About Us

About Us...

My name is Toni.  I am the owner, designer, seamstress, embroiderer and shipping agent for Lea Cottage.

I have been an avid sewer since 7th grade.  Previous to that, my grandmother taught me the basics.  I would help her every chance I could.  In doing my genealogy, I’ve discovered that I come from a long line of professional dressmakers (at least that’s their occupation in the census reports) – long before the days of “off the rack”.


I have honed my skills over decades of practice.  As a single mother, I made almost everything by hand – clothes, sweaters, curtains, pillows, quilts…  I did a lot of hand embroidery and cross-stitch to add a little ‘something’ to the things I made.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a series of courses to become a sewing instructor.  Along that journey, I learned so much – not just about sewing as I picked up a number of techniques new to me.  

Most importantly, I learned that I was really good at what I do and gained a self-confidence I’d never had before.

Long story short, I was able to buy my first embroidery sewing machine and I was hooked.  I took the mundane and added my own personal touches.  My friends asked if I could make them something and it has progressed to today with this business.   

Recently, for a friend, I made a nautically-inspired pillow with the name of their sailboat on it.  There was a lot of interest from the folks in their marina for customized pillows and other articles for use on their sailboats.  That was the birth of Lea Cottage.  A shout-out to Sharon for giving me to confidence to move forward.

At Lea Cottage, my products are not mass-produced and are made with quality fabrics, notions, embroidery and pride.  A few generic products are available or we can work together to create a special order made just for you.  

I would love to help you add a personal touch to your little corner of the world … something YOU-nique! 

Let me make something for you today!

Fione, my Silent Partner (most of the time)

Your order will be coming to you from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada