A Serene Haven for the Fiber Lover's Soul
A Serene Haven for the Fiber Lover's Soul

Welcome to Patty's Paradise

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Our Story and mission

Cari Sample Malver, Patty McNall and Ginger Snip were long time close friends as well as co-conspirators in the textile travel industry. Typically weaving, knitting and riding horses along the way, they explored the world together as the "Tres Amigas."

 

When their dear friend Patty passed away suddenly in 2013, there was a very large hole in their lives. To honor her creative and generous spirit, they teamed up with Patty's husband DeGrey Phillips to found Patty's Paradise, a Rocky Mountain Fiber Arts Center, at her beloved home.  While Patty enjoyed all her global adventures, she was devoted to her haven at Cottonwood Ranch and would often remark that it would be easy to be a hermit there with her gentle yaks.  So what could be a more fitting legacy than to weave together her passion for fiber arts, her home and global textiles by opening her amazing ranch up to all creative fiber artists in her memory?

 

All fiber arts enthusiasts are invited to join Ginger and Cari at Patty's Paradise, with its spectacular mountain setting, breathtaking views and a pasture filled with grazing Tibetan yaks.  In this idylic place, a variety of fiber related workshops and retreats are offered including weaving, dyeing, spinning, felting, knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. Talented local artists as well as instructors from around the globe are brought in to lead the various events.    

 

A portion of the proceeds from each workshop and retreat held here are donated in Patty's name to charitable projects including scholarships for underprivileged weavers and othe worthy causes helping the global textile community.  Read more about mission and our current beneficiary...

A little about the founders

Cari and Ginger celebrating after hiking Machu Picchu

Cari Sample Malver

Cari is an award winning weaver trained in the Rio Grande tradition of weaving unique to the Southwest where she makes her home in Telluride, Colorado.  Her weaving passion also includes freestyle SAORI weaving.  Cari is passionate about textiles and exposing others to the many forms of fiber art around the world.

 

Cari has been in the travel industry for more than twenty-five years and owns a textile tour company, Loom Dancer Odysseys, which offers a variety of uncommon, hands-on fiber arts journey around the world. 

 

Cari weaving in Oaxaca

 

 

It is Cari's belief that, as creative travelers, we have the rare opportunity to have a postive impact on our destinations.  Her commitment to the global community is the driving force behind Loom Dancer's pledge to offer support to fiber artists around the world through their tours and personal interactions.  In addition to leading these worldwide adventures, she teaches tapestry weaving classes here at home. 

 

 

Ginger Snip

SAORI weaving at Patty's Paradise

 

 

Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Ginger learned to sew and knit as a child.  She graduated from the University of Maryland in Textile Marketing and spent years studying weaving and dyeing at the Southwest School of Art and Design in San Antonio, Texas.  She was co-owner, operator of Needle Rock Fiberarts, a yarn and knitting salon, in Telluride, Colorado, where she taught knitting and encouraged all who entered to delve in to the rich world of fiber.

 

 

Ginger with Nilda Callenupa and her mother in Peru

 

Ginger is an Assistant Guide with Loom Dancer Odysseys and travels worldwide in search of textiles and fiber artists. She is a grandmother of two, a mother of three and lives with her husband , two dogs and four horses near Telluride.  She dyes yarn in a horse stall and weaves alternately on a Rio Grande loom and a SAORI loom in the top of her barn.

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