/06/07/erinlane-bags-with-lindsey-martin or with your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio. The behind the scenes video is also available at Marly’s Facebook page.