Stony Hill Fiber Arts originated north of Raleigh NC in an area locally known as Stony Hill.
So much for geography ...
The company in all actuality is located in my head then down through my heart which comes out of my hands as knitted stuff.
If you come by, you’ll get the royal factory tour which includes such major points of interests as the brainstorming/workroom also known as the kitchen; the dyeing facility oftentimes called a back porch,
The drying area—anything that serves as a hook; and finally, the pre-shipment/storage station which includes any empty spot
throughout the house (which
are few and far between in
lightof our many treasures.)
The company was
established in 1994, the
year of great sadness,
when a friend handed me
knitting needles and a pattern
to which another friend added
skeins of her extra yarn,
and that was all she wrote.
I knitted my way through grief, I spun away my anger: my sadness dyed in works of tactile art.
Hours of operation are: before the children’s breakfast, backpacks, and busses, red lighted intersections, between cooking and homework, betwixt bath tub occupation and pajama donning (which can sometimes yield a whole bootie, depending upon the willingness of a child to stay immersed to the early raisin stage) and after stories—for about two minutes for then my needles lull me with their “you’re getting very sleepy” rhythm. And those gloriously wonderful two days that we call weekends.
Okay, the product is cute, so how do I sell it? How ‘bout I sell the ‘HOW TO’ and the ‘WITH THIS’: hence , patterns, yarn, kits, and Knit Wits went
into production in much the sane, I mean, same fashion as the finished booties, hats and slippers; ie all the moments between all the time that something else was not occurring and sometimes, when it was…
At first, I attempted to manufacture, market and sell the finished hat, slippers and baby booties. I would skein up the yarn, then I dyed the skeins either by boiling them in a specific color or laying them out and brushing on different combinations of colors to produce the “rainbow effect” I then steamed them to set the color.
The yarn was then
hung to dry ,usually
for a few days. Then I
knitted, felted, shaped
and dried the booties
once again for a few
days. I sewed on the
and peddled them to whomever I could.
Well , gentle crafting reader, you probably know
from your own experience that most folks -particularly those who do not enjoy handcrafting - have no idea of the hours involved and .75 an hour won’t even feed our fiber
addiction much less the family.
My Hannah and I spent
many an hour at various shows
without a sale, shops were
delighted in the booties, just
not the price …
something had to change.
After 17 years of wallpapering in new homes, my wet hands, frozen tail and sweating shins wanted a new way to live a making. With a leap of ignorance faith and a lot of sole I got busy.
It has been ten
years now, since I
soloed in on fiber arts and we’re still in business. Stony Hill has moved from our beloved hilltop house of nineteen years to the mountains and into my Mother’s childhood home in Tryon, NC.
I feel as if I am living in a dream. I wake up in the room I shared with my sister once upon a time. Each day I am greeted by the beauty of my valley the warmth of my little community, I am happy.