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alhdesigns

Location

Centerville, PA, United States

Quick Blurb

Welcome to my world of felting, hand-dye wool, art batts, handspun yarn, weaving and wearable art pieces.

Interests

wool, yarn, fiber, felting, art batts, wearable art, handbags, spinning, weaving, dyeing, longwools

Get to Know

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 to Anita's Homespun Treasures, and can say it was a very cozy, enjoyable place to spend time. In 2009 I moved the business to a 200yr old house in a quaint town and share the space with a quilt shop. It has been a nice pairing. In 2014 I was not really happy with my business so I added on to my original trailer and had a fabulous studio built. I closed the doors and moved everything home. 2015 was a year of regrouping and trying to figure out my direction. What gave me passion. I started taking online dye courses from Natalie Redding; Namaste Farms. What an experience!!! I re-kindled my love of dyeing fiber and spinning. It has been an amazing journey that is not over with yet!!

As 2016 begins I finally am finding my direction again. I changed the name of my business from Anita's Homespun Treasures to alh designs. Design has been what I have longed to do my whole life. Now I am designing wonderful colored fibers and creating some amazing works of art out of it. My passion is to continue on this fiber journey and hopefully connect with more like minded creators in the fiber world.
I hope you enjoy the things you see on this site!
Anita

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