Patty Hamm started Water Tower Textiles Canada with the help of her husband and 12 year old daughter on October 1, 2016. Patty started out sewing very basic outfits for her dolls as a little girl. She sewed a few other projects over the years, but her real love – and then obsession – didn’t really begin until she started sewing cloth diapers for her youngest daughter in 2014. From there, it moved onto clothing for her children, then clothing for herself. She discovered the thrill and satisfaction of creating a well-fitting garment, and the freedom from the frustration of trying on garment after garment in the store only to come home with nothing. From the very beginning of the idea of Water Tower Textiles she dreamed of teaching other women to sew, enabling them to turn fabric into beautiful, flattering outfits for themselves and their families. While she still setting up a space to teach sewing lessons in person, one of her favourite things is helping and inspiring new sewists to learn to sew for themselves through her Facebook group.
The goal in starting Water Tower Textiles Canada was more than just to bring a plethora of affordable options in apparel fabric to Canadians. Kevin and Patty dreamed for years of running their own business, and to provide an opportunity for their children work alongside them to learn valuable skills they could take with them into their own futures. Now even the 3 year old eagerly puts labels on sample swatches and inserts packing slips on parcels on occasion.
The Water Tower Textiles Canada family has now grown to include Annie, Heather and Tina, who help fill orders, cut samples, match colours, and drool over all the fabric.
They also wanted to use their influence and success in business to make a difference in the world. A portion of every sale is donated to support families and children in need. A portion of sales in the past was donated to Ronald McDonald House, which provides a close place to stay for families while their child is in hospital; and to House of Hope, an orphanage in Haiti that provides a home, education and medical care to orphans and children whose parents can’t afford to raise them. Looking forward, WTTC plans to support the work of The Exodus Road, an organization that works to free those caught in slavery and human trafficking around the world. Another organization that has tugged on their hearts is Little By Little, which works in Haiti, creating jobs for impoverished parents so they can afford to keep their family together.
When you purchase from Water Tower Textiles Canada, you are not just buying fabric to create beautiful garments, or add to your stash, you are partnering with a family who is supporting families and children, bringing hope to the hopeless.