Photographs for the book "Teach Yourself Visually: Quilting" by Sonja Hakala. (Photo by Geoff Hansen)

People have been creating cloth fabric since prehistoric times, and evidence suggests that even prehistoric people living tens of thousands of years ago may have been dying their fabric using coarse techniques. Over the years, advancements in the textile trade have resulted in the creation of beautiful natural and synthetic materials for use in, and these fabrics may be used for many different purposes. From quilting fabric, upholstering furnishings to making clothes, the right fabric can add considerable style as well as texture to an item.

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About Me
   Original article by Fran Kelso

Hunting with Jim
   Warren, Marshall Kim.  Personal Interview

Meet Roger and Mary dba Alaskan Metalsmiths
   Williams, Roger and Mary.  Personal Interview

Mountain Ash: The Tree With an Alias
   Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Indiana: Author House, 2011.

The Truth about Alaskan Ivory
   General information researched from several online sources; written by Fran Kelso.  
Information on Schreger lines from an "ivory ethics" page at www.Zealandia.com

 Mammoth Ivory Bear Pendant
   Information from Zealandia Designs, Boise, Idaho

New Twist to Bear-Baiting
   Thiessen, Mark. Associated Press. Toronto Star, August 14,2015.

What are Alaskan Attitudes?
   Kelso, Fran. Alaskan Attitudes. North Carolina:  Create Space, 2015.

Overrun with Dandelions?  Make Wine!
   Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Author House, 2011.

How to Eat a Dandelion
   Kelso, Fran. Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island. Author House, 20ll.

A Short History of Cribbage
   Kelso, Fran.  Original article researched from several internet sources.

A Selection of Weird Alaskan Laws
   From the website, www.dumblaws.com

Fine Russian Crafts:  Hand-Made, Hand-Painted Matryoshka dolls.
   Kelso, Fran.  Original article researched from several internet sources.
Bizarre Alaskan Stories
   Grass, Jonathan.  Taken from the article, "Woman Punches Bear to Save Dog."  
Juneau Empire:  August 30, 2011.

The Halibut and the Fisherman
   Kelso, Fran.  An original modification of an old folk tale.

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The day’s greetings, ladies and gentlemen!  Welcome to my blog.

I am Fran, known by some as the “itinerant peddler from Alaska.”  I’ve lived in Alaska for 47 years, over half my life, and I have an on-going love affair with this place.  Therefore, I’ll be doing a little “show and tell” on my site.  I’ll show you some of what I sell and tell you a few Alaskan stories.

I lived for 20 years in the small village of Ouzinkie, on Spruce Island, close to Kodiak Island.  While there, I built myself a house and got a job teaching adults in the village.  Besides teaching GED and some business classes, I started a group that we called “Plants Class.”  We studied, ate, and used wild, edible, and medicinal plants from our island.  We eventually published a book called “Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island.” I will be including articles on wild plants from time to time under the category called “Backwoods Botany.”

In 2011 I moved to the community of Gustavus, close to Juneau.  I might as well still be on an island, as the only way to get here is by boat or plane.  It is a fine place and full of interesting people.  I will be interviewing many of these folks for my blog, so stay tuned.

If you have a comment or question about a blog post, please submit it as I’d love to hear from you.  If you would like to buy something shown on this site you can order in one of two ways.  Go to my eBay store, The Peddler’s Pack, to order most items.  If you do not see the item or if you would prefer to order directly from me,  you may contact me at peddlerspackgifts at yahoo dot com, or you can call me at (907) 500-3279.  Please do not send payment information in an email.  Send me your phone number and a good time to call, and I will call you.

I hope you enjoy my blog and come back to visit often.  I’ll be adding new posts each week.

To visit my store, click on the eBay link at the top of this page.

P.S. Many of the pictures in my articles will enlarge if you click on them.