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Parris House Wool Works to continue Norway rug hooking tradition
PARIS — When Artful Hands Fiber Studio in Norway re-opens under its new owners, Parris House Wool Works will take over the rug hooking portion of business, previously known as Connie's Seven Gables Rug Hooking, says Beth Miller, one of Parris' owners and founder.
On April 13, Artful Hands Fiber Studio on Main Street in Norway closed its doors, but is expected to re-open in May in one of the newly-renovated storefronts of the Norway Opera House.
Last week, Café Nomad owner Scott Berk and the café's head chef Kim Hamlin, announced that they planned to purchase Artful Hands and were excited about being able to continue the business.
"I'm as thrilled as everyone else that they have bought the knitting and yarn portion and [are] staying on Main Street, and in no way wish to take attention from them," Miller announced in an e-mail, April 11.
"Everyone's thrilled that Scott and Kim are doing this," Miller said Monday.
Miller, who has a passion for rug hooking, says she is also excited about Berk and Hamlin's endeavor, and is looking forward to helping keep Artful Hands alive by bringing its hooking portion to Parris House Wool Works studio on Paris Hill.
"I am really excited, because I think a lot of the fiber artists in the area depend on Artful Hands as a local source for really high-quality hooking wools and high-quality yarns," Miller said.
Jen Rosenburg is Parris' other owner, who runs Parris' sister operation out of Old Hickory, TN and has split the purchase of Connie's rug hooking inventory, Miller said.
Miller explained she began Parris House Wool Works in the fall of 2011 and has sold through Etsy.com, an online sales site for handcrafted products, since then.
Miller plans to hold an open house on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 546 Paris Hill Road in Paris, in celebration of opening her very first studio.
Studio hours will be Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Miller said.
There isn't a better duo to take over the knitting and yarn portion of Artful Hands than Berk and Hamlin, Miller says.
"Between the two of them, they have the right combination of talent to really put everybody's mind at ease about the new shop that's opening," she said.
Miller has purchased all inventory, including wool, cutters, hooks and more, and will continue to hold hooking days and a hook-in event, said one of Artful Hands' former owners, Connie Fletcher, also the owner of Connie's Seven Gables.
"We're sort of carrying on the tradition of Seven Gables Rug Hooking," Miller said.
According to Miller, Fletcher actually gave Miller her very first lesson in rug hooking. "I was totally hooked," she laughed.
"I just really couldn't put it down," Miller said, of hooking, explaining her first project was one of Connie's Seven Gables designs.For two years, she was constantly in and out of Artful Hands admiring Connie's rugs, Miller said.
Miller said her new studio will also feature she and Rosenburg's own hand-dyed wools, which come "in a variety of one-of-a-kind colors," along with several original hooking patterns.
"Beth is well-known and much loved around here," Fletcher said. "We are thrilled that she took over that part [of Artful Hands.]"
"It will be great to pass that on," Fletcher said. "It's still going to be available to the community which is a win for everybody."
Miller encourages rug hookers to bring their hooking project to the studio and see the wonderful hooking space she’s created, at the open house, April 27.
You can visit her website, www.parrishousewoolworks.com, where you will also find links to her Etsy store and blog.
ORIGINAL — Beth Miller, co-owner and founder of Parris House Wool Works, holds an original 22-by-25-inch wool on linen rug, bound with blue binding tape, that she hooked. The rug, which she has named "Storm at Marshall Point Light, Maine," was inspired by a scene in the classic movie Forrest Gump, where Gump is running toward the lighthouse in Port Clyde, ME, she explained. Aside from Etsy.com, the rug can be viewed and purchased in person at Secret Garden Flower and Gifts on Route 26 in Oxford.
CUSTOM — This 20-by-28-inch Southern Gothic inspired pattern, woven by Jen Rosenburg, co-owner of Parris House Wool Works, depicts three crows perched upon the branches of a Magnolia tree, according to Beth Miller, Parris' other co-owner and local rug hooker. She said the rug, named "A Murder Among the Magnolias," was designed by Jen's husband, Dan Rosenburg. Rugs and patterns can be purchased at www.etsy.com.