By Amal Alhomsi
my Morton is the creative hands behind Aimstar Threads, an upcycling business that collages second hand blankets into colorful one-of-a-kind sweaters and beanies. Amy was born and raised in Banff and is a UBCO English graduate. Her passion for sewing began as a Covid hobby: “I was in Kelowna, really bored— laying on the floor staring at the ceiling kind of bored, so I went for a walk, and I barely turned a corner to find half way down the street a sewing-machine table with a sign that said ‘free’ on it.” Amy dragged the table home and started experimenting. With some help from her mother (shout out to all crafty moms), she learned how to work the ancient machine and created her first sweater using a red moose-patterned fabric and a black & yellow blanket. Amy’s initial idea began as a personal hobby. She wanted to make environmentally conscious and affordable sweaters for herself, but the quirky patterns and buzzing colors were hard to ignore. “I wasn’t planning on selling them,” Amy told me, “I wanted to make them for fun and for friends, but then a lot of people became interested.”
Amy told Oesa that despite the high demand, she still treats the project as a hobby, “I want people to know that I am not a professional, and I still make mistakes.” Nonetheless, she is still happy to receive orders and customize the sweater of your dreams for you. The cost of the sweaters is shockingly affordable, considering that Amy dedicates a few hours of her day to make a single sweater (They sell for $60 each). To make an order, all you have to do is send her a message on Instagram, and then wait a few weeks for the magic to be done.