|WOOLGATHERERS - ABOUT US|
2016 - Now in our 10th Year
on Main St. in Fond du Lac.
The Woolgatherers is a family run business.
Sara is the weaver and spinner with nearly 40 years of experience. Hans is the engineer and woodworker. Together we produce a line of portable weaving looms and weaving accessories as well as quality handwoven items.
We specialize in small to mid-sized looms for the smaller home or apartment. Our Dutch Master table looms fold down into a fishing tackle bag. To complement the travel looms, we are importers of ÖXABÄCK small footprint LILLA countermarche looms from Sweden. We also carry Glimakra looms and equipment, including the sweet little JULIA. Table and Rigid Heddle looms from ASHFORD fill out our loom assortment.
Our special offer to weavers is free instruction with the purchase of a new loom so that setup and operation are clear before taking it home.
A full line of spinning and weaving equipment is available to make fiber pursuits more pleasurable. We carry spinning wheels from ASHFORD and LOUET - and make the same instruction offer with all wheel purchases. Our book selection includes out of print titles - collected wherever we find them. Our expertise, built on years of experience, helps us help you find exactly the tools you need. Hans uses his engineering skills to adapt and repair looms and spinning wheels.
The Woolgatherers carries a complete assortment of knitting needles, crochet hooks, tatting shuttles and other needlework supplies. We carry a variety of knitting yarns, DMC crochet cotton and linen embroidery floss, and imported linen evenweave for stitching projects. Imported linen towels, damask napkins and other finished textiles, suitable for gifts, round out our product line.
Handwoven fabrics include one of a kind damask pieces as well as distinctive household textiles with a European flair.
The Woolgatherers is open Tues—Sat. 10—5 at 25A N. Main St. in Fond du Lac. If you are traveling from a distance, we'll open for you if you call ahead.
Individual instruction offered in weaving, spinning, knitting, felting and dyeing. Lessons begin where you left off - no need to start over. Refresher weaving instruction is my specialty - show me what you still remember and I'll just fill in the missing blanks.
Please stop by when you're close - just off Highway 41 in downtown Fond du Lac.
|The Woolgatherers originated in a small town, north of Hamburg Germany in the mid 1980’s. At that time, the business was based around a small herd of milking sheep, their products, and handspun/handwoven textiles.|
|The Lilqvist loom, mainstay all these years resided in the upstairs bedroom - where the ceiling sloped down. The first sales took place at the local farmer's marker. Time went by, the boys wished to study in the US and the family moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. After many years of working "normal" jobs, Sara and Hans are happy to have the chance to put those early years into the mix at their new retail outlet in Fond du Lac.|