Hi! For those of you who have followed me (and I thank you kindly!) I want you to know that I have been in a dilemma of where to take my blog. For those of you who don’t know me, I started Alaska Locker Hooking in 1999 with locker hooking and in 2005 I got into crocheting with fabric and making rugs and crocheted felted wool bowls. I started my Etsy Shop where I still sell my locker hooking & crochet patterns. And somewhere in there, I was also making my “Alaskan Stuffies”!
As you follow my posts, you will see that in the summer of 2014, I fell in love with Zentangle® Art and became a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), November 2014 and I have been teaching Zentangle® classes ever since. I tried to add Zentangle to this fiber art blog (Alaska Locker Hooking) , but it hasn’t worked very well sooo...I have made a new Zentangle® blog called, http://wordpress.com/donnajacobsonczt (which I hope you will follow!). I will also continue this blog, as I love fiber arts and still make things and I still do one Holiday Show a year! Does that make sense??
Fiber Art Website: www.alaskalockerhooking.com
Zentangle® Art Website: www.tanglealaska.com
Hi! We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers! Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October. Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet. Thank you Jana for letting us get together there! So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.
Our First Gathering
It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding! Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed. We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week. We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.
I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters! I saw crocheters who began to knit! I saw friendships develop and blossom! I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better. The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?” I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn. I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other. Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family! It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.
We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe! And Nicole brought handmade felted soap! Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas. We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it. Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)
The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class! I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo! But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast. It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)
I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things. In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather! But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships. Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!
Hi! I finally have my Alaskan Stuffies etsy shop up and running! It’s taken awhile to get it going, especially taking the photos, sweeking them, sizing and hopefully they are in focus! I think photo shop 2 is complicated for the lay person like myself and frustrating, but that’s all we have on our computer and I don’t excel in photography.
I’ve had to change a few things such as making two stuffies categories, “For all ages” and “For 3 year olds & up”, and making two different paper tags (one I stick in the pockets). Even though my 10 month old grandson plays with faux fur stuffies without problems, I’m not sure if it is safe for all babies. Safety is a huge thing I always worry about.
After I posted my forth stuffie’s photo, I got a nice message on facebook from Shaunna. I was looking at the stuffie and her facebook profile photo and realized the stuffie looked just like the white fur around her hood. It was soooo cute! I couldn’t figure out how to get her photo here, but I found another one and Joseph is in it too!
Eskimo Alaskan Stuffie
Shaunna's hood looks like Eskimo Stuffie
Click on “My Etsy Shop” (on blogroll) to see more Alaskan Stuffies!
Hi! Today I moved into a larger size booth at Alaska HomeCrafters Emporium (my store I share with other artists & crafters), with the help of my wonderful husband. I moved to the back of the store in preparation to teach locker hooking and crochet classes this fall. It’s a larger, more open room just perfect for two tables right next to my booth. I’ve been back in this area a long time ago when I used to teach, but this is my dream come true “booth”. It’s perfect! Not too big, not too small, but just right! I’m taking a risk because my rent has increased, but in order to grow my business, I have to have a larger area to sell more product. So……wish me luck! Jake and I only had a short time to move everything from one side of the store to the other side and then set it up a little, but I’ll come back later and fill it in and make it pretty. I’m very excited! Diane who is the owner of HomeCrafters said I might even be in a short commercial, just locker hooking away. Maybe. But what a great boost for my classes!
The selves are a little bare