About Us

Welcome to Carol Leigh's Hillcreek Fiber Studio.

2017 marks our 35th year in business.  Carol Leigh's Specialties was founded in 1982 primarily as a custom weaving, spinning and natural dyeing business.  As a result of increasing inquiries of "How and where can I learn to do that?", Hillcreek Fiber Studio was added in 1986 to provide workshops, tools, books, and supplies for the growing number of weavers, spinners and natural dyers.  In recent years, we've combined the names into

Carol Leigh's HILLCREEK FIBER STUDIO.

Our business is family owned and operated, founded originally by myself in 1982, with continuous support and assistance from my husband, Dennis Kaiser. Denny joined us full-time in 1998, following 25 years as Manager and Comptroller of one of Mid-Missouri's largest contractor equipment & camper sales/rental agencies. His forte is in providing quality customer service. He finishes our various frame looms, ships orders, does the accounting, demonstrates triangle weaving at shows, and more. Son Carl Spriggs is a gifted woodworker who was instrumental in developing our patented adjustable triangle loom. He continues to build the Tri-Looms, and now our adjustable square and rectangle looms, as well as Navajo looms, sturdy inkle looms, maru dai, and many of our other spinning and weaving tools. Carl also is the official bobbin maker for the old Reeves spinning wheels no longer in production. He also has developed his own Etsy site highlighting his own wood creations under Spriggs Creations.  After teaching middle school science, daughter Rebecca (Bex) Oliger joined us in 1999 as our sales manager and merchandiser.  After developing the knitting side of our business, she founded Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe in 2003.  Bex stocks great knitting yarns & supplies, as well as weaving, spinning, & natural dyeing equipment & supplies.  She creates BextraOrdinary knitting patterns, and teaches various styles of knitting as well as weaving and dyeing.  Daughter Rose Martin, an honor graduate in Photo Journalism from the University of Missouri, moved to Florida in 2011 with her husband Will, where she is pursuing her professional photography career.  Rose was the incredible photographer for both books authored by me:  "Continuous Strand Weaving Method, Techniques and Projects on Triangle, Square, and Rectangle Frame Looms" and "Nature Provides Dyes for Rainbows". Phil Spriggs, Carl and Rebecca's Dad, was our computer specialist, record keeper, and publisher of our brochures, newsletters, catalogs and our extensive Website and WebStore from 1991 until he passed in 2017.

Hillcreek Fiber Studio is located three miles south of Columbia, Missouri, in the Little Bonne Femme Creek valley, looking out on woods, pastures and a state park. We are now scheduling on-demand private and small group lessons in: Multi-shaft, Navajo, Rigid Heddle or Inkle Weaving; Continuous Strand Weaving on Triangle, Square, or Rectangle Looms; Spinning; and Natural Dyeing throughout the year. Bed and Breakfast at the Studio, and airport shuttle service from St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia Regional airports to our front door, are available for lesson participants. We offer bed and breakfast for students from out of town.

Thanks to you, our loyal customers and friends, Carol Leigh's Hillcreek Fiber Studio has continued to grow, adding to the variety of looms using the continuous strand weaving method, and more variety in products & instruction for you.

Our goal is to provide reliable, friendly service with natural, quality products at reasonable prices. We're small enough to provide you with the personal attention and assistance you deserve, yet large enough to offer one of the largest selections of yarns, natural dyes, weaving and spinning tools, equipment, and fiber-related books in the Midwest. Welcome to our Website.

                                                Naturally,  Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser
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