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!

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11 thoughts on “New Embroidery Design for Felt Hats: Mandala of French Knots

  1. i love your site, your blog, your beautiful hats and your blog posts! It is a visual pleasure to scroll through your site and blog and it inspires me. I am in Boston and I would love to see your hats. I will try to get by the Fat Hat co. in Queechee when I go up to VT. I love that store…I am in class with you and will “see” you later…Deb Putnoi

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    • Thanks so much, Deb!

      Your comment reminds me to get in touch with Fat Hat ASAP to see what they might need for fall. I imagine they are out, but it’s always worth a visit to that store, anyway.

      I WILL be participating in NH Open Doors over Veteran’s Day weekend this year. Lots more info to follow… stay tuned!

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    • Thanks, Alyson! I bet my hats would love you, too! And you could certainly use a nice warm hat there in the Rockies, eh?

      I wonder why we (the League of NH Craftsmen) haven’t had you out for a workshop, yet? I think I need to help you organize your NE tour, Alyson…

      Thanks for the feedback on my photos. I’m thinking about doing some sort of licensing with them (cards? posters mounted on foam core? Deck of cards?

      So many ideas, it’s hard to know which way to turn first, sometimes… 😉

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  2. Carrie: I love your site. But most of all, I love your hats. They are incredibly beautiful. And without a doubt, you win the award for best photo images of products online. I literally can feel the wool. Congrats to you. See you in class.

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  3. Carrie, the work you have is amazing! Love the close up shots that show a lot of detail of the fiber, and the intricate work. I can almost reach out and touch them on the screen. Your site(and your design work) is a great inspiration to me!

    Keith

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    • Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Keith. I’m hoping to convey the tactile nature of my textile work, so I’m glad to hear that’s coming through… Much obliged!

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    • Well, that just makes my day, Janice… thank you!

      I do get up to the Ottawa area occasionally to connect with family there… perhaps we could meet up? I’d be so great to see your studio & paintings in person.

      (Hmmm… I reckon it’s time to renew my passports, now that the US has tightened up the northern border… *note to self*)

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