New Embroidery Design for Felt Hats: Mandala of French Knots

New freehand embroidery, with variegated french knots in wool on felt.

New freehand embroidery, with variegated french knots in wool on felt.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit me at this year’s League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, you missed seeing my latest design: Mandala of French Knots.

According to Wikipedia:

Mandala [...] translates as ‘circle-circumference’ or ‘completion’ [...]
a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.”

That makes sense to me. I’ve been thinking a lot about Mom. And the circle of one year of grieving was completing just as this design was born.

Cool tones on black was the first incarnation of the new Mandala embroidery.

Cool tones on black was the first incarnation of the new Mandala embroidery.

Plus, it’s summer, my garden is booming and broccoli reminds me of french knots!

Hockey: The Best Grief Therapy $10 Can Buy

I’ve had a hard time of it since my Mom died in August.

It’s been hard to continue making hats, which was terrible timing, since autumn and the holidays are my busiest hat season.

Honestly, for a while there, it was hard just to get up and face the day.

Thank goodness for hockey!

Not only does it provide fantastic exercise, and much needed endorphins, but the singular focus of chasing that little black puck around and hitting it with a stick was pure bliss.

Nothing in my head for a whole hour but hockey! No room for grief. No room to feel sorry for myself. Just hockey.

For my money, it’s the best grief therapy around. I highly recommend it!

(That’s me in the yellow helmet, by the way…)