Visit CCM Hats at the 2016 LNHC Fair

Hey, what are you up to next Saturday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 14?

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The LNHC Fair is the oldest in the nation, 83 years & still going strong!

Please allow me to tempt you to visit scenic Newbury, New Hampshire for 9 days of mingling with most beautiful, functional, locally-made fine craft along with the folks who make it…

NH fiber artist, Laura Chowanski at the 74th LNHC Fair, sporting her 2nd CCM felt hat!

Imagine, if you will: 8 big white tents nestled along the slopes of beautiful Mount Sunapee, full to bursting with the handmade work of over 200 League of NH Craftsmen juried in wood, clay, glass, metal & fiber.

Plus! You can enjoy hands-on workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, tours, a sculpture garden, live music and even ride the ski lift for a spectacular view of the surrounding Lakes Region.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan takes a ride on the chair lift at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH during the Annual Craftsmen's Fair.

I love the view of the Lakes Region from the lift!

I am honored once again to share my Heirloom Handknit Hats with fairgoers who visit Tent 8, Booth 808 at the 2016 LNHC Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. I’ll be there 10am – 5pm, rain or shine… I hope you’ll come say hello!

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Mark your calendar: the LNHC Fair begins the 1st Saturday of August every year!

 

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!)