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Shop Owner Mary began hand embroidery projects at age 5, and made her first quilt at 12. She comes by it naturally, learning from her mother, Helen, who was an avid sewer, weaver, appliquer and bobbin-lace maker. Mary lives with her husband of 39 years, Buddy, at Lake Monticello outside of Charlottesville.

Dan has over 40 years of service and repair experience and has been with Cottonwood over 10 years. His vast knowledge allows him to service all makes of sewing machines, sergers, and industrial sewing machines. He is a long-term resident of Charlottesville.

Michelle grew up in Northern Albemarle where she now resides with her husband and three children.  She has a collection of antique and vintage sewing machines of all makes!  One of her favorite things about working at Cottonwood is meeting different customers and helping select fabric. 2021 brought new opportunities and Michele has now completed the Tech program and will be joining our Tech team!

Sandra has been quilting, sewing, and knitting for 40 years.  Small projects for family and friends are her specialty, keeping her creative during her husbands Army career that took them to Germany twice, Korea, and six different states!  She is the mother of five children, who are now grown, and grandmother of 4, including the newest addition in New Zealand!

Jessica began working for us in October 2020, during the mess of the pandemic. She is from Fluvanna County and now lives in Charlottesville with her husband and two children.  She came to help us in the back office when we  receive orders and to make sure we keep the NEW  fabric lines rolling in!

Robin received her first sewing machine at the age of twelve and learned basic skills from her mother and grandmother.  This knowledge came in handy while raising her four children, doing special projects such as making curtains for the house, and creating Halloween costumes for the kids.  Robin bought her first Bernina 13 years ago and took classes to learn to quilt. She now owns four Berninas, teaches quilting and has worked at Cottonwood for over10 years.

Nancy has been making things for as long as she can remember- everything from clothing and stained glass, to silver and gold jewelry and knitted sweaters. She recently purchased her first Bernina and is finishing up her first quilt! She is drawn to bright colors and geometric shapes. Fabric designs serve as an inspiration for many of her projects. When Nancy is not at Cottonwood, she is a Teaching Assistant in Albemarle County. 

Jenny grew up in Maryland and came to Charlottesville for college at UVA. She felt homesick and eventually returned home. After some time in Maryland and West Virginia she came back to be in Charlottesville.  When Jenny is not sewing or quilting, she's knitting and always has her camera in her hand!  Her favorite part of being able to come to work at Cottonwood where she can see all the different fabrics!       

Katie joined Cottonwood in June 2021. 
She recently graduated from Albemarle High School and will attend Oberlin College and Conservatory in the Fall.  Katie learned to
sew as a child and is in the process of making her first quilt.
Will began working at COTTONWOOD on September 8, 2021.
Kris began working at COTTONWOOD in September 2021.
She has been sewing for over 50 years, quilting for 30.  She attended Florida State University where she earned her B.S. in Fashion Design & Merchandising and later Owner of 3 sewing and quilt shops for over 10 years in Florida.  Kris has extensive knowledge of machines, as well as sewing and quilting techniques.
She enjoys sharing her knowledge of techniques, as well as her expertise on the products she uses and sells.  Students enjoy the classes and feel a sense of accomplishment as well as an understanding of techniques that can be used in future projects.
Kris is an educator for the Rhinestone Genie and a Certified National Educator for Pam Damour, The Decoration Diva.  She is an award-winning quilter and holds other certifications in quilting education as well as being a Jenny Haskins Academy of Accreditation Embroidery Teacher.  She is an amusing and talented instructor and salesperson, her passion and enthusiasm are highly contagious.  During the summer months you may find Kris sailing, teaching sailing and competing in sailing regattas in Florida and Virginia.
Kris has recently moved to the Charlottesville area and is looking forward to meeting COTTONWOODs' clientele as well as sharing her knowledge on the sales floor and in the classroom.
Kris has 2 grown children and a "polar bear" Labrador named Skipper.