I have just returned from a three day fiber adventure in La Conner, WA and Whidbey Island.
First stop on Thursday: LaConner Quilt Museum
The museum is in a beautiful, old house from the 1800s. The shows were lovely. I bought these beautiful hand marbled fabrics by Suzi Soderlund of Washington. I am going to let them be the inspiration for an art quilt or fabric book page.
Friday, I explored Whidbey Island's quaint little towns and shops, and of course, bakeries. Coupeville and Langley were favorites for strolling downtown and by the water.
Heading over Highway 20 each day I crossed the bridge at Deception Pass- a truly amazing view. There are pullouts to park and walk across it, and also stairs that lead down below the bridge.
Saturday was my big day I had been looking forward to- the Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Sale!
It did not dissapoint!
It is held at Paradise Found farm in Clinton. There were wonderful, friendly vendors, and all kinds of goodies! Wool, yarns, spinning wheels, hand dyed roving, silks, gifts and hats and mittens, and so on!
I was thrilled when Barbara from BJS Fiber Creations took the time to teach me how to spin yarn with a drop spindle. I am hooked! I don't knit, but I like the idea of using my own yarns in art quilts and for embroidered pieces.
|My new toy!|
And here is some of Barbara's fiber and yarn...oooooh, this makes me want to knit!
I also met Tara from Rain City Fiber Arts. She does some amazing hand dyed wool and yarn spinning in Snohomish, WA. And she took the time to tell me all about her spinning wheel...which I someday may be buying. (First, stick with drop spindle!) Here are some of Tara's beautiful fibers...
And, I couldn't leave without a couple new books too. One for more felting ideas, and one to try my hand at natural dyes.
Looks like I am going to be busy spinning yarn and felting this fall!