Gina - Owner, Bolt Fabric Boutique
Gina was inspired to open Bolt Fabric Boutique in 2005 on the heels of Portlanders’ curiosity about the fresh, contemporary fabrics she used in her handmade duvet cover business. She envisioned a creative space where sewists, quilters and crafters would feel welcomed, comfortable and inspired amidst a carefully-curated assortment of fabrics, notions, patterns and supplies—the result is Bolt Fabric Boutique.
A lifelong sewist and a former social worker, Gina loves using her expertise to help customers problem-solve and figure out how to transform their creative visions into a reality, regardless of their sewing experience. While Gina’s favorite fabrics are the rich, bold colors of Kaffe Fasset’s prints and the classic versatility of shot cottons, she also enjoys exploring the shop with her customers, discovering their unique tastes and styles expressed within the shelves of Bolt.
When she’s not busy with Bolt, Gina loves exploring the surrounding neighborhood, where she also lives. She also enjoys discovering Portland’s local, independent garden centers, food markets and bookstores.
Sarah joined Bolt after a career working in fabric stores on the east coast—starting when she was just a teenager! A mostly self-taught sewist, she’s watched the world of fabric and sewing evolve and has really done it all. She brings this know-how to her work at Bolt, where she loves helping customers pick out coordinates and explore the fabrics and patterns that excite them and help them stretch their skills. She believes there’s no right or wrong when it comes to creativity and encourages sewists to not overthink things and just enjoy the process of making. For her own projects, she adores sewing bags in natural fibers and working with sturdy denims and cotton duck.
When she’s not working at Bolt, Sarah—who’s new to Portland—loves exploring her new city on foot and sampling local craft beer.
Jenna brings a love of all things fiber arts to the Bolt team, as she’s also a knitter in addition to being a sewist with a passion for delicate voiles, drapey rayons and cotton lawns. She learn to sew on her mother’s knee at the age of four, and carried on the family tradition of receiving a sewing machine for her 21st birthday! Since she’s also an educator, Jenna relishes talking to customers who are new to sewing and helping them get down to the root of what they want to create and the best way to make their vision come to life. She’s also a master of the “franken-pattern,” and loves talking alterations with customers who want to make their projects truly their own.
When she’s not in front of her sewing machine, Jenna spends her free time running, walking and hiking around Portland and its local natural areas and enjoys taking advantage of the city’s wonderful arts and culture attractions.
Our newest team member, Cate, learned to sew with her grandmother who taught her to make pillows and doll clothes. Portland’s vibrant DIY culture brought her back to her sewing roots ten years ago. A graphic designer and art director, Cate loves the unique creativity sewing her own apparel and accessories brings. At Bolt, Cate enjoys helping beginning sewists figure out their style and learn to “see” how they can create that style with fabric, thread and a pattern. Arranging the bolts on the shelves feeds Cate’s love of design and she gets excited every time a new shipment of fabric arrives.
In addition to working at Bolt, Cate freelances as a graphic designer, hangs out with her family and is trying her best to train her dog. She also enjoys cozy mysteries and anything by Louise Penny or Agatha Christie. She spends her free time checking out Portland’s beer and wine scene and all the foodie goodness in northeast Portland like Old Salt and Red Sauce Pizza.
Working at Bolt is a dream come true for our newest team member, and former professional ballerina, Cameron. When she started making plans to return to Portland after a stint in Chicago, she thought, “If I could choose anywhere to work in Portland, it would be Bolt,” since it was her favorite place to shop when she lived here. Fortuitously, the stars aligned and Bolt had an opening!
Cameron is a relatively new sewist, having become serious about the craft in the last few years, though her seamstress aunt taught her to sew when she was a kid. She takes the “always learning” approach to everything she tries, and loves imparting the joy of discovering a new challenge to everyone who comes through Bolt’s doors. Cameron also enjoys helping select bright, creative fabric combinations she never considered, since her textile loves skew to timeless linens and flannels—she loves seeing fabrics come to life in someone else’s vision.
In her time away from Bolt, you’ll find Cameron behind her sewing machine, knitting, exploring the the beauty of Oregon’s outdoors or toiling away on her graduate school homework.