Amy Shively is the owner of Village Fabric Shop. Amy grew up in Florida, attended Florida State University for her first Bachelor’s degree, but got a nursing degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003. In 2011, she moved back to North Carolina from Pennsylvania with her husband, Jay, who is an administrator at Wake Forest Law School and their two children. Amy taught herself to sew handbags and quilts after the birth of her first son, Ford. She went on to create her brand, Amy by the Park, while spending many snowy afternoons sewing with the beautiful modern fabrics she loves and watching the local children play outside her back window in Holmes-Foster Park in State College, PA.
In 2011 when the Shively’s had an opportunity to move to Winston Salem for Jay’s job, Amy wasn’t convinced it was the perfect next move for their family until she visited the exact shop she now owns. So six weeks after the birth of her second son, Harry, Amy and family made the move to Winston and have enjoyed every second of it. They are active members at First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem. Amy works as a nurse at Brenner Children’s Hospital and is on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Winston-Salem.
Amy is inspired by bold colors and enjoys the exacting detail required to make paper patterns into amazing home goods or fashionable accessories. Amy still loves to make handbags, necklaces and fabric folders and while she’s taken on a number of successful quilting projects, she looks forward to continuing to grow and mature as a quilter. Beyond fabrics, Amy hopes to create a space where local artists can perhaps display and sell goods. Also, Amy hopes to continue to provide a fun and relaxed environment for people to learn more about creating beautiful things with fabric and to ignite the same passion for creativity that she’s found in everyone who visits the Village’s new fabric shop.
Understanding the wonderful history of the store and her inspired predecessors compelled Amy to jump at the chance to be a part of this beautiful space and in the rich and enthusiastic creative community that it serves.