2021 Open Hours:
We are currently open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. If the Mill is busy, we will stay open until 6 PM. If you would like to stop by during the week between 4-6, please schedule withh us ahead of time. We’ll be happy to stay open for you.
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We are slowly adding more and more of our studio inventory to our website. Visit the main page of our online shop here.
An open working and teaching fiber arts studio
Amy Shelton of Crochetville and Nharah Clark are happy to share the SPARKLE Studio space located at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, a reclaimed old cotton and weaving mill that has been turned into an artist community in Huntsville, Alabama. Our focus is on fiber arts. Our doors are open so that you can watch us as we create all sorts of items from our heart and so that you, too, can learn, work, and create in a positive and uplifting environment. Everybody has an inner creative sparkle, and we want to help you find it!
About the Studio
Learn. Work. Play.
An open working studio means that Amy and Nharah will be working their own creative processes, and all the tools and equipment are available for you to use by the hour or with your unlimited open Studio Pass. Studio Pass holders also enjoy 50% off classes & workshops taught by Amy or Nharah and 20% off class materials.
In addition to providing you with space where you can work on your creative projects, SPARKLE Studio also carries a wide variety of supplies for your various projects. We make some of our own products and we try to source local suppliers whenever possible. You’ll find a carefully curated selection of yarn and fiber, knitting and crochet implements, weaving and spinning tools, and so much more!
Many of our customers share our belief in the importance of infusing the work we do with a lot of love, intention, and positive energy. We carry a number of products designed to help our customers tap into their tuition and to increase their own positive energy: handcrafted Reiki energy-infused crystal and gemstone bracelets, oracle decks, handcrafted bags for your decks, and oracle and tarot readings to help you gain insight into various areas of your life.
Sit and Stitch
TEMPORARY HOLD: Due to Covid, we are hosting large groups for Sit and Stitch. However, if you happen to be at Lowe Mill and have a project with you, and you’d like to sit down at any time to work on it, you are happy to make use of our loft. We can host a maximum of 3 people at a time.
We host Sit and Stitch every Saturday from noon until 4 pm in The Loft, the enchanted forest cottage area of our studio. Customers are invited to bring whatever project they are currently working on and spend time talking with others who also enjoy crafting from the heart. It can be a weekly support group that’s quite a bit cheaper than therapy!
Studio Tools & Equipment
Available for Studio Pass holders to use:
Strauch drum carders including the much coveted Mad Batt’r art batt carder, dizzes, blending board, spinning wheels (Lendrum, Louet, and Schacht), drop spindles, swift, ball winders, knitting and crochet tools, triangular looms in assorted sizes, 4″ pin looms, rigid heddle looms in assorted sizes, and more.
Classes and Workshops
Many of our classes are suitable for absolute beginners, although we also offer a number of intermediate and advanced classes.
We can teach any class whenever you are available. You may have a one-on-one class or you may bring some friends with you. Our teaching rates are $20 per hour per person. Here is a sampling of classes you can find at Sparkle Studio:
Crochet and Knitting
- Beginning classes
- Learn to read symbols and charts
- Adding beads to your work
- Get Squared for the Perfect Fit: making fashionable garments with crochet
- Advanced Get Squared classes
- Many other crochet and knit techniques and projects
- Intro to pin loom weaving (4″ square loom)
- Pin loom weaving projects
- Tri-loom: Continuous strand weaving projects
- Tri-loom: Cut strand weaving projects
- Beginning rigid heddle loom weaving
- Rigid heddle weaving projects
- Circular weaving
- Spinning for beginners (wheel or drop spindle)
- Corespinning and textured art yarns
- Washing fleeces
- Carding embellished batts
- Creating roving and rolags on a drum carder
- Fiber painting on a blending board
- Hand sewing
- Machine sewing
- Working with patterns
- Making pattern adjustments
Come visit us!
We hope that you will come visit our studio just as soon as we are able to reopen! We would love to meet you and share our love of everything fiber with you.
If you don’t live in the Huntsville, AL, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (the location of our studio) really is worth a weekend trip. With over 150 different studio, 9 food and beverage venues, and lots of weekend activities, you’ll find so many things to do!