Who Pushed Your Handcraft Button?

Growing up in Upstate New York we made biyearly school trips to the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. This has been a working farm since 1829. In 1944 it was turned into a village of authentic, historic buildings including a blacksmith shop, tavern, pharmacy, general store, a barn full of farming implements and of course animals. But always, my favorite part was upstairs in the barn where they demonstrated the processing of flax, spinning and weaving. I was hooked the minute I walked in and knew that I would work there someday.

Imagine my surprise when, at the age of fifteen, I went to visit my grandparents and my grandmother, an experienced crafter, had just set up her loom. I didn’t even know she had a loom! “Teach me, please”, “sit down” she said, and we were off. The loom soon found its way to my house and I recognized that this was a profession I wanted to pursue.

For three summers I actually did work at the museum after high school and through college. That’s where I met Virginia Partridge who taught me to spin and that a day is not complete without learning something new.

So, who got you started or gave you encouragement along the way? Hopefully, thinking about this person will bring you a warm smile.

Smile, relax and knit.


  4 comments for “Who Pushed Your Handcraft Button?

  1. Charity Chatfield
    August 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    My mom was a crafter all my life. She made almost all my clothes, ran a small consignment shop selling hand made dolls and bunnies. She worked craft fairs for years with a booth of her handiwork. Some of my fondest memories are sitting under her work table playing with scraps of fabric on with dolls. Crafting (sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting) was something I grew up thinking everyone did.

    I loved your story and will call my mom today to thank her for the inspiration.

    I also love the new website. Great job!


    • August 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Charity, Thank you for your comments, we love them. I grew up with a mom who knit, made ceramics and painted. There were always crafts life and craft fairs in our younger years. Now my mom knits most all our baby hats and I thank her every day and hug her whenever I can. Give our best to your mother. Thanks again, Andrea


  2. Phyllis Alexander
    August 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Your new website is the next best thing to living in Woodstock, Vermont where I could visit your shop often! Terrific website!


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