Over the last few years, I have had the good fortune to visit the HDF factory, also called Silk Headquarters by hard-core users of HDF floss and fabric. It is located in Williamstown, a small valley town nestled in the hills of rural Pennsylvania. Now, if you are looking for a “happening” place, this town ain’t it. Restaurant options are Chinese takeout or pizza takeout; there are no hotels, no cafes, no movie theaters, no museums, no nothing, except for a few antique shops and a Friday Amish market. And I LOVE it! For me, this is one of the best getaways from the noise and crowd of Silicon Valley. I get to meet Vikki and Bob (the owners and gracious hosts), watch the entire manufacturing process of my beloved silk from dye pot to spool, play in the silk detritus bin, dye linen, sometimes meet other stitchers from nearby, and pick silk floss and linen from a vast array of choices. We also visit the Amish market and talk for hours about needlework and goings-on in the industry. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a weekend.
This is a front side view of the factory. It is a huge building with an enormous amount of space. However, only the first floor is used for operations. That’s Vikki and Bob walking back to the factory after supper.
Beautiful red barn by the side of the factory:
As you walk to the back of the factory, you see the front of the barn. Note the giant wooden spools on the side. Imagine them fully spooled with silk!
Rear view of the factory:
There are lovely woods and a creek running at the back:
During a walk at the back, I saw an elderberry bush, with gorgeous pink vines. I asked Vikki if she could dye that color and she said, “of course”!
More photos to follow in the next post.