Stacy Hennigan learned how to sew when she was a child, turning placemats in to tote bags. Once she was in high school, she busied herself making costumes for plays. Her first plunge into quilt making came after college. “That first quilt is still one of our most-used pieces. We take it to the beach, for picnics in the park, and we play on it in the yard,” Hennigan said.
Hennigan was looking for something she could do while raising her children as a stay-at-home mom, and still have fun with a business. She said, “I knew I wanted something small and kitschy.” A mobile fabric boutique, she decided, would be the best of both worlds.
Searching eBay, Craigslist and local sales for the perfect camper, she came across the Frolic one night on eBay. Hennigan said, “It was living in southern Virginia, and I knew it had to be mine! A 16-foot, 1965 travel trailer turned boutique!” Her husband Mike helped gut and renovate of the camper. They stayed with a similar, but brighter color palette for the exterior, which conveniently matches the color of the center of a pineapple.
“I came up with the name The Pineapple Stitchery almost immediately,” she said. “I wanted a place where every crafty person could come and feel welcome.” Hennigan said the symbol for welcome is a pineapple, so what better image to use for her logo design and name? She added Stitchery because not only is it a quilt shop, she also offers yarn, embroidery and cross stitch kits, as well as fabric.
The items at The Pineapple Stitchery are organic, handmade and fair trade, and the price reflects that, so they may be a little more expensive than what's offered by big-box stores, she said.
The Pineapple Stitchery is available to travel to guilds or groups for pop-up shops. The Pineapple Stitchery is located in Georgetown. For more information, go to thepineapplestitcher.com, or find The Pineapple Stitchery on Facebook and Instagram. Open by appointment only; call 484-716-6508 or email Stacy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find her at the ReStore Marketplace, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at 18501 Stamper Drive, Lewes. The Ocean Pines Quilt Guild welcomed her as a pop-up shop to its September business.