How is your New Year coming along? If you’ve been keeping up your resolution to do more needle felting, I applaud you! And if not, don’t worry… there’s plenty of time to work on your projects. For me personally, I’m already finding that 2022 is shaping up to be a busy, busy year! Lambing season is just around the corner.
Plus, we’re hosting another needle felting retreat soon at the Nome Schoolhouse! I can’t wait. This was always a key aspect of the schoolhouse restoration project: to create a fiber arts center that would bring together our crafting community. It’s also the perfect complement to Dakota Fiber Mill, which has helped source Bear Creek Felting’s wool for years. My partner and good friend, Chris Armbrust, went from raising alpacas to launching her own fiber mill. This not only saved her a lot of time but also helped us make sure we can offer sustainability sourced wool to Chris’ clients and my students! It is truly an inspiring story.
I absolutely admire Chris’ passion and tenacity as she grew Dakota Fiber Mill from scratch. Our shop at Bear Creek Felting has all sorts of goodies from both our flock and hers, from a grab bag of mill end roving to soft felt coasters you can customize. Her alpacas have generously donated their wool for some ultra-soft felt insoles.
You can also learn from our many hours spent dyeing wool with this natural fiber dye course. I’m completely fascinated by all aspects of fiber spinning and preparation. And with Dakota Fiber Mill’s alpacas and my sheep almost ready to be sheared, there’s plenty to be excited about here at Bear Creek!
So if you’ve used up most of your wool for your holiday crafts, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty more soon enough. Stay tuned for details about the needle felting retreat and other fun fiber arts events at the Nome Schoolhouse!