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    Now, the rest of the story.....

    In 1926, 21 year old Ruth Ganss recieved a handmade wedding gift from her grandmother who lived in Germany.  Louise was a very special person to Ruth - the only mother she knew for the first three years of her life before she was reunited with her parents and sisters in Brooklyn, NY.

    The gift was a hand-embroidered table cloth with matching napkins to decorate a table for up to 12 guests.  They have been carefully cared for for nearly 90 years, passing to Ruth's daughter, Joan; and then grandaughter, Karen, who cares for them to this day.

    Louise was quite the gifted needleworker and seamstress, and she passed those skills on to her daughters.  One daughter, Marie, would become so proficient at needlecraft that she immigrated to the US to take a position as a private seamstress for a New York City family.  She would pass along her skills to each of her five daughters.  Daughter, Ruth, could sew about anything, from household items to children's clothing.   She also became quite the expert knitter.  Ruth's daughter, Joan, learned the knitting and sewing from her mother and added needlework to her own repretoire of skills.  And Joan's daughter, Karen, would expand those skills to include handmade quilting and crocheting.   Karen made sure that her four daughters each recieved a sewing machine before they left her nest.

    In 2006, Karen taught her daughter Georgia to knit and crochet.  It was Georgia's crocheting that really took off.  Before long, the two of them had amassed nearly 1,000 hats, donating most to charities.  Friends & family began asking for hats,  happy to pay Georgia and Karen for their time and skill.  Soon, Georgia and her mother began setting up shop at local craft shows and farmer's markets.  And then they decided to hit the road; traveling to many art, music and craft fairs and festivals.  An online store followed...a small craft business was born !

    While at an early music festival, Georgia exclaimed "It's a party on your head !"  The phrase rapidly caught on.  After being trademarked, the small business became known as Holston Mountain Hat Project, holstonhats.com and "It's A Party On Your Head !"

    Accessories have joined their line of handmade headwear and plans to create complete ensembles are in the making.  After 6 generations of fiber art beginning with a German grandmother so long ago, the possibilities are ever endless...

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