Our Story

Hi! I'm Erin. Welcome to Nesting Ground I'm sew glad you're here!

My Grandma introduced me to sewing & needlecraft at a young age. We usually ended up in her little sewing room when I went to visit. I was her needle threader and co- pilot in all things sew & craft. Little did I know how foundational these skills would become for me personally & professionally.

I eventually went on to study furniture upholstery & design and fell in love with re-upholstering. This is when I truly connected with the process of making and developed a deeper appreciation for handmade. I continued to enjoy sewing alongside upholstery. I made my first quilt about 20 years ago and immediately made 3 more!

I ran my own upholstery studio in Toronto's Queen West furniture & textile district and was fortunate to work with local designers, have my work featured in magazines and even a few commercial sets! Fun Fact, I got to re-upholster all the seats in a TTC streetcar hot pink for a cupcake company launch!

Over the years, the focus of my business shifted as a result of the growing requests for sewing & upholstery education and I began offering introductory sewing & upholstery workshops. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge of sewing and supporting anyone interested in learning to sew or explore a new hand-craft like furniture upholstery. I was amazed by how many people wanted to learn!

Having lived in the GTA for most of my working life, I knew at some point I wanted to live in a more rural area and enjoy a slower paced lifestyle. My partner & I found ourselves in Winger in an old post & beam built in the late 1800's as a cheese factory and creamery, which eventually became home to Forks Road Pottery.

Nesting Ground's sewing studio space was completed in May of 2020. I'm excited to host a unique variety of sewing and textile based classes & workshops including learn to sew, introduction to quilting and furniture upholstery here in rural Niagara! 

I will always be grateful to my Grandma for introducing me to sewing and the amazing things that come from being creative and creating something by hand. In a way, I feel like Nesting Ground wouldn’t be here without her. I hope Nesting Ground will inspire you to create beautiful things for you and your home!

Erin xx