“It wasn’t until two years ago that I started working with the wool, and that was transformative. I had this notion I could make hats differently. Working with the wool has become somewhat of an addiction and a bit of an obsession... Every time I go to make a piece of felt, I am learning something new — how each sheep breed's fiber performs, moves, holds up in a product.” Through connecting to growers and artisans in her regional fibershed, Carol Frechette is developing a new dimension of a craft she has honed for over three decades: the art of making hats. If we trace the tradition back through family lineage, hats have arguably been the family business since the 1890s, yet with her newest line, 2NFrom, @2NFromCarol brings a simple and modern mission to life: sustainably sourced, handcrafted accessories. Today on the blog, a tour of the 2NFrom studio on the Mendocino coast, and a peek into Carol's journey growing local supply chains, from sourcing Foxfibre Colorganic cotton by @vreseis to working wool into felt alongside @sheeptoshop.
Photography & blog article by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss, @koakalish