Melody Miller

Ruby Star Founder and Creative Director Melody Miller is a goal-setter, and the big, scary, long-term ones are her favourites. “The hardest part is knowing what I want, but once I’m clear, I go for it.” Those goals pushed her down an entrepreneurial path – one that eventually wound its way toward founding a fabric business.

“I had to advocate for myself starting when I was a kid,” she explains. “My childhood wasn’t easy. If I wanted something, I had to make that happen, and it’s become part of my nature now. I'm just very driven to keep moving forward.” From growing up in the South Carolina Lowcountry and attending Furman University, followed by a time studying industrial design at Pratt Institute in in New York, to a crash course in branding while working at an Atlanta real estate office and endeavors selling curtains and pillows on Etsy, she eventually entered the fabric industry designing for Japanese manufacturer, Kokka.

Then in 2013, she dreamt up the idea of Cotton+Steel, a modern fabric brand that began with collections and collaborations from five diverse female designers – something fresh and new for the industry that no one else had done at the time. For Melody, it was the perfect amalgamation of her past experiences and skills, combining art, illustration, sewing, marketing and branding into one magical, creative venture.

Led by that same intuition, Melody – and the four other founding designers – left Cotton+Steel in Spring 2018, and she began working to form Ruby Star Society. “I had built my dream job. I knew what I could do, and I wasn't ready for it to be over,” Melody says on deciding to create the new brand. And it’s to continue a career path she’s built for herself, sure, but when Melody talks about what she wants for Ruby Star Society, it’s clear that it’s not really about her, but rather, the collection of artists she’s brought together, and the women out in the world they’re creating fabrics for. “Our designers have each grown in really beautiful ways, and I so strongly want this brand to accurately reflect the growth, wisdom, and courage of our artists,” she adds. “In a lot of ways, it's the same job, the same people. But it feels so different…I’ve learned so much, and we're all stronger. It’s been exciting to watch this new vision be realised.”
Shell Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Shell Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Like a polka dot, but better! Spark is a basic featuring a delicate asterisk motif you'll find through Melody's work. Ruby Star Society Basics are ...

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Cayenne Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Cayenne Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Like a polka dot, but better! Spark is a basic featuring a delicate asterisk motif you'll find through Melody's work. Ruby Star Society Basics are ...

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Goldenrod Morning Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Goldenrod Morning Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Evergreen Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Evergreen Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Like a polka dot, but better! Spark is a basic featuring a delicate asterisk motif you'll find through Melody's work. Ruby Star Society Basics are ...

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Peony Dream Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery
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Peony Dream Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Evergreen Metallic Sparkle Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Evergreen Metallic Sparkle Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Vintage Blue Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Vintage Blue Metallic Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Like a polka dot, but better! Spark is a basic featuring a delicate asterisk motif you'll find through Melody's work. Ruby Star Society Basics are ...

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Orange Metallic Blossom Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Orange Metallic Blossom Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Shell Metallic Grow Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Shell Metallic Grow Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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This beautiful new fabric from Melody Miller is filled with bright colour! Ruby Star Cotton is a lighter weight quilting cotton that lends itself w...

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Stay Gold Panel Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Stay Gold Panel Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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PLEASE NOTE: This fabric is sold by the panel. Each panel measures 71.5" / 181cm x width of fabric. Individual blocks trim to 8.5" square unfinishe...

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Pink Metallic Shimmer Unbleached Linen Canvas from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Pink Metallic Shimmer Unbleached Linen Canvas from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Meadow Morning Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Meadow Morning Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Peacock Metallic Shimmer Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Peacock Metallic Shimmer Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Turquoise Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Turquoise Spark Cotton by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Like a polka dot, but better! Spark is a basic featuring a delicate asterisk motif you'll find through Melody's work. Ruby Star Society Basics are ...

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Shell Bloom Rayon from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Shell Bloom Rayon from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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This beautiful fabric is filled with bright colour and drapes really well so is perfect for swishy dresses, blouses and skirts! Collection: Rise De...

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Shine Double Border Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Shine Double Border Cotton from Rise by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Please note this fabric is a double border print meaning the pattern is different at each selvedge and will be therefore the minimum quantity will ...

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Stay Gold Fat Quarter Bundle by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Stay Gold Fat Quarter Bundle by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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This bundle includes seven fat quarters from Melody Miller's newest fabric collection, Stay Gold! This collection is printed on Ruby Star Cotton, a...

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Navy New Leaf Rayon from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Navy New Leaf Rayon from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Shell Flutter Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Shell Flutter Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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Merry New Leaf Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society - The Village Haberdashery

Merry New Leaf Cotton from Stay Gold by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society

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Melody Miller's newest fabric collection is Stay Gold! This collection continues Melody's exploration of florals that she began in Rise. This time ...

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