We welcomed Mahri to Team Bolt at the end of 2017 and she has learned the ropes quickly! She comes with experience managing a fabric store in Ashland, Oregon while earning a BA from Southern Oregon University in Theater Arts, with an emphasis on costume construction. Her knowledge of sewing runs deep and she is a serious lover of fashion history, tailoring and couture! Taught by her mother at 13 years old, she cut her teeth making “a lot of circle skirts,” and still has dozens of them. She’s currently on a jeans-making kick, perfecting the fit, playing around with style. When she’s at the store, she’s been enjoying the creative stimulation from customer she’s meeting every day, with their ideas and combinations of fabrics she never would have thought of. She’s excited for and generous with sharing her expertise and training with Bolt customers, so be sure to ask her any question you may have.
When not sewing, Mahri likes to cook, hike and check out lots of live music. She grew up going to music festivals with her folks, attending her first, the Strawberry Music Festival in California, at age 1! When not sewing or working at the store, you may catch her at the Pied Cow or vintage swing dancing at The Secret Society.
Working at Bolt is a dream come true for 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's 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.
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.
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.
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.