FIBER AND LEATHER
Swittens- Handmade mittens from sweaters.
Wool sweaters are felted, cut, matched and sewn into unique mittens. No two pairs are alike. Fleece lined for extra warmth and softness. Functional, original and repurposed; giving old sweaters a new look.
Necessity as they say is the mother of invention. My work sewing home fashions, looking for bargains, generated a way to afford lovely things to make my family home welcoming, comfortable, inviting, and esthetically pleasing. I learned to sew from my Aunt Rena when I was only 9 years old. The craft resonated and developed from there. I have a passion to create and change things up all the time!
With this line of home fashion décor, I use repurposed fabric from discarded designer samples that would have otherwise been tossed in the trash. Subsequently you will not find them anywhere else, they are all one of a kind!
Having grown up in the Midwest, I had an opportunity and good fortune to fall in love with Vermont 35 years ago! Now, I am in Waitsfield, Vermont, a part of the beautiful Mad River Valley! Again fortunate, this is where I call home, and continue to create and develop my passion to create lovely things for the home.
Since childhood I've been messing with yarn--my current play involves spinning, dyeing, felting and knitting. Come and touch my work!
Felted Nesting Bowls Toys and Hand Knitted Infinity Scarves
Unique Christmas stockings crafted from upcycled thrift-store sweaters. One of a kind, size is determined by the size of the sweater. Whenever possible, sweater's embellishments are recycled.
Hand Knitted mittens and hand warmers.
13 years ago my Wife gave me a Home-T-shirt screen-printing kit. It consisted of a silk screen, a squeegee, a pint of black ink and a short instructional book. The book suggested that simple prints could be produced using hand-cut stencils. Sounded simple and off I went. “CHEESE” was my first print. It was a hit among my friends and co-workers. Having heard that I was printing t-shirts from home a couple of friends of mine, Paul and Kate of High-Ledge Farm, penned the phrase “EAT MORE KALE” when they special ordered two shirts from me for themselves. I must admit, I gave the design very little thought. I drew the letters and cut the stencil in less than 20 minutes. I printed their shirts and delivered them at the next farmer’s market. The idea became “viral” before people knew what “viral” was, then quickly spread to all corners of the world.
My work is based on color and texture. Color is a basic instinct for me…something I have relied upon to lift my spirits and tickle my imagination….color musing. It is my joy to make up my color palette whether through threads, dyes, or paints. Then I let the color move me through the form. Texture is necessary, something to pass my hand over …yes, to feel.
My chenille scarves are color play for me but with a sensuous hand, so cozy to wear. My hand painted silk scarves are bold adventures of what dye can do in fibers as it spreads and mingles. I’ve developed a technique which absorbs the dye and patterns to pass along to the following silks. This can create some surprising and exciting effects, keeping my interest keyed for further experimentation. Silks are a quick watercolor, a sketch without the use of an eraser, but it suits my pace.
Hand Crocheted Baby Booties
The High Heeled Hooker
Judith Osler Phillips grew up in NYC and learned about crafts from her Mother and art from her Father. After a full international career as a high fashion photographic model and a pre-med student at NYU, she married a Vermonter and moved there. She met her husband’s aunt, who was a highly respected and very talented rug hooker. Seeing her hooked rugs with exceptional color and design lit a fire for her. She pursued rug hooking with great passion from that moment on! Judith gathered wool from every source she could…thrift shops a few wool stores, to the shirts off her Father’s back (Pendleton), quickly becoming a bag lady and hoarder with all these wonderful finds. She joined the local hooking group, which was particularly lucky, because it was founded by the owner of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking School, Anne Ashworth. She later took many courses there, where she learned different styles of rug design and color planning. Judith went on to teach a popular course at GMRHS and other rug schools throughout the US for a number of years Having developed her unique and colorful style of hooking, Judith has displayed rugs in countless exhibitions. They are sought after treasures.
I grew up in a home where many of our clothes were hand made. Learning to sew was like learning to tie your shoes. My mother, a seamstress and mom of 7 was always busy with custom sewing and alterations at home, as well as the many items that she made for the family. There were sometimes bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses hanging in her sewing room in various stages of completion.
I started making hats in 1994 and have been making them in my Lincoln Vermont home ever since. My home is my studio. Each hat is individually cut (on my kitchen table). I work out of a small sewing room bristling with feathers, fur and shiny things. My basement serves as storage, piled with bolts of fabric and tubs of velvet and hats cut and ready to be stitched.
I am a lover of textiles and shiny things. This is reflected in my hats. I haunt yard sales, rummage sales and EBay in search of glitz for my hats. I'm always looking for new materials to incorporate in my hats. Many of my hats are one of a kind, embellished with velvet, woven trims, gimp, fringe, buttons, feathers, and vintage jewelry.
My hats are my own designs and made by me. The hats continue to evolve and incorporate different materials. I'm inspired by Edwardian, Victorian and retro hats. I've tried to take the romance of those hats and create hats that are more functional for this time period
Neysa Russo resides in Bradford, Vermont where she hand felts wool to create beautiful and functional rugs and home décor tapestries. Inspiration for designs is derived from a passion for antique tapestries, fabric remnants and rugs. Composition and color schemes are planned from years of experience designing needlepoint canvases and the terrific color palette is from Harrisville Mill in New Hampshire. All felt is handmade and created using wool from Vermont and New Hampshire, a variety of sheep breeds, and a combination of wet felting and needle felting techniques.
Salaam…an international word for peace… a beautiful line of comfortable, versatile clothing that fits every body. .Salaam’s signature is our hand-selected European fabrics in a large variety of stunning prints and bold solids. Salaam clothing is appreciated by anyone who has an eye for fashion and comfort.
Andrea Miksic, designer and owner of Salaam, has been tireless in her drive to create clothing that flatters a real woman’s body. She instinctively knows what woman want. From her travels worlwide, she takes her inspiration from vintage patterns, transposing them into flattering clothing in vibrant colors. She started by designing clothing for local dance troupes, creating visually stunning clothing that moved with a dancer’s body. This understanding has allowed for a line of clothing that has created a cult like following.
It is with that original concept that she has grown her line to be one of the most exciting and flattering lines of woman’s clothing on the market today. Andrea continues to work out of a converted barn on her property in Plainfield, Vermont with her “close knit” family of employees. Designing all of the clothing in Plainfield, the fabric is then sent to New York, where it is proudly sewn and made in the USA.
Hand Embossed Velvet Products
The embossing is achieved by using heat and rubber or polymer stamps – it’s a very interesting technique which takes a lot of patience (and trial and error!). I like to explore with many different designs, from cats and dogs to checkerboards – sometimes it’s the wildest ideas that work the best! Each piece is unique because it is individually hand-embossed and sewn. I currently produce scarves, pillows and holiday stockings in 21 different colors – a little something for everyone! The scarves are particularly warm and cozy, especially on those cold New England days! I am constantly developing my technique and designs and look forward to growing in my craft over the next few years. It’s my creative outlet which allows me to rejuvenate in the midst of “real” life!
Janet Garrow and Jane Nutting
Twins raised on a dairy farm in Elmore, Vermont. Jane and Janet design and hand-tool genuine Chahin skirting leather exquisitely finished with fine oils and decorated sleigh bells.