A bit of personal history…
My fiber arts history did not begin until I was in my 20’s. I was the one girl in a one-girl office. Fortunately, the neighboring office included a girl who was my age and from Denmark. She taught me to knit and crochet, which explains why I knit Continental style. (Try it! It’s a fast way to knit.)
By the time I was in my mid-30’s, I was bored with knitting and decided to learn to weave. My husband and I were stationed in San Diego (USN). There was a large group of weavers in southern California, so it was pretty easy to get, and stay, involved with weavers and weaving classes.
In my early 40’s, with husband now retired, I came back to Dallas and joined the Dallas Handweavers & Spinners Guild. You know what happened next, right? I had to learn to spin!
Once you learn to spin, there is only one more aspect of fiber arts to experience: raising fiber animals. At the age of 52, my husband agreed to move to Farmersville, and the Fancy Fibers Farm was born.
And now ….
Nowadays I’m traveling merrily through my 60’s. The Farm grew and occupied my days (and more than one night) full-time for several years. In 2013, we opened the Fancy Fibers Store near downtown Farmersville, and the farm had to be downsized.
Going forward from 2018, I have narrowed my focus again. I spend most of my time teaching, both at home and on the road, and creating whatever art inspires me at the moment. I still operate a store, and always welcome the business of those who are willing to Shop Local (“local” being a relative term).
I hope you will come to visit. Check the Calendar page first to be sure I’m around, though, or contact me in advance of your visit to make arrangements. I look forward to meeting you…
Mary Berry, Sept. 2018
My name is Mary Berry.
It’s okay to laugh; everybody does. It’s a name that can’t help but make people happy.
Nobody calls me Mary. Even my mother called me Mary Frances! Now it’s Mary Berry, all one word, all the time. That makes me smile!