Stop Six on our Etsy Rhode Trip: Connecticut!

Our featured Etsian from Connecticut is none other than my massively talented mother! I swear I'm not biased, even if I didn't know her, I'd still be blown away by her amazing and innovative one of a kind designs!

Uniquely Nancy

HT: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

NT: My name is Nancy Tanguay and I'm a professional seamstress. I've been sewing for 50 years and I've been working as a costumer for the last 15 years.

HT: How did you find out about Etsy?
NT: My daughter, who is an artist, told me about Etsy, and I felt the immediate pull to try it out. I've been doing craft shows for 30 years and it felt like it was time to try something new!

HT: How did you become interested in making handbags?

NT: I love sewing and quilting, but I wanted to expand my work into something more three dimensional, so I tried designing a handbag and I was hooked!

HT: What aspects of your home state inspire you?

NT: I live in a very rural area with my husband and son. There are a lot of crafters in the area (there's not much else to do!) and they inspire me to keep trying new ideas. We are all fabric-aholics, and enjoy taking day trips to fabric stores across the state. We are like kids in a candy store!

HT: What are your favorite materials?

NT: I love all fabric. I really can't choose one type of fabric that I love more than any other - I use everything from cotton to wool to dupioni silk to batik!

HT: Do you currently have a favorite item in your shop?

NT: I love my new teapot handbags and catch-alls, especially the yellow one with the blue flowers, and the pumpkin! I put potpourri in the one in my personal collection and sewing notions in another, using the lid for a pin cushion.

HT: Have you ever visited Rhode Island?

NT: I visit Rhode Island about twice a year since my daughter moved there. It's a beautiful state with inspiring scenery. I often visited the beaches there in my youth.

HT: What is your favorite color?

NT: I do have a tendency to choose a lot of fabrics in the blue family, but I also love the vibrancy of reds, oranges and yellows.

HT: What are your Etsy New Year's resolutions?

NT: I'm hoping to develop a dozen new patterns this year, and maybe something completely new and out of the box!
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1 Response
  1. Julie Beck Says:

    Go momma tanguay! LOVE the teapot handbags, so cute and unique!