New Freehand Embroidery: Red-Hot Blues French-Knot Mandala

New Freehand Embroidery: Red-hot Blues French-knot Mandala

The 78th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair begins in less than two weeks, so I’m in embroidery overdrive.

Icy-hot french-knots (more than 150!) make up the bulk of this freehand embroidery.

I love the nubbly texture of this french-knot mandala design… it feels amazing to the touch! If you come by my booth in Tent 7, you can feel for yourself.

Silk & cotton hand-dyed yarns are doubled then knotted to form this freehand embroidery.

This is my newest design, and I’m planning on stitching a few more before the Fair opens on Saturday, August 6, 2011. It’s very meditative to build up the embroidery, knot by knot.

Each art-to-wear hat is signed, dated and numbered. "Red-hot Blues" is #65 in 2011.

There are so many amazingly talented craftsmen at this fair: from glass-blowers, to raku potters, to printmakers, to rug-braiders, and more. Not only can you meet these artists, you can also enjoy free daily craft demonstrations, and learn their secrets.

I hope you’ll be able to visit!

New French Knot Mandala Embroidery: Sunset Sorbet

In advance of the 78th League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair this August, I’m busy embroidering felt hats like crazy.

"Sunset Sorbet," a newly embroidered art-to-wear felt hat (#37 in 2011).

Although I love each of my creations, I’m particularly smitten with this warm embroidery, created primarily with french knots.

Detail of freehand embroidery on hand-knit felt hat.

If you’re in New Hampshire between August 6 – 14th, 2011, please visit me in Tent 7.

Detail of 2011 Felt Hat #37, "Sunset Sorbet".

I’m looking forward to meeting the lucky person who’ll take this beauty home!

3 Days Left to Bid on a Toasty Warm Felt Hat & Support NHPTV

Just in time for hat season: New Hampshire Public Television is hosting its first ever Holiday Online Auction, for which I’m pleased to have donated this freehand embroidered felt hat:
Late Autumn Felt Hat with Mandala of French Knots Embroidery.

Detail of freehand embroidery on my felt hat donation to NHPTV's Holiday Auction.

Bidding on this fine felt beauty ends Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 7:09pm EST, so don’t wait… you could get a great deal on a great hat, all the while supporting a great public service.

Brrrr… winter’s coming! Don’t delay… bid today!