Wishing You a Sweet New Year: Happy 2012!

Nothing says festive like hand-rolled pastry...

I use the "Deluxe Flaky Pastry" recipe from "Joy of Cooking" for my pie crusts.

Sprinkle with sugar for an extra-awesome New Year!

Wishing you and yours all the best in the New Year!

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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!

NEW for the League of NH Craftsmen’s Sunapee Fair: Embroidered Felt Hat with Antler Buttons

With just 5 days until the start of the 76th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair at Mt. Sunapee, I’ve been embroidering felt hats as fast as I can.

Hand-cut caribou antler button, seed beads and ribbon embroidery on felt.

Hand-cut caribou antler button, seed beads and ribbon embroidery on felt.

I love the over-sized caribou antler buttons on this hat (2008 #124)…

I’ll be in Tent 7, Booth 713 for all nine days of the Fair, with as much new work as I can muster!