I learned how to crochet when I was nine years old. I mainly made projects for myself, family and friends. Later, as my children grew up and left home I began to participate in craft fairs and custom made items for specific customers. Later, I opened my first Local Yarn Store (LYS) "Phootsy's Yarn Cottage" in 2003. Due to moving back home to LaFayette, Alabama I had to close that shop. Luckily, we were able to move into a building in downtown LaFayette and I am open for business again.
I am an avid knitter and crocheter and never really find the time to do any more sewing. As a published designer, I love creating my own designs and making them available to customers using the yarns that I love. I also feel very honored to have customers who want me to repair and finish their family's heirlooms. My most enjoyable experiences have been with teaching and passing on the art of knitting and crochet. What I love the most is when the student uses their own creativity to complete something that is truly spectacular. They have taught me to not get bogged down with all the rules.
I have been inspired by many throughout my fiber art journey. My grandmothers. Janie Dukes and Katie Conway, taught me the fine art of knitting and crochet. My Aunt Donna Conway taught me about sewing and garment construction which I apply to my new creations today. My niece Melissa Korbley is the most creative with her crocheted dragons and amigarumi projects. Also, I must mention by grandaughters Scarlett (learning to crochet) and Jenaffer (learning to knit) for keeping me on my toes with thier no rules rule attitude. Last, but not least my students, it is so much fun to see the lights go in their wonderful knitting and crochet adventures. Thanks to everyone!
"I had a good teacher,"Anne Edge
"Your stuff looks finished," Melissa Korbley
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When are you open? Wed - Fri, 10:00 - 6:00, Sat 10:00 - 2:00