If you know Tawnee Kinnebrew, at some point you’ve probably said to her, “I can’t believe you made that,” and her reply would be, “I could teach you how.”
It’s the belief that anyone is capable of creating anything that inspired Kinnebrew to open Wyldwood Creative, a modern fabric store and makerspace in downtown Renton.
Kinnebrew describes herself as a maker and a DIY-er. Her mom, whom she called the “OG crafter,” had a philosophy while Kinnebrew was growing up that they could make everything. This ethos has stuck with Kinnebrew.
“You know, my whole life I’ve always been someone who, I’m like, ‘Oh, I can make that,’” Kinnebrew said.
Wyldwood Creative celebrates its first anniversary this month, and the response from the community has been positive, according to Kinnebrew. In fact, customers often tell her that Renton needed a space like Wyldwood. This affirmation is important to Kinnebrew, whose goal has always been to create a community space where people can learn from one another.
The community atmosphere in the space is so strong that Kinnebrew’s husband has taken to calling the customers who frequent Wyldwood “Wyld Woodies.”
Kinnebrew’s desire to teach others how to create is matched only by her desire to learn. A quilter herself, Kinnebrew recently took up garment making.
And while there are creatives and artists who teach classes, and Kinnebrew gets the occasional help from her husband and a friend, she handles everything else to make Wyldwood what it is.
“It sounds so cheesy to say, but that saying that, ‘When you do what you love, you don’t work a day in your life’ — that’s what this feels like. I’m excited to come to work every single morning,” Kinnebrew said.
Photos below courtesy Tawnee Kinnebrew
8 a.m. Our three dogs are a great alarm clock. Everyone gets fed, and I take Willow out for a quick run through the neighborhood.
9 a.m. I’ve recently started making my own clothes, and I am loving choosing from my me-made garments every morning.
10 a.m. It’s time to open the shop; I love living 10 minutes away from work.
11 a.m. Once a week, I swing by Boon Boona and treat myself to a hemp chai and breakfast sandwich while I check email and process orders.
11:45 a.m. I start cutting fabric for online orders. I still have a few customers coming in, but most of my business is online during the phased reopening.
2 p.m. Social media has been my main form of marketing, so I post stories throughout the day and ask my customers for feedback.
3:30 p.m. In the afternoon, I’ll work on a sewing project. Right now, I’m finishing up a quilt for my best friend, who is expecting.
5 p.m. In a pre-COVID world, I would be setting up a class right about now. Instead, I swing by Four Generals to get my growler filled. The Otra Chella is my favorite.
5:30 p.m. When I get home, I like to take care of any cleaning or chores that need to be done. One of my favorite chores is mowing the lawn; I find it so satisfying.
7 p.m. When I’m done, I take a quick shower and join my husband for dinner out on our deck. We love our backyard.
8 p.m. After dinner, it’s time to relax with some Animal Crossing. I’m not much of a gamer, but Animal Crossing is actually a great stress reliever.
11 p.m. I am an avid reader and typically read for at least an hour before going to sleep.