Handmaiden’s Cottage getting national attention

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A local business owner is being featured in a national magazine. Lynn Jeffries is the owner of Handmaiden’s Cottage, an online shop on Etsy.com. Jeffries sells sewing patterns for children’s clothing (mostly dresses), doll dresses, and aprons.

Jeffries’ pattern is featured in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and her apron even made the cover. Better Homes and Gardens, a monthly publication, is the fourth-best selling magazine in the nation. Founded in 1922, it focuses on homes, cooking, gardening, healthy living, entertaining, crafts and decorating.

“Our home in Ohio is actually a Better Homes and Gardens design built in the 1940s, so having my apron published in the magazine is very special to me,” Jeffries said.

Jeffries is a St. Clairsville resident who has been operating an online pattern shop since 2008. The patterns come in PDF form, downloaded after payment. Jeffries’ patterns are also featured in some brick-and-mortar stores, including From Past to Present quilt and craft shop in St. C, a store in the Amish country of Charm, Ohio and a few places in Michigan. More shops can obtain Jeffries’ work through Patterns Gone Digital.

Jeffries became interested in all sorts of needlework as a child and is familiar with crocheting, quilting, sewing, and more. She attended Wheeling Jesuit University and earned a liberal arts degree. In the past, she took on various custom order work. After leaving a nine to five job, Jeffries decided to follow her true passion and open her Etsy store.

“Recently, my interests have turned to pattern making in the hopes of sharing what I have learned over the years and supporting the handmade marketplace,” she said.

Jeffries says her fiancee, Brad Breisch, helps her create patterns when he isn’t busy with his own business, Breisch & Crowley, LLC. Breisch & Crowley, a residential and commercial design/building service, is located in St. C. Jeffries’ niece, Jenna Pempek Pittman, of Fairpoint, is also creative in her own right. A graphic designer, she designed the logo for Handmaiden’s Cottage and will soon be opening her own web design/graphic design company at 2roadsstudio.com.

To visit Jeffries’ shop, go to etsy.com/shop/handmaidenscottage. She also has a blog, handmaidenscottage.typepad.com, and a Facebook page.

Warner may be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com.