My Mississippi Home presents, Patchwork!A sweet, down-home, retail experience straight out of Bruce, MS
How can I even begin to describe Patchwork?Precious and enchanting are the first two words that come to mind. The personality of Patchwork in Bruce, MS is one of great love and service. The atmosphere is light and bright, and you can almost hear the individual pieces that bring so much character to the store calling out to you.
Local Talent Creates Amazing Art to Display at Patchwork
Owner and head DIY diva, Leah McCormick, has the quiet, gentle voice one might expect from a southern belle born and raised in the deep south. Patchwork is the brainchild of this local woman whose care and concern for those who have experienced personal tragedy can only be described as magnificent.
Leah has been a treasure to this area for some time. After completing chemotherapy to fight breast cancer in 2012 Leah began to think of ways she could minister to others dealing with the disease. From that deep seeded desire, Fabric of Hope was born. With volunteers pitching in, designing and making crocheted hats for chemo patients, what was once just a passing thought became reality.
"Women all over the state sew and crochet adorable hats for men, women and children that we give away for free to anyone who has lost their hair for medical reasons. We distribute these hats to local hospitals and clinics. At least once a week, someone will stop by to pick up hats for a loved one newly diagnosed with cancer. The Fabric of Hope is not a non profit, we are self sustaining and we do not conduct fundraisers. We do not need money and I think that is refreshing. People constantly donate fabric and yarn which is then turned into hats! A large chest freezer is also located in the back of the store which holds all sorts of frozen foods, donated by civic groups and churches. The food is free to anyone undergoing cancer treatment."
Monogrammed Pottery and Unique Frames and Collectibles!
For some time Leah and her dedicated volunteers and supporters made do with what they had. When her local cause had grown too big for her living room, Leah knew it was time to step out in faith. With a longing to continue the Fabric of Hope, and to give something back to her town, Patchwork was the answer.
In June of 2014, Leah McCormick opened up this new local boutique called Patchwork. The back of her store now known as Patchwork houses her far reaching ministry, Fabric of Hope, and the front of the store boasts a quaint, boutique-type retail experience.
Leah is passionate about her cause and her store. Here's what she had to say about Patchwork -
"At Patchwork we celebrate quirky, the individual, USA made and, most of all, Mississippi artists! People have really responded to our mission of supporting USA made and buying local. And Mississippi has so much talent to show off! Tammy Jackson, owner of Kitty Hutty Woodcarving and Art Studio, is a phenomenal artist, renowned for her portraits of animals, particularly horses. She has a huge following of her hand-carved Cyprus Santas. What makes her unique is that she wades off into the swamp and harvests her own knees! With a chainsaw.... She is also very selective and may see hundreds of knees but may only harvest a few. She will only cut if she see an outline and form, already in the cyprus knee. She is also a member of Bruce First and the Bruce Dog Lover's League. Can you tell that I am very proud of her? Kim Burt is another local artist, well known for her Patchwork Angels (and that's a story in itself) and John 3:16 that can be found written on the backs of almost all her works. Kim pours a lot of love into her paintings and it shows. Gina Schmitz (Sassy Mama Designs) is best known for her incredible lettering and renditions of Col Reb...actually all things Ole Miss, and it's great when she and her husband team up to build beautiful pieces of furniture. Emily Rennie, aka The Magnet Lady, provides a lot of entertainment for kids and adults. Her textile creations, like Mississippi bookmarks, sachets, eye masks, felt monsters, bunny rabbits.....Emily can do anything with fabric. Robin Carr (RC Designs) is constantly creating something new with monogrammed items and she is my partner in crime in painting furniture and cabinets. Robin monograms shirts, Yetis, keyrings and tow trucks!"
Artwork galore by Local Talent
As you can see Patchwork is overflowing with stunning, creative pieces, many of which are made, designed, or refinished locally, right here in Calhoun County, MS. Trying to keep the unique flavor of her retail paradise artsy and authentic, Leah is selective about what products make the cut.
On display, you will find artwork by a wide array of talented local artists. Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint made in Tenn. is carried at Patchwork, and chalk painting classes are a regular occurrence. Homemade soap and bath bombs are a favorite! Patchwork carries "Homestead Moma's" line of natural skincare products and essential oils. You can even find a class about that at Patchwork, too!
With vendors like Grassroots Candles, Pink Moon Bath and body products, Homestead Moma, Sweetgum Forge,Persimmon Creek Candle Co., Sweet Potato Sweets, and Deer Run Pottery, I am confident everyone can find something to their liking at Patchwork.
Thanks for joining me today. It's so much fun to show off the unique things about My Mississippi Home, Bruce, MS.