Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Felting in Hope Alaska

I packed a suitcase full of fiber and felting supplies for my recent visit to Anchorage, and I'm glad I did! The gals in Hope, Alaska, a tiny historic gold mining town where my kids have a cabin in the woods, asked me to do a Nuno Felt Workshop while I was hanging out in Hope. The powers that be kindly offered us the use of the chemisty lab at the Hope school, where the counters are perfect felting height and water spigots are plentiful. The day before our workshop, Denise Morrison from Fiber'n'Ice in Big Lake, Alaska, and her friend Myler, brought what looked like their entire merino and silk inventory for the shopping pleasure of my students and myself. They placed big soft containers, filled with beautifully, hand dyed wool roving in a colorful line across the grass. It had been rainy for days, but that morning the sun was out, the grass was dry, and the shopping was choice. Thanks so much Denise!

Believe it or not, Alaska is my go to place for fiber.
Denise has a way with dye that can't be beat!

Our classroom was full of light with a view of lush lawn and evergreen forest.

I was delighted to have my daughter join in the fun.

Happy participants make teaching a joy!