SISTERS are doing it for themselves at the R&C Fabrics and Linen store in Mossman, which has been serving and satisfying customers for nearly 30 years with their friendly smiles and helpful hints
Romona and Cathy Verri opened the fabric store in August 1981 after having worked in the original Jack & Newell and Marshes Drapery stores in Mossman during the ’60s and ’70s.
“The Jack & Newell’s drapery store ended up closing down so my sister and I decided to extend the service to the town,” Romona said.
Since then the drapery store evolved into a much-loved patchwork and quilting shop which still offers standard drapery lines, dress material, curtaining and a small range of Manchester.
“We love patchwork. Dress-making and dress materials has again become increasingly popular as a lot of people want to choose their own style and fabrics themselves,” she said.
“We pride ourselves on offering individual and personal customer services. When people come into our store it is not only about the sale it’s about sharing new ideas and welcoming people from all walks of life.
“We love meeting new sewers, children and adults, as they are all very different and unique. Traditional personal service is something special that we offer because it is something you don’t get in the chain stores.”
Their love for patch working is also shared with members of the community through their quilting workshops.
“The workshops are very important for the business as it opens opportuni- ties for people to share their ideas and creativity,” she said.
The annual Leukaemia Foundation’s Airing of the Quilts takes place over a weekend during the Port Douglas Carnival, held at the Mossman Indoor Sports Centre.
Cathy and Romona were instrumental in starting the event and their students often exhibit work.
For the past three years R&C Fabrics and Linen has also run a patchwork challenge.
This year’s challenge consisted of traditional block cushions that were donated to leukaemia hospital units in Townsville and Brisbane.
R&C Fabrics and Linen also sells a range of PFAFF sewing machines and offers repair services.
After 29 years, Romona and Cathy are thinking about retirement and would love to have more time to complete unfinished projects.
“Cathy has always wanted to complete a proper textile and design course and I have always wanted to do more patch working so it will be good when we can stop working and focus on our unfinished projects,” Romona said.
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Caring about quality: Cathy Verri, Angelina DAddona and Ramona Verri from R & C Fabrics