Thanks for stopping by Three Smooth Stones. I’m Betty Chamness Trost and this is my shop. Raised in the cool and moist forests of western Oregon with lots of time spent meditating while walking the beaches of the Oregon Coast, I have a deep fondness for stones, wool, textures, tiny things, and bright rain-washed colors. Although I've lived in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) for 30 years, I continue to seek out and draw inspiration from stones and flowing water, ferns and wood violets, glorious wools, brightly colored and textured fabric and fibers.
Online Sales: In my shop you’ll find soothing and meditative art objects made of smooth stones. On some of my stones, I hand paint dotted mandala designs using layers of brilliant colors that create glorious textures. On other stones, with my hands I wet-felt wool fibers, then hand embroider garden motifs on top. I also needle-felt wool garden themed pictures featuring delightful bumble bees with silk wings. Cozy and cushy custom-made wool felted slippers are something else I offer my customers.
Setting Up My Tent: In addition to online sales, since 2016 and from May through December, you’ll find me selling at the fabulous and enormous (300+ vendors) Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market, and at a variety of Art in the Garden and Art Show events in central Iowa. Check out my Events link for my calendar with those dates.
Teaching Classes: I also enjoy teaching classes and do so throughout the year at garden nurseries, wineries, art galleries, and in my customers’ homes. For many years I was a teacher-educator at Iowa State University, so teaching my craft is a natural and joyous thing. I love the interaction with my students and customers. You’ll find my class schedule at my Class link. You may want to join one of my scheduled classes. You can always contact me if you’d like to schedule a special occasion (birthday, holiday) class with your friends in your home, church, or business.
Betty Chamness Trost
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