It truly is a wonderful time of year.  We are especially excited this year as my daughter and family have moved back from Illinois and of course that makes it very easy to see our grand daughter Ava.  What joy!!  All the Grandmas I know said you will have a great time with her so didn’t get it but I do now.  We took her to the Detroit Zoo for the light show It was wonderful and if you get a chance go next week , it is the last week for this year.

As for the studio we have had a great 4th quarter and have met lots of people in love with spinning weaving just fiber in general.  I go to work but it is really like going to play.  Soo………… as a thank you for all the time we have spent together next Tuesday we are having a flash sale on fiber  –  Buy one of something at full price get the second one of a same priced fiber half off.  This is a great time to stock up for the long winter nights and even better time to buy enough fiber to spin for that larger project.

SO  TUESDAY DECEMBER 27TH   FROM 10-3  Hope to see you then.  Meanwhile have a wonderful holiday season

Merry Christmas  and a Happy Healthy Fiber Filled New Year.



Ready Set Go to Gate House Sat. 10-3

Incredible deals for the Holiday season.  Mention this add on Saturday and get 15 % off any fiber purchase as well.

Note:  I have found I love spinning cotton especially on a support spindle.  I love it because I can sit at night with it in my lap and take my time making that next 6 inches of yarn.  At times ( due to my inconsistencies at this time) I can see how they used to produce thread.  When they used to do that I am not sure they did much else.  I often wonder what the world would accomplish if we did not watch TV but rather just listened to the radio or nothing.

However  I’m also finding it is a long way to getting enough yarn for a woven garment.  And yet the ancient cultures made their garments using this primitive process.  Guess to them it was not so primitive.  Next stop my highest speed spinning wheel.

Well, back to the looms:  finishing 2 summer and winter scarves on the wolf pup and winding warp for 7 more kitchen towel- just can keep them in the shop.  We do make them for you if you have a special order for a gift or special event.  All you need to do is give us a month.

See you Saturday and keep your eyes peeled on the workshop page for the winter classes.

4 harness weaving, locker hooking, pin loom weaving level 2 etc.



Big Sale Saturday Dec. 3rd 10-3

Join us this Saturday for our second annual Christmas sale of all in house equipment.  All equipment in house is 15% off and if you order it on Saturday and pay in advance you will also receive the same 15% discount.

In stock large equipment:

Schacht Baby Wolf, Schacht Wolf Pup, Schacht 25 inch Flip Rigid Heddle loom with stand, Schacht Matchless double treadle spinning Wheel,  Schacht Lady Bug, Schacht Inkle Looms.

Ashford Traveler Double Drive Spinning Wheel, Ashford  Kiwi II Spinning Wheel, Ashford Joy with Bag ( an excellent wheel for those on the go)

Harrisville 22 inch 4 Harness Loom with weaving Bench

Louet Julia Spinning Wheel with Scotch Tension, lazy Kate and 4 bobbins

Accessories also available, hand cards, blending boards, drop spindles, tapestry looms.

Kromski 24 inch rigid heddle loom with stand,  Minstrel Double Drive Spinning Wheel in Mahogany with the Jumbo Flyer, Stool and extra bobbins.  This is one of the prettiest Spinning Wheels on the market today

We are currently sold out of most Kromski Spinning Wheels but can order one for you Saturday and have it here by Christmas.

Mention this blog and get 15% off of all in stock fibers.  We will hold any of the above equipment til the morning of Christmas Eve if you need us to .


Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 10-3

Come join us on this day of celebrating Small Businesses.  If you are in the area just stop by, we could be Livingston County’s best kept fiber arts studio.  Buy your supplies for an up and coming class or workshop and get the workshop half off.

Also we will be working away between Thanksgiving and Christmas, come by and see what we are doing.

Our fan base of devoted spinners and weavers has grown to the point we will continue the blog more regularly but have discontinued our newsletter.  So…….STAY TUNED FOR ALL THE NEW THAT IS HAPPENING!



Yes you Can!!

Through the years of spinning, and weaving I have discovered there is always something to learn, to improve.  Years ago it was a consistent thread made of almost anything, now I am looking for ways to design my yarn so it produces a particular unique look in the finished product.  This is my spinning focus at this time and my next one is to be able to reproduce yarn that I see in knit shops and be able to add my own color twist to it.  So I feel on a mission and will be documenting it as I go.

My other love is Tapestry and Navajo Weaving.  Yes I love the floor loom and what it can do when I need to make cloth and yes it is a way to design using a combination of handspun and commercial yarns but my other focus in 2017 is to produce some original tapestry small-medium size.  In keeping with this goal Id like to take you with me so I am opening up Wednesday nights once a month 6-8, specifically the second Wednesday of each month beginning in January.  Bring an old frame and some yarn from your stash, a ruler and a couple of plastic needles with a big eye usually available at JoAnn’s.  Yes we have looms for sale but if you bring what is listed you can get started easily.  $15 for the 2 hours.

So….. What would you like to improve in 2017???? Take a minute and make your list. We are here to help you on that journey in the fiber arts.

Big Cotton Class here Sat. 11/19 9:30-5

Don’t miss your chance to take this wonderful workshop from Patsy Zawistoski.  She has been awards the Handweaver’s Guild of America Level I and Level II Certificates of Excellence in Spinning.  No small feat.  Take this opportunity to work with someone who is truly knowledgable  and proficient.  She flies in on Friday and will be ready for a complete cotton workshop Saturday from -9:30-5.  Following the workshop we will have a Pizza party so participants can sit and talk about their class with Patsy or just enjoy the down time.

If you are coming bring the following if you have it:  book charkha, support spindle, dowl rod, hand cards cotton cards preferred but wool cards will work.  We have fine and extra fine cards on hand for purchase.  You will be supplied with Patsy’s Cotton booklet and your initial fiber is included with your workshop fee.  Bring a sack lunch and your choice of beverage.  We have some on hand and we will have coffee and tea.

Mark your calendar for our Christmas Sale December 3rd 10-3 of all in stock equipment.  15% off in stock equipment and any equipment ordered and paid in full that day.

Congrats  to 2 of our Spinzilla team members that spun over a mile of yarn during the competition Thia Eades and Beverly Forsyth each surpassing the mile marker of 5280 feet.  Well done! Next year we have plans for more spin ins and educational help.

Our winter class list is taking shape.  It will include a weaving workshop in January and March along with in depth spinning Saturdays where we will delve into techniques for consistent yarn.  Learn to make what you want.  Part of this class is for you to buy or bring a skein of yarn from your knitting or craft store.  We will show you how to duplicate it and make it uniquely yours.

The shop will continue to be open Tues, Wed and Thurs 1-5 with additional hours by appointment.  Give us a call 810-923-1136 or email  Also remember if you need something ask we can help you find it if we don’t already have it.

We have a running list for the following classes.  When we get enough interest we will schedule them.  Weaving a Color Gamp with Twill Variations, Navajo Weaving, Designing Tapestry on a rigid heddle or floor loom, Color Blending to understand the Color Wheel.


Spinzilla Success!!! 20th out of 75

Wow what a team.  We were teamed up with the Heavenly Spinners so our team had 20 members and what a job they did.  We met for 4 hours the week before to be sure everyone knew the rules, tips on preparation of fiber and spinning tips were discussed compliments of Gate House Fiber Art.  We met the Wednesday after the Spinzilla week ended and took pictures of everyone’s yarn that had to be sent in with the tally.  It was beautiful. I have several pictures but am unable to cut and paste will put in the newsletter coming out this week.  We each had to provide a before picture of what we hoped to spin and the yarn that we did spin.

PATSI ZAWISTOSKI  IS COMING !!!!!  Mark your calendar November 19th 9:30-5 ALL ABOUT COTTON.  You will receive her cotton booklet that goes along with the workshop and a great package of cotton of various types that we will work with during the workshop.  She is flying in from Maryland, we pick her up Friday afternoon so she is ready bright and early Saturday.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have this spinning guru in your back yard.  Cost including materials  and booklet is $220.  You need to notify me if you want to attend and send a $50 deposit made out to Gate House Farm LLC to 2400 Faussett Rd Howell, MI 48855.

Our 2 weaving workshops one in September and one in October were successful and I hope to get the pictures of all of this in the gallery soon.  Seems the day to day activities keep me away from the computer but I will try to do better.  I am taking names, phone numbers and email addresses for anyone interested in the following weekend or Saturday workshops. Our new workshops will begin in January.

Navajo Weaving, Tapestry Weaving, 4 harness Weaving Beginners- Intermediate

Weekly ongoing lessons and classes in spinning and weaving  are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-5 PM .  These lessons  are scheduled so phone 810-923-1136, text or email

Merry Christmas from Gate House Fiber Arts.  We are having a huge in stock equipment sale. All in stock equipment is 15% off only on  December 3, 2016 10-3