Winter Craft Markets at the Wentworth Greenhouses

Embroidering while chatting with visitors to the Wentworth Greenhouses.

Embroidering while chatting with visitors at the Wentworth Greenhouses.

Tomorrow will mark my 3rd appearance at the Winter Craft Market section of the Wentworth Greenhouses Winter Farmer’s Market in Rollinsford, NH.

(Although, technically, there are only fine crafts and no farmers tomorrow, as we are launching the 1st Annual Artisan Celebration & Fair, with extra artisans.)

I love meeting the people who love my embroidered felt hats!

I love meeting the people who love my embroidered felt hats!

I’ve got well over 75 finished hats, plus another 20 or so, awaiting your custom embroidery suggestions…

Finding just the right color hat can be a bit of a quest...

Finding just the right color hat can often be a bit of a quest…

With temperatures dipping into the single digits this weekend, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to an exquisitely practical felt hat.

Such great lighting in the new greenhouse... really shows off the hats!

Such great lighting in the new greenhouse… really shows off the hats!

If you’re within striking distance of the New Hampshire seacoast on Saturday, December 14 or 21, I hope you’ll visit or tell your friends. A stylish warm hat can really change your outlook on winter!

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Latest Freehand Embroidery – Teal & Blue 3 Flower Vine

People are awesome.

Upon hearing of Andy’s bicycle accident, Andrea decided to get some of her holiday shopping done early this year.

Knitted felt hat with freehand ribbon embroidery by Carrie Cahill Mulligan of Canaan, New Hampshire.

My signature freehand embroidery design, “Three Flower Vine” in teal & blue.

Andrea is one of my hockey buddies. Like me, she’s originally from Canada, but took up playing ice hockey as an adult.

Andrea’s Mom still lives in Ontario, so she’s sure to enjoy a toasty-warm felt hat. Knowing she loves blue, Andrea picked a plain teal hat with sky blue brim for her Mom.

French knots, split-stitch and lazy daisy stitches all contribute to the embroidery design.

French knots, split-stitch and lazy daisy embroidery stitches all contribute to the design.

Next, she looked through lots of different embroidery styles.

Andrea was tempted by the French-knot Mandala as well as the new Dragonfly embroidery. But eventually, she decided on the 3 Flower Vine pattern.

Stranding different yarns together before knotting adds flecks of color to the flower center.

Stranding different yarns together before knotting adds flecks of color to the flower center.

Design determined, Andrea then selected just the right embroidery yarns for flower petals & vines. All that was left to do was the actual stitching…

Add 3-4 hours of focused freehand embroidery, and viola! Custom-designed felt hat #27 of 2012 is complete, and one more holiday gift is ready for giving.

Hand-dyed ribbon yarns vary the tones of the lazy-daisy flower petals.

Hand-dyed ribbon yarns add variegated shine to the lazy-daisy flower petals. French-knots add texture.

If I can help design a fancy hat for you or someone special, I’d be delighted. Feel free to contact me. I’m honored to help make your holidays special.

My 2nd Dragonfly Embroidery

If you missed the recent green overhaul of my “Styles” page, then you wouldn’t have seen my newest dragonfly felt hat:

Felt Hat #8 of 2012 features my 2nd ever dragonfly embroidery.

I loved the complementary colors of the 1st dragonfly embroidery I made for Katie – blue-green embroidery on red felt – but didn’t want to copy it exactly. That’s Katie’s hat.

So I tried the inverse color scheme – red embroidery on green felt. I’m delighted with it!

My latest dragonfly embroidery features red ribbon wings & sunstone & agate beads.

The amazing thing about dragonflies (which I learned while gathering inspiration for the initial project), is that they come in such a wide range of colors.

I anticipate a variety of colorful dragonfly embroideries coming soon… Stay tuned!