We make things out of fabric and thread, with inspiration & intention. We believe in doing it ourselves & collaborating with friends. We handcraft everything in our studio & down the road at our production partner's shop in beautiful Portland, OR. We strive to create goods that add beauty & function to your everyday life, while stitching a thread of connection from the design room all the way to your home. Stop in and visit us & see what we do at our busy Hive in North Portland!
Queen Bee began in the corner of my Olympia, WA bedroom in 1996. But long before that, I was growing up sewing & crafting with my artist Mom and filmmaker Dad. I was always making things, and started selling the clothing, accessories, and jewelry that I was creating in high school and college. I didn't set out to start a business but when what I was doing started to catch on, I decided to quit my two other jobs and dedicate myself to working on my business, to see if it could fly. I hit the ground running and haven't looked back since. In the many years since I started down this wild road, I've had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many talented people. All of us have put our energy into creating what you see here, now.
Queen Bee Creations is the original collection that started it all: waterproof faux-leather bags & wallets with graphic applique stitched details - this is the look that we are most known for. More recently we added a new line of waxed canvas bags that are also satisfying and functional.
Next came Chickpea Baby - a natural branching off of the Queen Bee tree. Diaper bags and accessories that fit your life & style, and help you keep your baby stuff organized so you can enjoy your family.
Rebecca Pearcy Textiles is our newest brand and is inspired by an apprenticeship that I did at Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop in 1997. I learned how to design repeating patterns and screen print by hand on 25 yard long tables - it was true love. Ever since then, I've been yearning to set up my own textile printing studio, which we have now and use to print the fabrics for this line.
Thank you for visiting our online world and allowing us to share what we do with you!
~ Rebecca Pearcy
Meet Our Staff
Founder, Designer, President
Rebecca founded Queen Bee back in 1996 from a corner in her bedroom. She is thrilled & amazed that her little project has turned into a thriving company involving the skills and contributions of so many talented people. At QB she loves dreaming up new designs. Her motto is “never a dull moment!” When she’s not at Queen Bee, Rebecca enjoys sewing clothing, cooking soup, singing sad songs, gardening and hanging out with her family.
We think that if Duck Tales had not been a bad 1980’s cartoon based on Scrooge McDuck’s obsession with money, it would have featured Karen swimming in a sea of felted wool polka dots. She loves wool THAT much. Most days in the summer, she’s wearing a handmade wool sweater, and in the winter, she’s always rocking one of her amazing felted wool scarves. In fact, when she’s not managing QB’s books better than Scrooge McDuck, she’s busy with her own handfelted wool business - it's amazing. Check it out – Karen Thurman Design.
Favorite part of my job: Sewing on the most awesome industrial machines and making the creations that go out into the world - I love my job!
Favorite spot in Portland: I love spending time with my girls
Favorite Color: Purple - there are so many shades and being an artist I love color.
Tool of choice: its hard to say really, I love sewing and I love drawing and painting. Its an awesome thing to be creative, having many talents. I never get bored.
Retail shop manager, Customer helper extraordinaire, Wholesale Coordinator, and girl about town
It is easier to think of what Abby does NOT do around QB than what she does do. Abby keeps track of many of the moving parts that make this hive hum along and does it with an irrepressible & friendly smile. When she’s not
*Stitcher, customer helper, excellent playlist creator*
Fashion designer. Musician. Custom garment maker/dream weaver. HT has been in the fashion business for 12 years, designing and sewing clothing for her eponymous line as well as ready to wear clothing & costumes for musicians, performers, children and creative-minded individuals. Visit her at Heather Treadway for more info!
Favorite part of your job: Working with amazing local designers by helping curate our clothing and jewelry selection here at the shop. Also, speed serging the sides of Vessel Totes.
Favorite past-time: Drumming while dancing
Favorite spot in Portland: Forest Park at 7:30 am on a foggy morning in February
Favorite color: Shades of plum
Tool of choice: Rotary cutter
Theme song: Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club
Eleanor is the quiet force of brains & skills at work behind the scenes at Queen Bee. She cuts & preps all of our fabric, snaps, rivets, and does hard math in her head while the rest of us look on in awe. She is also the person we turn to with questions about cooking and general know-how!
Stitcher, customer helper
Drew is our newest worker bee and already has his nimble fingers involved in many different tasks. You may find him behind the die cutter, the sewing machine, or cash register. When not at QBHQ he creates these amazing quilts!
Theme song: chorus of golf claps
Tool of choice: My fingers
Favorite color: Rainbow color
Favorite spot in Portland: Top of Mt. Tabor
Favorite Past-time: Basketball Ballin'
Favorite part of your job: Turning several pieces of material into a finished product