Throwback Thursday: Good Times at the 2008 LNHC Fair

Each August, you’ll find amazing, beautiful, handmade crafts at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair: works of clay, blown glass, fiber art, jewelry in silver, jewelry in gold, fine woodwork and so much more.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Laura Chowanski, Kristin Kennedy, Deirdre Donnelly & Natalie Blake at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

My amazingly talented LNHC peers, at the 2008 Craftsmen’s Fair.

What’s more, you can attend daily live craft demonstrations throughout the 10-day fair. You can even sign up for a workshop to create your own.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Laura Chowanski, Kristin Kennedy, Deirdre Donnelly & Natalie Blake at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

Besides being talented & lovely, these women were a joy to spend 10 days with!

Best of all, fair-goers have the chance to personally meet the makers & artisans themselves, ask questions & learn about their techniques, inspirations & personal stories.

League of NH Craftsmen artists, from L-R: Deirdre Donnelly, Laura Chowanski, Carrie Cahill Mulligan, Natalie Blake & Kristin Kennedy at the 2008 Craftsmen's Fair, Newbury, New Hampshire.

It’s the wonderful craftsmen who make the League Fair such fun!

In my 11 years as a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, without a doubt, it is the fine crafts folks who make this excellent fair as fun as it is.

This year, I’ll be in Tent 7, Booth 708. I hope you’ll join me and visit the Mount Sunapee Resort from August 2-10, 2014 for the 81st Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.

Collaborative Art-to-Wear: CCM Felt Hat with Jane Kaufmann Raku Button

One of the things I love about being a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is getting to know so many talented artists in every media: not just fiber, but wood, metal, leather, photography, paper, glass, and clay.

Jane Kaufmann raku landscape button adorns an orange knit felt hat by Carrie Cahill Mulligan, of Canaan, New Hampshire.

Detail of Jane Kaufmann Raku Button on CCM felt hat #153 of 2008.

I met Jane Kaufmann while volunteering during NHPTV’s Spring Auction some years ago. Jane is a cheerful, easy-going potter, with a great sense of humor.

We got along like a house afire! Jane admired my ability to knit without looking while we answered the pledge phones. I told her all about my felt hats.

Jane Kaufmann Raku Button on Carrie Cahill Mulligan felt hat #153 of 2008.

I love the texture of Jane's work and how her sense of humor shines through the clay.

“I make raku pottery,” Jane told me. “Sometimes, when I’m firing, if I have a bit of extra clay, I’ll make some buttons. Just for fun, you know. I’ll send you some! Maybe you could use them on your hats…”

And so she did:

Jane Kaufmann Raku Buttons

Jane Kaufmann Raku Buttons.

And so I did!

CCM Felt Hat #153 of 2008, with Jane Kaufmann raku landscape button.

CCM Felt Hat #153 of 2008, with Jane Kaufmann raku landscape button.

I’m delighted to have Jane’s button adorning this felt hat. It’s a miniature work of art on my fiber art-to-wear, a one-of-a-kind collaboration between craftsmen in the League that I’m so proud to belong to.

(Contact me if you’re interested in owning this hat. I’ve got gift certificates available, too!)

Latest Freehand Embroidery: Red-Hot Denim Blues Mandala

Recently, I was contacted by Gayle in Portland, Oregon, who’s ready for a new hat.

She loved the original Red-Hot Blues French-knot Mandala I embroidered last summer. But that hat found a new home with Gwen at the 2011 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair:

Gwen's New Felt Hat

Although not generally a “hat person”, Gwen’s blue eyes perfectly match her new felt hat.

I strive to create felt hats as unique as the wearer, so I didn’t want to re-create the exact same hat. Instead, Gayle selected several yarn colors she liked, and gave me her head-size measurements.

As luck would have it, I had a suitable hat, felted & ready for embroidering just waiting in my studio. And in between games at my 1st-ever coed hockey tournament this weekend, I was able to embroider it:

Red-Hot Denim Blues French-knot Mandala Felt Hat

Red-Hot Denim Blues French-knot Mandala Felt Hat (#114 of 2011).

Freehand French-knot Mandala Embroidery Detail

Macro detail of the 100+ french-knots in my new freehand mandala embroidery.

I’m so pleased with how this latest embroidery turned out. Now just cross your fingers that it fits Gayle, since she helped design it!