Inbetween looking at sample books and swatches of new fabric collections we managed to pin down Steve Bennett from Winbourne Fabrics, our highly experienced Moda UK representative, and ask him a few questions...
Hi Steve! Thanks for chatting with us, so how did you come to work in the crafty industry?
I have always been a "Rep" in the retail sector, for 30 years now! I was in papercraft before getting into the patchwork and quilting industry, now I've been here for 9 years. I worked 5 years with a competitor and then Moda asked me if I'd like to work for them.
So what does a typical working day for a fabric rep involve?
Journey planning is the hardest thing I do, making appointments in one area so I dont end up criss-crossing the country! Also making sure I have the right samples for the right customers.
Do you have any creative hobbies? Has anything ever tempted you over to the craft side?
I play guitar, I have since the age of 14/15. But no sorry, I'm not crafty.
What's your favourite part of being involved with the quilting community? Any memorable moments?
It's a nice industry to be in. Passionate people who love what they do, and thankfully my fabric! Lots of memorable moments with customers - but most will have to stay with me! I couldn't repeat them! But being presented with "Best Brand" for the sixth year running was a nice surprise.
If you were to design a fabric collection, what would be the theme and what would you call it?
It would be something bright and bubbly, I would call it "Keep Smiling".
Click here to see the amazing fabrics that Steve brings us!