My husband and I became the third generation owners of Hot Springs Ace Hardware in June of 2008. I am proud to say my family has owned and operated a hardware/general store in our South Dakota community since 1935.
Fall River Fibers started inside our Ace Hardware and came about because our area of the country is hundreds of miles from a fiber store that stocks equipment and supplies for hand spinners and weavers. I wanted to find out who the local existing fiber people were and encourage the love of fiber arts for others by providing a place to touch and compare equipment, pick out supplies, take classes and get support whether learning a new craft or sharing an old.
Now the little department has outgrown its shared space and moved to a beautiful location downtown across from the Visitors Depot and adjacent to Chautauqua Artisans Market.
We carry a wide variety of fibers for spinning and weaving as well as yarns; both hand-spun and commercial. Books, dyes, patterns, finished products, felting, knitting and crochet supplies round out our in-stock selections. Our little store within
a store offers a variety of spinning and weaving equipment from Glimakra, Ashford, Kromski, Harrisville and Golden Fleece Farm .
I have been weaving and spinning for over 20 years and have taken many workshops and classes from a few hours to several months in length from such instructors as Maggie Casey, Jason Collingwood, Susan Wilson, and Joanne Hall; to name a few. In 2012 I spent six months as an apprentice at Vavstuga, a Swedish style weaving school in Shelburne Falls, Mass. owned and operated by Becky Ashenden.
I'm always looking for new people with whom I can share the magical worlds of weaving and spinning. So whether you are a seasoned fiber veteran or an enthusiastic beginner; visiting the area or vested local; stop in and say hello.