My Story

I am so proud to say I am the owner of Snips of Thread and The Yarn Pantry. Hello, my name is Linda Dawson. I am an Iowa farm girl who was born and raised on a farm in Northern Iowa.  I learned to sew at a very young age. I remember making my Mother a dress as a surprise Mother's Day gift when I was 9 years old. I know there were lots of imperfections in that dress, but my Mom wore it to church, which made me very proud. My love of making things for others started with that green dress and continues to this day. I am proud of my work, my shop, my staff and I am excited to be able to help others show their pride and their love in the quilts, sweaters and other handcrafted items they make for their family and friends.  I feel truly honored when someone comes into my shop looking for the supplies they need to make a gift for someone they love! 

I started my focus on quilting about 15 years ago. Once I made my first quilt, the bug hit me hard. I have been quilting ever since. My friend and quilting buddy, Kris Thomas, and I have gone to countless quilt shops and conventions.  I have taken quilting classes, read books on quilting and watched countless hours of quilting shows via television and computer.  Before opening Snips of Thread, my stash filled the basement of my home! It was pretty impressive! One of the best things about owning a quilt shop is that I now get to call my stash INVENTORY!

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State University as a paralegal. The years I spent working in the field of law were balanced by my love of sewing and quilting. Kris and I met riding a RideShare van, making our daily commute from Humeston to Des Moines. We spent many hours discussing the possibility of a quilt shop. The idea of opening a quilt shop had been in my head for many years, but how to do this without funds was never evident.
Opportunities kept knocking, I didn't ignore them and Snips of Thread became a reality in October of 2014. I always knew I wanted to be a quilt shop that sold fabric, but I thought starting out by taking in mending and alterations would be a good way to get going.  As a farm girl, I felt the need to plant the seed! After a few months I could see it was time to buy my first bolt of fabric.

I am thrilled with my new facility!  It is so exciting to see that Snips of Thread is growing and that we are now a yarn shop too!  Kris is an expert knitter! She retired from an accounting position about 4 years ago. When she retired, she told me she wanted to do volunteer work and she wanted to VOLUNTEER for me! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend! Kris is a knitter, a quilter, good with numbers AND her husband loves to bake cookies!

I enjoy every day at the shop!  My new quilting and knitting friends are a joy to meet and to see them return to the shop again and again.  I have always called myself a "frugal quilter", as saving money was as important to me as making a beautiful quilt. I carry this ideal with me when I buy fabric and yarn for the shop and am very happy when I can pass great prices on to my customers.

I want to invite you to stop in to Snips of Thread and The Yarn Pantry in Humeston, Iowa! I am excited to meet you and look forward to helping you with your next project!