At MarcyTilton.com we are committed to serving and supporting each customer's unique creativity and sharing our love of fabric. We provide a curated collection of fabrics and products chosen with Marcy's discerning eye. Buying fabric on the internet is a new experience for many, and our goal is to make it a personal, satisfying and fun experience for our valued customers. Located in rural Southern Oregon, 5 miles from California and about 50 miles from the coast in a pristine small valley.
The ArtBarn is not a retail store, sorry, it is not possible to visit/shop.
Call if you have questions about a fabric, matching a color, weight, feel, putting together an outfit. (541-592-2969).
MarcyTilton.com is a natural outgrowth of my lifelong love of sewing and sharing that love in classes and workshops, books, magazine articles, Vogue patterns and currently via the website, blog, newsletters and direct contact with our customers. If you call with an order or question, you just might get me on the phone and it often leads to a sewing conversation.
Our online fabric store got its start 10 years ago when I sold small amounts of fabric in workshops and lectures, then grew to a website with few bolts of knits and a handful of silk screens, located in my design studio with Shelley as my assistant. We've grown to a team of 6, remodeled the barn, where current fabric is kept and shipped from, expanded Katherine's studio while adding a mini warehouse, then expanded our receiving warehouse/photo studio. I do the buying, photograph and name each fabric, run the back side of the website, do the marketing/advertising, write the blog and if I am lucky, get into the studio and sew. The ArtBarn team keeps the orders flowing. When I sold The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco over 20 years ago and moved to the country I dreamed of this and feel so lucky to be living the dream. I love every aspect of what I do and love sharing my passion for fabric, design, making and creativity with others.
The Art Barn Team
I am always surprised at what the word ‘do’ at Marcy Tilton means. It can means being the eyes and hands of a customer who is looking for fabric that they can not touch. It can be helping someone find fabric for a wedding or an event and hoping they will look just as they imagine when the event arrives. It can mean rushing something out to meet a deadline or offering encouragement to someone who is new to sewing or coming back after many years. It can involve working with a team to find the best way possible to do something new, and for all of us, it involves putting on our Harry Potter sorting hats, (which are colorfully lined up on hooks on the wall) and facing either a computer of mounds of beautiful fabric and making order out of chaos.
In my own work, I create Prayer Flags which are sold via my Etsy store, called OnTheWindPrayerFlags. Any way that I can convey a feeling thru fabric, is my goal. I love to sit down at my machine and just watch the stitches form under the needle. My eye appreciates simple, clean line and color. A word that comes to mind is ‘impression’. Everything we see leaves an impression, so how can I convey thru fabric an impression. When I came to work for Marcy and saw the love and creativity she brought to surface design I was overwhelmed by the magic of what could be done. I think about it every day and can’t wait to get to the peace and quiet of my sewing room and begin a project.
With six different women all sewing and constantly creating, I love the six different perspectives of taking an idea into form and I love the sharing of ideas and constant encouragement to grow those ideas.
I facilitate and ensure the flow of fabric to our customers.....in a nut shell I'll say I fill fabric orders. But that doesn't really describe what I do. My days in the ArtBarn are filled with simple processes so that I remain focused and tuned in to several things at once, and enable me to work in rhythm with the energy around me. Years ago I received a Thank You card from a customer that said ""How You do anything is how you do everything". It is a message I have taken to heart and affirm everyday.
This opportunity to work for Marcy has felt like a major Life gift. All my adult life I have been self employed along with my husband as basket makers, which is a very different mode of making a living in the world. Now I am surrounded with women who are strong and creative expressionists. Marcy encourages us to extend into being better sewers and tuning our fabric awareness and language of. Really really, this is a dream job come true. It has challenges enough in all realms and plenty of fun and good feelings to keep me smiling inside and out.
Every morning I sip tea and hand stitch. At the end of each day I settle myself by stitching even more, for I love the feel of thread and the rhythm of the needle weaving in and out of cloth. Small little stitches while my mind slips off into day dreaming. I have spun, dyed and woven wool. Been a knitter always and since I became an adult, have sewn some of my clothes.
What fuels me? Waking up into my extraordinary life each day with my beloved mate who is a calm, steady, warm force. The natural world surrounds us: we live on a large piece of land where bear and fox and all manner of critters make their home. There are a couple of blogs I daily step into for inspiration; Jude Hill and Terri Windling...they expand me.
I help Marcy with organizing incoming fabrics and getting it ready for photography. In the ArtBarn I'm in charge of sending samples and fill in with shipping and cutting fabric as needed. Some days I'm in the garden and others I keep the recycling moving to the local center. I've been sewing since scout camp when I was 9 and over a lifetime do embroidery, hand and machine sewing. I enjoy the women I work with and Marcy, her world is a big YES, a great place to start from.
Katherine's charming studio cottage is right next to the ArtBarn and she is a creative muse to us all. An essential part of the fabric buying, she accompanies Marcy on buying trips. Not only is she our on site go-to tech person, but she has an unerring eye for combining patterns and prints when we create our Cool Combos. Katherine is a whiz with spread sheets and does a stellar job keeping the records and itinerary for the Paris tours. An intuitive and practical designer, we all come to her for design consults on our sewing projects.