AwayUpNorth

Hand Crafted Wool Goods

Maine, United States · 853 Sales

AwayUpNorth

Hand Crafted Wool Goods

Maine, United States 853 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(235)

Announcement   Welcome to Away Up North! Where Wool Christmas Stockings, Decorative & Balsam Wool Pillows are handmade for you. We are proud members of Maine Made: America’s Best!

Our Christmas stockings, decorative and balsam-filled pillows, are all made from wool fabric with appliqués to reflect images and memories of the north woods of Maine. Pillows are available in various sizes and the balsam is organic and locally harvested from the Maine woods. All of our stockings and pillows are hand cut and hand sewn for you.

Take a look around and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have!

Announcement
Last updated on May 13, 2016

Welcome to Away Up North! Where Wool Christmas Stockings, Decorative & Balsam Wool Pillows are handmade for you. We are proud members of Maine Made: America’s Best!

Our Christmas stockings, decorative and balsam-filled pillows, are all made from wool fabric with appliqués to reflect images and memories of the north woods of Maine. Pillows are available in various sizes and the balsam is organic and locally harvested from the Maine woods. All of our stockings and pillows are hand cut and hand sewn for you.

Take a look around and if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have!

Glenna Oliver

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Glenna Oliver

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(235)
Jennifer Trotter

Jennifer Trotter on Jul 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These little balsam pillows are absolutely wonderful!! They smell amazing the the handmade touches are so impressive....I love them so much and will definitely order again. Thank you!!

Rachel Townsend

Rachel Townsend on Jun 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

If there were more than 5 stars, I would give this item and shop more. This is our 4th stocking to order. The quality is absolutely excellent, always made with a very personal touch. I love ordering from this quaint little shop "away up north" ;)!

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Updates

Do you know a Mama that would love this? Or maybe you'll be attending a baby shower and you're looking for a gift! The Bear Family Pillow is custom made to your specifications!
Attending a wedding this summer? The Personalized Date Pillow is the perfect gift for the bride and groom!
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About

My Northern Adventure

My adventure here in the north woods of Maine, began in August 2010, when my husband and I moved to this beautiful state.

It was a new beginning for my husband and I, and we were excited about all the possibilities that awaited us.
My husband quickly found work in his field, but for me, I was unsure. I had been a stay at home Mom for over 20 years. I had raised my son and daughter, and I was ready for a change. And whatever I chose I wanted to be able to enjoy this new adventure.
My daughter suggested a shop on Etsy. I have always loved to sew, and since being married and a Mom, I had sewn everything from dresses for my daughter to quilts. She suggested the Christmas stockings I had made for us as a family, as inspiration for stockings to sell on Etsy. It was the beginning of my new adventure! Away Up North was created and opened up shop on Etsy in October 2011.

I fell in love with the look and feel of wool fabric when I purchased an antique wool quilt many years ago. I love the many variations of wool fabric. The feel of it: thick, dense, thin, smooth or rough. Or the colors of the wool: plaids, herringbone, stripes and solids.
For each of my designs all these factors are important as I choose the wool fabric that will be made into a stocking or pillow. Which fabric will make a good moose, a bear, a wolf, a snowman or a pine tree?
The stockings, pillows and appliqués (animals & trees) are each traced and cut by hand. The appliqués are then hand sewn onto a stocking or pillow. The stockings and pillows are then assembled on the sewing machine. Finally, each item is checked carefully, before I add the “Maine Made” tag.

Every new holiday season brings many families to Away Up North, to begin their holiday tradition of choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of their family.
We see young couples having their first Christmas together, families returning to purchase another stocking for their “newest addition”, older families beginning a new tradition, and grandparents making sure each grandchild has just the right stocking!

For me personally, my favorite part of creating the stockings and pillows, is hand-stitching the names on the stockings, or the initials on a pillow. When you tell me the name / initials you would like on your item when you place your order, that’s when the stocking or pillow takes on its own personality. That is when a connection is created between me and you. And I feel so honored at that moment, to become a part of your holiday traditions.

So travel on up, to Away Up North and begin your holiday adventure with us. Choose a Christmas stocking, or a pillow to last a lifetime.

Altho, I am the owner, maker and designer of my Etsy shop, Away Up North could not happen without the tremendous support I receive from my family. They are there to lend a hand with collecting balsam, design assistance, photography advice, packing orders, cooking dinners and making sure I’m fed :) During the busy holiday season, they help make “Christmas happen” while I spend long hours in my workshop. The support I receive from them is amazing and I love them all!

This northern adventure has been an exciting one! And I love to share my adventures with you. Follow me on Instagram: @awayupnorth and Facebook: awayupnorth to see pictures of my adventures living here away up north!

Away Up North is a proud member of Maine Made: America's Best
http://www.mainemade.com

Away Up North was very excited to be featured in DOWN EAST Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide, December 2013. http://www.downeast.com/133gifts/nester.html
Be sure to see my "Woodland Bear" Christmas Stocking on the cover of the magazine.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/113077367/personalized-christmas-stocking-large?

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  • Glenna Oliver

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    My name is Glenna, the owner of Away Up North. Here I am pictured with my husband, “Chief Balsam Collector”. I love creating, designing and working with wool fabric. And most of all, I love living and working in the beautiful state of Maine!

  • Mark Oliver

    2nd In Command

    Mark is my husband who handles and helps out with everything else except designing and sewing. Although on occasion he has been known to help with choosing the buttons for the Christmas stockings.

  • Philip Oliver

    Photography Assistant

    My son Phil is a professional photographer, who gives me advice when it comes to taking my item photos.

  • Caitlin Kuhn

    Design / Creator Assistant

    No new design goes to the sewing table without Caitlin's approval. She also gives me many ideas for new items for the shop.

  • Seth Kuhn

    Marketer

    Seth is my son-in-law, and is a professional online marketer. He is great at giving me advice for SEO.

  • Joyce Donnaruma

    Sewing Assistant

    Joyce, who is a close friend, started with me in 2013. She traces, cuts and sews to help me keep up with the orders during my busy holiday seasons.

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Last updated on May 10, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Shipping Options

PLEASE NOTE: I use USPS First Class shipping for my smaller pillows (4x4 and 6x6 sizes). Any items that ship USPS First Class, the buyer has the option to upgrade to USPS Priority Shipping.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: I ship USPS First Class International. If you feel you will need an upgrade, please contact me prior to making your purchase, and I will adjust the shipping to reflect the additional cost.

Custom and personalized orders

CUSTOM ORDERS: Custom Orders may require additional charges and extra time. Each request is individual, so I will give you the additional information if needed when you contact me. Once you have contacted me, we can chat about the details of the item and work with you throughout the process to be sure your item is exactly what you want.

PERSONALIZED ORDERS: If the item has the option to be personalized, please contact me in the "Note to Seller/Shop Owner" box when you check out, to let me know the personalization you would like on your item.

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you'd like a small gift card enclosed with your order at no additional cost, please tell me what you'd like your card to say in your Message to Seller box when you check out.



Size of an item

Please see the item description to confirm the size of the pillow you are ordering!

Care instructions

All of my items are SPOT CLEAN ONLY!