2814 West Street
Ames, IA 50014




Monday through Friday: 10 am to- 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: closed

We gladly accept personal checks and cash, as well as Master Card, Visa, and Discover credit or debit cards.




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Rosemary Heideman

Rosemary Heideman

Photo by Kathy Corones

In 1988, at an age when most women plan for retirement, Rosemary Heideman went into business for herself.  On Dec. 7 she opened The Rose Tree Fiber Shop in a tiny Main Street storefront in Ames, Iowa, where she featured supplies, books and inspiration for weavers and spinners as well as knitters, basket makers and other fiber arts.  Rose Tree has moved twice – to a space on Douglas Avenue in downtown Ames, and finally to its current location at 2814 West St., near the Iowa State University campus.  In 2008 Rosemary celebrated her 80th birthday and Rose Tree’s 20th anniversary.  Both are still going strong.

Visitors to the shop benefit from Rosemary’s lifetime of experience as a knitter, spinner, weaver, dyer and fiber artist.  She teaches classes in knitting, spinning, and weaving, designs new patterns and deciphers those too complicated for others to make sense of.  Her knowledge of fact and technique is vast, and there are few fiber-related problems Rosemary can’t solve.

Rosemary Heideman was on KCCI Channel 8 for a segment on Working Women and we thought you would enjoy it as much as we have!

Diane Corson

Diane has been fascinated with fibers since she learned to knit at age 10.  She designs patterns for Rose Tree, preferring small projects like socks and bags, and teaches classes in knitting, felting and dyeing.  Diane occasionally helps out behind the counter at the shop, where she enjoys the opportunity to read all the new books that have come in. She likes working with unique and exotic fibers and blends, but her favorite yarn to knit with is still wool.  Her work is currently featured in galleries in Iowa and South Dakota.   

Michelle Eppert


Michelle Eppert is a self-taught knitter with a relentless curiosity and passion for the artistry of stitch, pattern, color, contrast, texture, fiber and fit. When she isn’t knitting, hand-spinning, reading about knitting and spinning, or dreaming about knitting and spinning, she teaches classes here at the Rose Tree Fiber Shop and at other venues. In addition to teaching classes, Michelle helps out behind the counter at the shop, edits and distributes the shop newsletter, provides content for the website and manages the class offerings and social activities.

In her spare time, Michelle is mom to her busy, teenage daughter and bossy-older-sister to her family. She’s also an active member of the Des Moines Knitting Guild and the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild.

If you want to know more about Michelle, her nutty family, her preferred genre in books and music, or latest camping exploits, you can find her on Ravelry: mmeppert, or Facebook: Michelle Eppert.