Welcome! My name is Carol Grant and I am so happy to be able to continue Fireside Original’s tradition of making beautiful designs. I bought the company from Cathy Callery in January 2013. I have a long tradition with Fireside. Fireside Originals began in 1982. The original designer and owner was Rosemary McAllister. She lived in Estes Park Colorado. My parents bought her house! So you could say the company has come full circle (well almost, my dad still lives in the house, but I live in Columbus.) Most of the Fireside designs reflect a deep love of the land in their magnificent depictions of scenery, plants and animals. While adding to these scenic designs, I am adding some new lines to the collection with pieces I have designed and used in my shop. I do a lot designs with specialty stitches, but also quite a few without! In addition, I have a couple of punch needle designs that are scenic.
I’ve been stitching since about 1979 when my youngest sister, Sally, first discovered counted cross stitch and taught me and my mother. I was in college at the time and found it a wonderful and relaxing way to unwind. I continued to love to stitch through my teaching years and through grad school ( I have a PhD in Art History). Not long after I got my degree the opportunity came about to purchase a local needlework shop in Columbus, Ohio. Which I did with my business partner of 18 years, Jennie Stokley. I’ve been designing things for the shop and our camp weekends for years and thoroughly enjoy the process.
I hope you will enjoy the designs and memories they bring in the years to come! Happy Stitching! Carol