Lichen and Lace is a hand dyed yarn studio in Sackville, Canada, owned by Megan Ingham.
She says, "Lichen and Lace unfurled slowly. I chose the business name on a whim one afternoon in June 2012, as I had to hand over my email address, instagram account, etc. with the sale of my yarn store (Lettuce Knit in Kensington Market Toronto) - so I needed a new identity - though I wasn't sure exactly what it would represent at the time, it was vague enough and "me" enough, that I was comfortable with it and I could kind of grow into it."
Over the next couple of years the business slowly grew and in August 2015 Megan launched lichenandlace.com on Shopify. "The first few months were slow in my new online shop, but each month sales increased. By April 1st of 2016 I was ready to leave my job as a server at an in town bistro and once again be a full time entrepreneur. It was a leap of faith at the time, but I could see that the more energy I put into my own business, the more it grew and it has continued to grow!
Lichen and Lace continued to add wholesale accounts; at this time we are in over 50 knitting shops including Loop in London, England and Walnut in Kyoto Japan! In September 2016 I moved all business operations including dye studio out of my home. I went on to hire Izzy in May 2017 and they worked with me for three and a half years as the head dyer in the studio. Veronica has since stepped into that role. In April of 2018 Rebecca joined the team and she is now head of shipping and packing. Having lots of help now - I really wonder how I was doing it all by myself for so long!
Lichen and Lace continues to grow; now we are a happy hive of activity working away in the pretty Lichen and Lace Studio which has a really sweet back porch if I do say so myself - especially when the long clothesline is full of hand dyed yarn! There are always challenges and stresses of being self employed, but I can't imagine a different life - we love making beautiful yarn for you!"
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