San Jose, CA
Annette Ringeisen was born and raised in Germany as the fifth of six children to artistic parents. She was introduced at an early age to Handwork, but not until she became a parent herself did she find wool fiber as her medium to express herself. With the support of her husband she enjoyed being a stay at home mom when their children were young.
Close ties to Waldorf schools, first in Germany, later in North Carolina, allowed her to teach Handwork and German to lower and middle school students, while her own children were attending the same school.
In North Carolina her family enjoyed living inn a historic farm house on 7 acres, keeping rescue miniature horses, chickens, geese, ducks, growing vegetables in the garden and a little fiber on 3 adored angora goats. While leaving all that behind to move with her husband, their two dogs, and the old farm cat to California wasn’t easy, Annette is happy to connect with the fibershed to continue her creative work using local resources and making new fiber friends in the area.
A child at heart herself, she has created Woolboro, the place to visit to find beautiful, wholesome, and one of a kind things made of wool for children and the young at heart.