P is for Primitive

American Made Since 2004

Lisanne Miller

Canton, Mississippi
Teach, create, and supply from design to finish traditional fiber arts--rug hooking, Russian & Oxford punch needle, knit & braiding in one shop

Tell us about your business.

My love of rug hooking has allowed me to share and continue this true traditional. I began teaching as a way of bringing the fiber arts into people’s lives at a very basic level. It has allowed me to continue the tradition of “sewing circles” in a modern context as well as passing on my creative energy to anyone who is a willing recipient. By opening the shop, it is a central regional location for custom design work, teaching, and supplying the fiber arts not carried in big box stores at reasonable prices. I offer "open table" for anyone to join in, private workshops, one on one lessons as well as four to five specialized workshops per year. Participants come from as far as 1500 miles to attend. Everywhere I teach people want P is for Primitive in their hometown. Our business is now in the process of setting up events in towns that do not have access to a shop like P is for Primitive. By hosting one or two day events, we can fuel & foster the traditional fiber arts to more

What makes your business stand out?

Our business is unique because we cater to the lost fiber arts as well as carry supplies for them at a reasonable price. Under one roof you can purchase supplies for rug hooking, knitting, rug braiding, Russian punch needle and Oxford punch. Plus receive lessons on how to successfully hook, knit, braid or punch. If you get stuck, we are always there to assist. We also offer custom designed patterns (you can hook a rug of your home) and a unique environment of "Open Table" at no cost. It fosters the "sewing circles" of another era in a modern setting. We offer "yarn tastings" for knitters to try new yarns in a fun setting; specialized rug hooking workshops so attendees can expand their knowledge base and artistic abilities; seasonal based workshops for the holidays so everyone at every learning level can have a "homemade holiday" ; as well as sourcing as many of our supplies as we can within the United States. Everyone wants P is for Primitive in their town!

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