Meet Beatrice Perron Dahlen of Thread & Ladle! Our latest speaker in the Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series stopped by to share her story of creating her first book, Maine Knits.
Beatrice, who resides in southern Maine with her family, has designed knitwear patterns featured in Knitscene, Pom Pom Quarterly, Amirisu, Quince & Co. + many more. She is very active in the Maine knitting community and began to realize how many talented designers reside there. Ideas began to blossom about a book featuring those creators!
In early 2016, she began a Kickstarter campaign for the book and with an overwhelmingly great reception, it was funded! Launching an idea into the world can be nerve racking, but with the support of 546 people from all over the globe, she was doing it! Beatrice spent the next couple of months knitting, designing, and sending Kickstarter gifts to backers. Next came the photography and styling, all of which Beatrice did herself. The book not only features beautiful places in Maine, but also all of the yarns + designers are from her home state, too.
While every step of the way wasn’t always easy, she is thrilled with the end result. Along the way she took great joy in creative elements such as styling, photography + design. Beatrice looks forward to putting out another book in the future, so keep your eyes peeled.
Not only did Bea share her story of Maine Knits, but also a trunk show of the beautiful pieces featured in the book. All we can say is, WOW. Stop by the shop to pick up your signed copy of the book + cast on your favorite!
When Beatrice is not designing knitwear, she enjoys sharing time with her children + husband, as well as teaching handwork at her local Waldorf school. Thank you Beatrice for sharing your story with us!