Bossy’s Feltworks is three friends/moms/islanders who have felted together since 2006. When we started our business, we were looking to enmesh work life, camaraderie, and a posse of small children. Working at the kitchen table, our “Bossy Days” were filled with wool, tea, snacks, and negotiations. Now, that posse of toddlers are one by one moving in or out of high school, and our menagerie of animals has grown... and grown! Luckily, we never entertained the notion that life would get any less busy as our children grew!
In fact, we're all working other vocations in addition to Bossy's Feltworks. Kari teaches 4th-6th graders at Salmonberry School on Orcas, a holistic school with multi-aged classrooms. Amy and her family have grown their farm into a valued island source for meat, cheese, produce and wool. In summer of 2019 they moved their farm to the Coffelt Farm Preserve in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank. Visit their website at www.lumfarmllc.org. Mandy is a musician and songwriter, leading music with island preschoolers through the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's "Pied Piper" program, and also touring with her trio Raising Hazel. Visit her music site at www.mandytroxel.com.
Over the years Bossy has surprised us in so many ways, bringing us craft shows, farmer’s markets, and workshops and settling us into our own studio just outside of town. The scene is familiar: piles of wool, cups of tea and lots of laughter. There’s a special nook in the studio where we’ve fitted a couch for our kids to snuggle down and read our own childhood stashes of comic books. Midway through our second decade of business, we’ve reassessed and reconfigured, delegated and organized, but we always have come around to this truth: there is no place we would rather be!
Who Is Bossy?
Bossy's Feltworks' namesake was a sheep owned by the Lum family, right as they began acquiring animals for their budding farm. She was smart, personable, and loved to show off her babies. She even ran for Mayor of Orcas Island. Yes, she was just a wee bit Bossy, but she was so much more.
Bossy died of old age in 2008 and was given a memorial service involving tulip-planting, greener-pasture cupcakes and a re-worded rendition of the song "Long May You Run".