Harrisville Designs has been making high-quality, natural 100% wool yarns for knitting and weaving for over 40 years. As one of a handful of woolen mills left in this country, Harrisville? textile tradition dates back to 1794, when the first of several mills was built across the Nubanusit River in Harrisville, New Hampshire, to harness the waterpower necessary for carding fleeces brought down to the village from local hilltop farms. The Harris family built many of the original mill buildings and houses for their family and workers. Harrisville Designs was founded in 1971 to keep the textile tradition alive and to create jobs in Harrisville for the economic vitality of the town, leasing space from Historic Harrisville to give that organization income to help keep it viable. The village of Harrisville, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, is recognized as the only 18th-century textile village in America that survives in its original form. Harrisville Designs continues to make high-quality, natural 100% wool yarns for knitting and weaving along with beautiful carded fleece for felting and spinning. Floor looms in several sizes and styles are finely handcrafted in the woodworking shop, which also creates their wonderful line of award-winning products for children. The Friendly Loom?product line includes weaving, knitting, felting, and metal looms and cotton loops for weaving potholders.

Rachel Snack is a weaver, textile artist, and conservator. Rachel is the founder of Weaver House Co., a textile studio dedicated to preserving craft tradition through handmaking and weaving education. She received her bachelor of fine arts in fiber & material studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her master of science in textile design at Philadelphia University. She has exhibited her work internationally and taught courses on weaving, fiber dyeing, and textile conservation throughout the United States. www.rachelsnack.com

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