Studio Tour 2013

Rem Fest Booth
Goblins Market Booth at Remington Festival

Molly and I had a fabulous time at Remington Festival in Canton last weekend!  The weather was kind, the visitors were friendly and Molly’s pink hair looked wonderful with the Alchemy Scarves!

I will also be displaying my scarves, jewelry and other goodies during the St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s Studio Tour the weekend of November 9, 10 and 11.  More of Molly’s Moravian stars will be available, too.  And maybe we will even have a make-your-own-earrings table!

You will be able to find Goblins’ Market in the 2nd floor dance studio of Downtown Snell Hall in Potsdam.  You can visit this interactive map to find the building!  Click on the green circle numbered 2 over the town of Potsdam on the map.  Downtown Snell Hall is red number 1 on the pop up map.   I know that Sara Lynch, Isaac Snell & Radmilla Zuman  will also be showing and selling their work in the building.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find Jim Bullard and a few other pleasant surprises on site, also!

Molly at Rem Fest
Molly Burnett at Remington Festival

Since SLC Arts Council closed the Art Gallery & Shop in Potsdam, this may be your best opportunity to see my work and that of other local artists in person for holiday shopping season.  So save the dates!  Make a plan to get out and visit real live artists in November!


Beaded Beads!

Artisan Beadwoven Bead
Urchin Berry Large Hole Slider Bead
side view of large hole focal bead
Detail - Urchin Berry Beaded Bead side view

With all of the summertime hullabaloo here in The Hollow, I’ve had very little time or inclination to sit in front of the computer.  But I have made time to play with beads!

During my down time during the school break, I have been making pretty little beaded beads.  They are a great project size – I can finish one in a couple of hours – have plenty of embellishment potential and they fit nicely on my Pandora style bracelet with the beautiful lampwork beads my kids have bought for me as gifts.  (What can you give a mom who makes all her own scarves and jewelry?  Artisan Glass Beads!)

Beadwoven Large Hole Focal Bead
Copper Grey and Teal Zen Wheel

The beads are woven using 11o TOHOs in Right Angle Weave.  I used a pattern by South African artist, Heather Collin of studio 183 to get me started working on this scale.  Her Satellite beads and Sabine Ring patterns result in nice, sturdy structures that hold their shape and don’t leave a lot of exposed thread.  Once you have tried the basic patterns a few times, you can start embellishing on your own – making the beads bigger or wider and introducing different bead styles for embellishment.

I have two more going on my bead tray this weekend and loaded a bunch of them into my Etsy shop this morning.  You can find them in my Artisan Beads and Pins

Artisan Wide Hole Bead
Springtime Large Hole Beadwoven Focal Slider Bead

section.  Maybe I will even bring some to the Remington Arts Festival next month!  I’m even thinking of playing with this basic bead style and scaling it larger to become a scarf ring.










Back from Buyer Days

Display Unit Buyer Days 2013
The display unit Bry built for my scarves

The Buyer Days show in Saratoga Springs last week was a great learning experience.  I didn’t sell much but met some wonderful artisans & shop owners and found that there are a lot of things I need to prepare differently for my next trade show.

Alchemy scarves first layer of dye
Grainne sleeping on a forbidden bed






One major bonus of doing the show is that I now also have a lot of new inventory that needs to be photographed!  That feels a bit daunting but I recognize that it is a great opportunity to refresh my ArtFire shop.  I normally only produce work on this scale in the fall, when it flies out of galleries faster than I can photograph it!   During this slow season  I can afford to take some time to document my recent work and offer some ready-to-ship pieces online.  We are hoping for some warm weather tomorrow so maybe Molly will model for me outside.  The tool shed makes a great backdrop and I’m really excited about the Rustic scarves I made for the show.

Display unit with Scarves and Pin Kits
Alchemy Scarves, Felt Pins, Rustic Scarves

One thing I really need to have made up, besides working on this site, is a great brochure. I have so many different types of scarves that a price sheet just isn’t sufficient for sending home with people.  So as I get photos done, I will be adding complete descriptions for each of my scarf styles here  and posting ready to ship scarves in my ArtFire shop.  If you took a wholesale price sheet home from my booth and have come here seeking enlightenment about scarf styles, I promise that epiphanies will be available by mid-April!


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