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I like to think of Wool and Goods as a bit like Disney World for fiber artists.  First of all you can’t do anything wrong and we always have lots of fun, creativity and laughs.  We want our customers to be inspired by colors, textures , patterns and the constant exchange of ideas.  I love to teach beginners in the art of rug hooking, Russian punch needle and penny rugs with Oxford Punch Rug Hooking being added to our class list this summer.  I also invite various teachers to come and teach class at the shop to broaden our horizons and teach us all to create outside the box. 

When I was in 7thgrade I had a history assignment to make something depicting the Colonial days.  Well my dad cut out a wooden sign for me similar to what one might see hanging outside a shop back in those days.  I stained my sign(“ to make it old looking”) and painted a motif in the middle, the sign was for a thread and needle shop.  Well 43 years later here we are thread, needles and lots of wool.  My mom taught me the love of stitching, knitting, quilting and crocheting.  However I taught her rug hooking, mom had bought a kit and tried it  but “it made a mess”.  So the kit came home with me to Maine, I finished it and a new hooker was born! (rug hooker)  I immediately began looking for rug hooking teachers and was blessed to find Jackye Hansen.  I hooked with Jackye for years until my job moved me to northern Maine.  When I then moved to the southern end of the state I began to hook with Jan Seavey for a few years in the same mill my shop is now located.   I attended three day workshops with Patsy Becker, Diane Stoffel, Jane Hester and Karen Kahle.  All incredible artists who have taught me so much.  I love to share what I know and learn from others, that is what goes on at Wool and Goods.

I would like to especially mention Patsy Becker or Patsy “B” as she was known.  I spent a lot of time in Orleans  MA on Cape Cod, my good fortune was that Patsy lived there.  It was such a treat to stop at her house and not only admire her finished work but to purchase one of her patterns and her incredible over dye wools.  I also attended a few classes at her home, sitting out back on the patio in nice weather.  Patsy’s health declined and she made the decision to sell her commercial rug pattern business.  I received a call one day regarding the pattern business, so I went down to the Cape a few times with my business partner at the time Raeleen.  Patsy offered the business to Wool and Goods after hours of visiting , looking at photos and discussions.  She shared with us why she picked Wool and Goods.  Please keep posted as I  with the help of her beloved “Wednesday Girls” try our best to share information about Patsy and her legacy over the next few months. 

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