We currently have several staff members who each have experience in different areas of sewing, quilting, knitting or home decor as well as with sewing machines. There is always someone available to figure out that stubborn sewing question, help thread your machine or help with the colour selection for a quilt
Natasha, takes a big load at the store with samples, classes, and more. Her beginners quilting classes are always popular. Natasha also organizes our class lists, orders fabric with Maria and works on Social Media. Natasha is very talented and often designs quilts for our many kits. If you enjoy the many hanging quilts, thank Natasha, the majority are sewn and quilted by her! Natasha is the floor manager at the Cloth Castle. Did you know that Natasha has worked for me since 1993!
Pauline, has a great skill with all sewing machines and does all the classes in the store for new sewing machine owners, She loves to sew and often makes the sewing samples that you see around the store. Pauline is getting close to retirement and has pulled back to 2-3 days per week. Pauline has worked for me since 1995.
Michael, my son-in-law, keeps all our home decorating fabrics in order. He is a very skilled artist and has attended design and art schools. Michael he is a well loved staff member with a lot of our interior design customers, and our local costume makers as he is very imaginative. He is very helpful and kind with his big smile. Michael loves movies and if you need help with your costumes he is your guy.
Maria, my youngest daughter, is co-manager. She is at the store on Fridays and can be seen working on the online store, ordering fabric with Natasha or editing social media and ads. She orders sewing machines and sergers. She enjoys putting together quilting kits or cutting fat quarters. Maria literally "grew up" in the store - the Cloth Castle is older than she is! At 3, she would stock the thread and had learned to read the numbers so that she could put them in the correct slot.
Bonnie, my oldest daughter, is co-manager. She is an avid sewer and loves to make clothes for her family. Bonnie teaches Kids Can Sew, Beginners Sewing and many others sewing classes. She is in the store from Monday to Thursday. Bonnie started her days at the store winding yarn onto spools for the many customers knitting sweaters back when we were the Yarn Barn. She is an avid skier and Disney enthusiast! Bonnie has 6 children and Bryan (who works here) is her second oldest.
Bryan, my grandson, loves to sew and quilt. Bryan spent many hours by his mother's side, (Bonnie my eldest daughter) as she sewed or taught sewing classes. His Aunt Michelle, (my second youngest daughter) taught him to quilt when he was eighteen and he was hooked! He has lots of knowledge with colour theory as he attended school for interior architectural design and it has become a great asset to our many quilt customers! Bryan is a kind guy and loves working at the store and loves helping anyway he can. I am glad Bryan wants to work at the family business as he is the forth generation of my family working here.
Sharon, a new addition to our Castle, is wonderful with our customers, she has a great laugh and loves to help customer pick out fabric. She is a avid quilter, and moved to Victoria to be with her daughters family. Always with a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart she will love to help you out.
Rita, is one of the newest member of our staff. An avid quilter, she belongs to many quilting groups. Rita continues to work as an EA during the school year. She will be in some weekends during the year and will help us out during the summer when other staff members are on holidays. Thanks, Rita!
I'm so fortunate to have a loyal and dedicated staff. I can't say thank you enough for all their hard work.
Sylvia Ratcliffe - Store Owner
"The Queen of Our Castle"