Rachel Barnhart loves to knit. And even more importantly, she loves to teach others her favorite pastime. Community Fibers is now open in Claremore!
Rachel first learned to knit and crochet when she was a teenager, and then set the activities aside. After college, she began her elementary education career in a high-risk school. The stress of teaching, as well as the pressure of making sure her students’ most basic needs were met, led her back to knitting as a way to soothe her tired soul. She took a refresher course and has never looked back.
After teaching, Rachel became a stay-at-home mom. She moved to Claremore a little more than four years ago from Broken Arrow, with her husband Brad and her children, Adyson and Garrett. Now that her kids are busy with school and friends, she wanted to find something to combine her love of knitting with her love of community, and Community Fibers was born! Rachel said, “Of all the things I’ve done, they all built community, and this came together as a way to combine two passions. So few places have a spot for people to come together. Now we can do that, foster community, and give back.”
Each quarter, Rachel chooses a non-profit, and knitters and crocheters come to the shop to hang out and create pieces for the chosen charity. Right now, it’s Bundles for Babies, and volunteers are making blankets and hats for babies in need. Wednesday night is free open stitch night, and that’s the perfect opportunity to help with Bundles for Babies. Note: If you do a Bundles for Babies project, the yarn is already donated. You can also bring your own project or pick up a new one for open stitch night. There’s free water, coffee, and wine, too.
Of course, Community Fibers is a place to purchase all of your knitting or crochet tools, including needles, yarn, and all of the other essentials (I know zero about this skill, so I’m not really sure what else there is, but she has a lot of stuff). The yarn stock is extensive, beautiful, and available at a variety of price points.
Knitting and crochet classes are also offered for all skill levels. Typical two-hour classes cost $20 plus materials; longer classes or those where materials are provided may cost more. Beginning knitting and crochet classes are offered once a month on either a Tuesday morning or Saturday afternoon. Classes for spinning, weaving, felting, yarn dyeing, Tunisian crochet, and more are being added as well. Follow Community Fibers on facebook to keep up with the latest!
Community Fibers is located at 511 W. 9th St., just south of Bennett’s Route 66 Pharmacy. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10a – 6p. Weekly stitch nights are Wednesday from 6p – 8p.