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Sunflower Studio

Located at 329 Elm Street, services offered include matting, framing, weaving, spinning and sewing. Collectibles and art are also available for purchase. Spinning demonstrations are available upon request.  Appointments are appreciated. 


The hours of the studio are:

Tues, Wed, & Sat 9:30-3 p.m. and

Thurs & Fri 9:30-5 p.m.

Phone # 712/353-6426

History

Sunflower Studios is owned and operated by Annie Porter-Racobs.  In 1989, Annie purchased her Louet spinning wheel, a wheel that comes from Holland.  Known for its high productivity, a Louet spinning wheel is not a very traditional looking spinning wheel.  Annie enjoys hers because of the ease in which it travels, taking it to deomnstrations at local schools and community clubs.  She also enjoys the wide variety of yarns it will spin.  Due to the nature of her weavings, she likes to have many choices of texture and color.

Her weavings are called tapestry weavings and they are created in an off-loom technique.  She most often times depicts the beauty of the beloved Loess Hills in which she resides.  Often capturing moments of beauty that she sees while hiking and traveling through-out western Iowa.  Many times incorporating small pieces of nature that she finds while hiking the hills. 

In 1998, due to the great need for space for her creative activity, she opened Sunflower Studio in a building next to her home.  The year 2000 brought about the purchase of Sunflower Studios current location. Originally built in 1888 for the Seventh Day Adventists, then it was sold in approximately 1952.  The church was operated as the Reorgnized Latter Day Saints until approximately 1967.  At that time, it was sold & turned into a home until Annie purchased it in 2000.  It is now the home of Sunflower Studio, where Annie has moved her art and collectible business, which includes a selection of vintage glass, jewelry and textile items.  Handcrafted items from local crafts persons are also offered.



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