Our Story Began In Ilwaco Washington... where I was born. Raised traveling between Pacific, WA, and Naselle, WA, my heart always belonged to the coast. It was only after years of travel, completing our own version of Lewis and Clark's Journey in reverse, that I was able to return here and follow my dream. To build a place where fiber art enthusiasts of all kinds could sit and dream, be inspired by color, and unleash their creativity. A place we could spin, crochet and knit, while watching the boats sailing in and out of the port, and be at peace.
Heather started spinning fiber when she was 15 years old. Buying her first spinning wheel in Missouri. She quickly mastered the skill though she still prides herself on being an artistic spinner first and foremost. Her skills in the fiber world ranged to the animal side, as she runs Oceanside Angoras. Her bunnies and other fiber connections help us keep the largest unique selection of non-commercial blend roving available. Her other talents are dyeing one of a kind fibers, and of course spreading the love for spinning by doing demonstrations, classes, and lessons.
Bev has been crocheting since the age of 11, taught by a neighbor. Professionally she's been a teacher, owned a preschool, and worked in the computer industry. She works at the shop in her spare time. Bev enjoys all crafts including crochet, knitting, and more. She's always up for a talk too.
Danielle has been crocheting and spinning for several years. She came from the sheep world, and wool is her passion. Growing up in central Oregon, she raised sheep and as an adult started spinning. She is our wool liason and goes on shearing trips, along with judging wool shows, and running angora wool, skein and garment competitions. Together with Heather, she makes up the Purly Shell Pirates at many fiber festivals and demonstrations.
Jan is a Master Spinning and teacher with many years experience spinning fibers. You can often find her at fiber festivals teaching, or in Purly Shell working on projects. She's a great resource for the community.
Devin is in college at Digipen but is our tech assistant. Anything wrong on this website is his fault.
Our Story Continues in Ilwaco... founded in 2014, by my daughter Heather and I, after years of researching and planning. We strive to provide unique and creative yarns and fibers to our family of fiber artists. Often breaking the mold of a traditional fiber or yarn shop we are also a studio, an open learning environment, and a safe place to be creative while bending or breaking all the rules! Focusing on American-made yarns, small companies, hand-dyers, and inspiring artisans, we have an eclectic feel to the high quality and unique products we carry.