The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers yarn store, owned by Candice English, in Great Falls. (Photo: RION SANDERS/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE)
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers yarn shop is moving to Central Avenue, where the store will host a “soft opening” on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.
The new location, 320 Central Ave., is expected to bring more foot traffic to the business, and owner Candice English said she hopes the shop will grow the Great Falls community.
“My vision is to provide a space to build a bigger maker community. To provide yarns, fabrics and crafts that promote small fashion and sustainability,” she said.
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The store will offer knitting, weaving and craft classes and host other community events. Sewing machines will be available for rent, allowing people to work on a sewing project with support from a staff member, if needed.
English, who grew up on a ranch between Browning and Cut Bank with a Blackfeet mother and white father, said she blends the two cultures in her business.
Candice English, owner of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, hand dyes and ships yarn around the world from her store in Great Falls. (Photo: RION SANDERS/GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE)
Her yarn colors are rich and muted, which she describes as “classic Montana colors.” And English incorporates her Blackfeet heritage by naming some yarns in the Blackfoot language. Her cream-colored yarn, for example, is called Napi, who is a trickster in Blackfeet legends.
English started the shop three years ago, and as business boomed, she created Sister’s United, a foundation that supports Indigenous women and children through a scholarship opportunity and violence prevention.
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers’ dye studio and wholesale shipping will remain at the old location (17th St. North).
For more information on The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, visit www.thefarmersdaughterfibers.com.
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