A trip to Heritage Arts in Grandview will connect you with your cowgirl mojo like no other shop in the Crawl. Tucked along the reproduction western boardwalk of “shops” you almost expect to hear honkytonk music coming from the saloon and Matt Dillon to ride up to the hitchin’ post. In this setting, Lorelei Caracausa is the proprietress of a small yarn and fiber shop dedicated to passing on and supplying the heritage arts of spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet. Lorelei shares more:
Yarn Crawl: How and when did you fall in love with yarn?
Lorelei Caracausa: I have been a fiberholic since early childhood, mostly interested in the historical side to all things spinning and weaving. I have never been bitten by the crochet or knitting bug, but (business partner) Sue has.
Sue: I have always loved knitting but when I could not find the kind of yarns or the quality of yarns that my projects needed I learned to spin. Weaving followed closely afterwards.
YC: What is your yarn craft of choice, or are there several?
LC: As a shop we specialize in spinning and weaving although we do have knitting needles and crochet hooks. Most of our yarns come on cones and we can wind off any desired amount. Knitters and crocheters do not realize that those lovely skeins of yarn originally started on cones, and on cones, without the extra markup of making a skein, the price is more reasonable.
YC: How did you turn your yarn love into a business?
LC: We started in a small, and I mean TINY corner of an organic nursery after the tornado took out Woolenworks in Lancaster. We had our own rabbits, sheep and goats to market so things just fell in place.
YC: How long have you been in business?
LC: Our actual start date, the day we opened the doors, was Oct. 12 1994, so this October we will have just completed our 21st year.
YC: Does your shop have a particular specialty or focus?
LC: Obviously spinning and weaving, in all of the facets, but also dyeing and historical textiles.
YC: What are some not-to-be-missed things we will find at your shop?
LC: The wall of coned yarns jumps to mind. The very special buttons we have to finish that very special project. Just the fact that we are located in a reproduction western town…
YC: What kinds of classes/services do you offer year round?
LC: We teach spinning and weaving year round, but have numerous special dye days throughout the year.
YC: How do we get to your place–any special driving directions we need to know about?
LC: Take I-35W south to exit 15 (FM 916). Turn east towards Maypearl and take the first county road to the right (CR 202). Take the next county road to the right (CR 102) and turn in at the Beaumont Ranch sign. Follow the road around the celebration barn to the western town. We are just down the street from the church and next to the sheriff’s office.