RiversideAtelier

Natural fibers, spinning tools, knitting accessories.

Entiat, Washington · 48 Sales

RiversideAtelier

Natural fibers, spinning tools, knitting accessories.

Entiat, Washington 48 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Welcome to Riverside Atelier!
We are a family of artisans living in a beautiful little town alongside the Columbia river in the Evergreen state of Washington.
We specialize in knitting notions, spinning tools, natural fibers, and hand spun yarns.
We also specialize in boutique hand knitted garments and accessories which we design and create from our own yarns, thusly, these types of items will be listed less frequently as they take much longer to create--but oh, so much lovelier! It's akin to your favorite meal, made from scratch, warm, sumptuous, something you linger over, verses a frozen entrée.

For those of you who have "Followed" us, or "Favorited" our shop, we are transitioning from using commercially made yarns to solely our own in our hand knitted garments and accessories. For the purpose of integrity we have chosen to remove any items knitted from commercially made yarns.
We want our buyers to shop with confidence, with no room left for doubt, that you are purchasing an authentic, original, hand spun, hand knitted, self-designed product. Thank you for your patience as we go through this transition, and check back often to find something lovely. Enjoy looking around!

The Stewart's

Visit, and "Like", our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/riversideatelier to get updates of our activity and peeks at new products.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 4, 2016

Welcome to Riverside Atelier!
We are a family of artisans living in a beautiful little town alongside the Columbia river in the Evergreen state of Washington.
We specialize in knitting notions, spinning tools, natural fibers, and hand spun yarns.
We also specialize in boutique hand knitted garments and accessories which we design and create from our own yarns, thusly, these types of items will be listed less frequently as they take much longer to create--but oh, so much lovelier! It's akin to your favorite meal, made from scratch, warm, sumptuous, something you linger over, verses a frozen entrée.

For those of you who have "Followed" us, or "Favorited" our shop, we are transitioning from using commercially made yarns to solely our own in our hand knitted garments and accessories. For the purpose of integrity we have chosen to remove any items knitted from commercially made yarns.
We want our buyers to shop with confidence, with no room left for doubt, that you are purchasing an authentic, original, hand spun, hand knitted, self-designed product. Thank you for your patience as we go through this transition, and check back often to find something lovely. Enjoy looking around!

The Stewart's

Visit, and "Like", our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/riversideatelier to get updates of our activity and peeks at new products.

The Stewarts

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The Stewarts

About

Step Into Our Shop!

Hello, and welcome to Riverside Atelier!
A little chilly outside? Right over there is a table with fresh coffee that Craig, he owns "The Wood Shoppe", just made; brewed in the French press, robust and strong! People say that I'm a "coffee snob", but I'm not so sure about that. Anyway, beside the coffee is a tray of absolutely delicious cookies that Hannah just pulled from the oven. My, how that girl can cook! Just the other day I told her I was going to resign and let her take over the cooking; that idea flew like a led balloon. Hmm, in thinking about it, maybe we should add a cookie shoppe. Currently, she works with me in "The Fiber Shoppe".
Back to the table, next to the cookies there's a basket of assorted teas, and that carafe to the left is full of hot water for steeping. The pitcher with the grape motif holds cool spring water if that's more to your liking. The little bowl beside it has lemon and lime wedges for either tea or water. After getting your refreshments come sit with me over there by the fire and I'll tell you about our store. Oh, by the way, my name is Cheryl; and you are? It's so nice to meet you!

Pardon me? Oh, how long have we been in business? Well, the actual opening of our store has only been a few years, but the designing and creating has been over 40 years. Around the age of eight I began spending my evenings at the kitchen table writing poetry, drawing landscapes, florals, faces, and designing clothes while my family enjoyed evening TV, and activities of their own. It was at that kitchen table a dream was conceived inside of me to have a business of my own where I could create beautiful things for others to enjoy.
At the age of nine I was introduced to my first pair of knitting needles by a friend of my mother's, but it wasn't till my later teens that I exchanged pencils for needles. Due to the loss of my sight it was not possible to derive the same pleasure from drawing as before, though I tried, it just wasn't the same. The pictures that once emerged on paper would now find their voice in either a crochet hook and yarn, or from my knitting needles. Isn't it amazing how, accompanied by the grace of God, we can find ways to carry out the things we so passionately want to do? I can imagine there are plenty of things that have presented themselves as obstacles in your way and your determination, coupled with the kindness of God, kindness you didn't even realize was extended to you, gave you the strength needed, to climb over and press on. Yes?
What were we talking about? Oh yes, I remember now. So, through the years, like many artisans I know, lots of things have been made and most of it found its way out my door in gift boxes or wrapping paper. Of the things made for myself, I could count on half a hand. There's something so entirely satisfying about creating something for someone, and tasting their pleasure in receiving and enjoying it. It's not about just making something, but creating something with personality, something that's personal to the taste of another; something that they relate to; that makes them feel absolutely lovely when worn. Do you know what I mean?
That's really what motivates us here. Sometimes people find something they enjoy doing, do it well, and so decide to make of business of it. What motivates them is earning a living by doing the thing they love. Then, there's those who do what they do whether paid or not. In fact, they cannot not do it; it's just a part of who they are; they have to create! It's like a living thing inside of them desperately wanting to be born, to be given life, and it's pure satisfaction watching it take form. There's something miraculous about the transformation of an invisible thought into something visible, a tangible creation, don't you think? And that's who we are here at Riverside Atelier.

Craig, as mentioned before, owns "The Wood Shoppe", and, from childhood, has been inventing things. His employment is that of a computer technician, but I venture to say, that like most Einstein's, he works because it's necessary and if he had his druthers he'd be in his workshop winding coils, making sparks, harnessing ways to maximize solar power, making motors, or using his wood tools to fashion something completely unique. Though it's called "The Wood Shoppe", you really don't know what you'll find in there. Just as long as it doesn't move and breathe we'll be fine; right? One thing you can know, his love for originality, perfection and quality is seen in everything he makes.

Hannah, one of our precious daughters, is a fragrant rose in it's unfolding bloom whose talents and interests are many. Photography, music, singing, painting, cooking, baking, crafting, writing, reading, knitting, spinning, are just a few. She's a great asset to all that's done around here, from secretarial to making certain dinner is served, because mom's got a deadline, she makes sure that little gaps in life get filled. That same attentiveness is given to the lovely things she creates; you won't find any gaps in that either. She takes the framework of a normal days activities and paints it full of color; sometimes practical, sometimes humorous and playful, but always sincere, meaningful, and with purpose, just like the stitches on her needles. She is thorough, loving the work of detailing.

I hope this gives you a glimpse of who we are and the pleasure we take in making what we do. It's our sincere hope that you have as much enjoyment with your purchase as we had in creating it just for you.
Whatever shoppe you visit while here, be assured you are buying something made with care, love of artistic beauty, quality of craftsmanship, and the desire to bring you enjoyment, pride of ownership, and very satisfied you made a purchase at Riverside Atelier.

Shop members

  • Cheryl Stewart

    Designer, Creator, Owner

    A knitter for 30 years, a spinner since 2010. I love creating and designing from the fiber up. Quality and fine craftsmanship are very important to me. Designing is my passion whether a garment or a fiber blend.

  • Hannah Stewart

    Creator, Designer, Photographer

    I am the daughter of Craig and Cheryl. I have been a knitter for 8+ years and a spinner since 2010. I, as many other crafters out there like me, am on a constant quest of learning new crafts and exploring a world of creativity there is all around me.

  • Craig Stewart

    Creator, Designer, Shipper

    I enjoy wood crafts and electronics. Some of my future projects will integrate both. For the time being I will focus my attention on some simpler projects that will integrate well with the fiber department such as lazy kates and beg. drop spindles.

  • John Zucker

    Creator, Designer

    I've been working with wood for over forty years. Most of my work is with hard woods from around the world; I also use wood from local trees most of which, after being cut, is dried for a year or more. My favorite woods are Black Walnut and Balinga.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Mar 29, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

It is best to always hand wash hand knitted natural fiber items in cool water with a natual fiber safe laundry soap or natual fiber wash. Let set for recommended time stated on label of detergent. Rinse in the same temperature water, squeeze excess water out gently, then reshape and lay flat to dry. Larger items can be laid on a towel, gently rolled, and can be pressed by hands or feet to expel water. Do not agitate, or vigorously scrub during washing as fibers can felt easily.