Regina Rooney, owner of Rose Path Weaving in Tyler, took some time to answer questions about her darling little shop in the east Texas piney woods. Everyone I’ve talked to has come back from Rose Path a new fan of the shop and its people. I encourage you to plan a little jaunt down I-20 to visit and find gold!
Yarn Crawl: How and when did you fall in love with yarn?
Regina: I signed up for a weaving class with my daughter at Tyler Jr. College in 2000. It was such a creative feeling to work with yarn, its colors and textures. My love of weaving quickly grew into a love of other fiber arts.
YC: What is your yarn craft of choice, or are there several?
Regina: My first love is weaving but followed very closely by knitting.
YC: How did you turn your yarn love into a business?
Regina: While taking classes at TJC with my daughter, weaving became a passion and then a business when I could not find quality resources in our area. I worked in my father’s insurance company for most of my life, 40 years, and I had been weaving for about 5 years. So, I retired from my job and opened Rose Path Weaving – named by my daughter, Rose Path is a traditional Swedish weaving pattern which I thought was fitting since Tyler is also known as the Rose City with beautiful rose gardens and an annual rose parade.
YC: How long have you been in business?
Regina: I opened Rose Path Weaving at a local retail center in May 2005. I moved my business to a little shop in the woods built near my home in 2012.
YC: Does your shop have a particular specialty or focus?
Regina: We are a small boutique shop and are very careful about our yarn selections. Our specialties are weaving supplies and natural fiber and hand-dyed yarn. Recently, we have been building our Texas Friendly yarn collection in cotton and bamboo with blends that are suited to our hot Texas climate.
YC: What are some not-to-be-missed things we will find at your shop?
Regina: Jennifer Thompson Miller has created a signature “Rose Path” color for us in bamboo that we adore. She is a talented fiber artist and speaker and will be our guest Indie Artist for this year’s crawl.
YC: What special events or activities are you planning for the Crawl?
Regina: We will host Jennifer Thompson Miller of Theodora’s Pearls for a Trunk Show and two Talks. And, there’s a FREE Cowgirl Bandana Circular Needle Keeper for crawlers who purchase yarn at Rose Path during the Crawl! All of the details can be found on our blog, Facebook or Ravelry forum. We are really excited about the expertise and talent that Jennifer will share with us during her two talks, to be held after hours at a winery near us, on the last Friday and Saturday of the Crawl.
YC: What kinds of classes/services do you offer year round?
Regina: We offer beginning weaving lessons year round and have special weaving demonstrations and knitting classes that we periodically post on our blog at rosepath.net. We have a great group of knitters that meet on Friday afternoons and we have talented knitting and spinning instructors that offer private lessons on an individual basis.
YC: How do we get to your place–any special driving directions we need to know about?
Regina: From Interstate 20, exit off the Highway 69 Tyler and go south. You will pass Cracker Barrel and then turn left on the next road, County Road 461/James Fair Parkway. Go 1/3 mile and we are on the right. Our little shop in the woods!
YC: Anything else you’d like DFW Yarnies to know about you?
Regina: I recently opened an online store: rosepathyarn.com which serves as a place for me to sell our overflow yarn and supplies from our little shop in the woods. We also have great half-priced bargain yarns in our stash on Ravelry.com.