As I mentioned before, the past two years have seen a great change for me in my feltmaking life – the bread and butter pincushion business dried up over the course of about 6 months. In that same timeframe, classes I offered didn’t go. None of them. For a year. Ouch.
My initial reaction was discouragement. I felt as if my feltmaking, the way I had defined it, slotted into a life of fulltime library work and family time, was over, and for some while I didn’t know how to fit myself into a new view.
What happened, in the end, was that I was able to be free to play with my own ideas again, instead of producing for markets; I delved back into sketchbook and felt and writing; as I began to play, things began to evolve and coalesce and growth began again…
Yesterday, I drove the 18 short miles to my friend Debie’s new yarn store,
which opened this past October. I unloaded the back of my car into her shop and set up to teach a class in felt to 4 students. Delightful!
Everyone had fun – not only those of us directly involved in the class, but others who wandered by.
Best of all, there was a request from a group of clients for another class in the spring. If you are free on April 9th, come on down to Serial Knitters in Kirkland, WA, for an adventure into flowers and beads.…. It’s gonna be fun!