I have been working with fiber most of my life. My aunt taught me to knit when I was in the third grade. From there I tried all the fiber crafts; crochet, embroidery, crewel work. I eventually learned to sew and made all my own clothes in high school and then went on to making dolls, to help provide for our family in the early years of our marriage.
One thing led to another and eventually I became a proud owner of a spinning wheel and a loom. I joined the local guild and started advancing my skills in the fiber arts. I learned a lot from a dear friend, who has since passed on, about spinning, dyeing fibers, and needle felting. Oh can't forget about making that pair of socks!
Being a shop owner has always been my dream since high school and finally in 2005 I was able to acquire a trailer. Not your ordinary building for a shop but I have made due with the help of my dear husband. I opened the doors in January 2006 and can say it is a very cozy, enjoyable place to spend time.
My husband and I live on a farm in Centerville, PA where we raise beef cattle and now have only one horse. My goal is to have sheep in the near future. For now though, I am concentrating on the shop. It has continued to grow each year since I started. I teach classes in spinning, triangle loom weaving, felting, knitting, wool appliqué, and rug hooking. If there is a fiber craft out there to be done, I have probably done it! I also dye my own wool fabric. I love working with the colors. It is always a surprise to see what comes out of the dye pot.
Recently I purchased a roller felting machine and have fun making my own custom felt. I also use my Embellisher for needle felting when the weather is too cold to work in the building where the felting machine is stored. If it can be felted I have tried it.
My passion is to pass on the things that I have learned in these crafts. Working with all ages and genders is very rewarding, especially when you see the joy and pleasure in their faces after successfully completing a project. I love to teach. My full time job is an Instructor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Gannon University in Erie, PA.
So, I hope to see you soon!
Two exciting things have happened since I first opened. In August 2009 I moved the shop to Pittsfield, PA. I share space with a Quilt shop. It makes for a nice balance between fiber and fabric. Moving the shop put me closer to my neice, Heather. She learned many of the crafts from me when she was little. She agreed to join me in my venture in Pittsfield. She mans the shop when I am not there. I am very excited to have her with me!!!!!!