The fall craft fair and fiber festival season is here! I can't wait to go to Rhinebeck next month. I'm working on a Rhinebeck sweater, but other than that I haven't thought a whole lot about October yet. There's so much happening this month that I need to focus on before I can wrap my head around next month. (I'm sure you know the feeling!)
Next Saturday, I'll be participating once again in Art Behind the Barn at my CSA, the Brookfield Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts. It's 8:00 am–1:00 pm, Saturday, September 20, at 24 Hulst Road (off Bay Road in South Amherst, just east of South East Street).
Art Behind the Barn features handmade items by farm shareholders—everything from greeting cards to jewelry to items for the home. We set up our tables under the lean-to behind the barn, and the event happens rain or shine.
I'll be selling my embroidered lavender/chamomile sachets, linen/cotton bags, and Moleskin journal covers.
The bags are lined with contrasting fabrics and are the perfect size for small to medium knitting projects. And the journal covers can be used again and again—just put in a fresh notebook when you've filled the old one.
The following Saturday—September 27—I'll be teaching embroidery at Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse in Easthampton. You'll learn basic embroidery techniques as you stitch a simple design that you can use to make a sachet.
We usually don't have time during the two-hour class to sew the sachet, but you'll take home instructions for that—along with your own fragrant bag of chamomile and lavender. You don't need previous embroidery experience and all supplies are provided. Sign up at Knack.
Knack is located at Eastworks, a renovated mill in Easthampton, Massachusetts. After class—if you can manage to pry yourself away from Knack's amazing collection of upcycled crafting supplies (fabric, threads, paper, yarn, needles, paint, burlap bags, books, charms, etc. etc. etc.)—it's fun to explore the building. It's home to shops, artist lofts, yoga and ballet studios, my favorite hair salon (The Lift), restaurants, and more.
If you're in western Mass., I hope you can make it to Art Behind the Barn or Knack. Wherever you are, I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.