Sunset Fiberworks in Traphill sits overlooking the Yadkin Valley. It’s operated by Mary and John Freas on land that’s been in John’s family for two centuries. John built the log cabin core of the home 1970 with inspiration from the Foxfire books. The Freases also raise cattle and keep bees. Mary was inspired to learn to weave by a promise. John’s aunt would give Mary a loom if Mary learned how to use it. She did, and since then, Mary has expanded her collection of looms and logged decades of weaving experience. The weaving heritage of Sunset Fiberworks connects also to Lucy Morgan, John’s great aunt and founder of Penland School of Craft near Spruce Pine. Mary now weaves and teaches on a loom that accompanied Lucy to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
In Sunset Fiberworks’ Loom House, visitors can learn numerous styles of fiber arts. The Loom House is set up as a flexible teaching studio as well as lodging for those that come to learn. Visitors will find projects underway on various types of looms and perhaps thread being measured for a warp. Depending on inventory, on display are woven and knitted items such as dishtowels, placemats, wraps, throws, totes, pillows, hats, and handspun yarn for sale.
But Mary’s main passion is passing on the skills and lessons she’s learned over the years. Those interested in learning, can contact Mary to discuss the goals they have for weaving. Depending on the size, scale, and method of the teaching and work, students could leave with their own creations.