Saturday, September 29, 2018

8th Annual Open House at Maria and Jon's Bedlam Farm October 6th and 7th

I am getting ready to deliver my wares to Maria in preparation for their outdoor gathering October 6th and 7th. I make designer wool pincushions, that are mostly stuffed with crushed walnut shell filling. Every year I feature different new designs, but also bring a large variety of the sorts of pincushions that I have made in the past. Here are samples of the sort that will be seen at Maria's sale:
A whole flock of silly little chicken pincushions.

This year's new Penny-rug style dog pincushions.

This year's new cat, snail (in memory of Maria's Socrates snail)
and bunny pincushions.

Traditional Penny-rug design pincushions.

Colorful Penny-rug style designed pincushions.

Felted Wool Owl Scissor-holder Chatelaines (necklaces so as to keep your
scissors handy).

Two-toned with Button old fashioned wool pincushions, all sizes.

Floral and other designed Penny-rug style pincushions.
The biscuit-shaped pincushions are what I call biscornu pincushions.

Needlebooks, eyeglass cases, coin purses and button purses.

Fruit pincushions including yellow pears, oranges, peach and lemons.

More fruit pincushions, including plums, apples, peaches and lemons.

Over-sized tomato pincushion and needle-book.

Over-sized pumpkin pincushion and needle-book.

Regular-sized pumpkin and Tomato pincushions.

Strawberry needle-books and pincushions and mini-tomatoes and
mini-pumpkin pincushions.

More two-toned and three-toned old fashioned pincushions and
 mini-corn candy pincushions.

Large and small owl pincushions.

 Flower-pot pincushions.

Penny-rug style pins and ornaments.

More pins and ornaments.

Everyone is invited to attend this Open House at  Bedlam Farm at 2502 State Route 22, Cambridge, NY from 11 AM to 4 PM. It is a free and fun event which will  include poetry readings, book signings, a preview of  Jon Katz's new book, Gus and Bud, to be published by Simon and Shuster.  Jon is a NY Times Best Selling author, so come meet him in person! His books will be for sale, along with other books by his friends and book signings are all part of the event. There will be sheep sheering, sheep herding demonstrations and a sale of art wares by eight different artists in Maria's schoolhouse studio. There will also be performances by the Albany Warriors Chorus Group as well as Sisters of the Shawl Belly Dancing. I will refer you to for more details.

The variety of designer pincushions you will see will include felted wool flower-pot pincushions, two-toned old-fashioned wool pincushions, various fruits and vegetable sorts of pincushions, as well as chicken and owl pincushions. What I am best known for are what I call "penny-rug" pincushions. These are colorful appliqued  felted- wool pincushions, embellished with embroidery, reminisce of early penny-rugs made in the 1800's. Other miscellaneous items, include felted wool coin purses, button bags, eyeglass cases and needle-books and owl chatelaine scissor holders. Know that whatever is left over from this sale will be featured later in my shop on Etsy (at Littlehousehomearts) This shop will be closed during this event at Bedlam Farm.

Besides my wares, there will be seven other artists' work displayed and on sale in Maria's school-house studio! All are welcome! It is a lovely way to spend part of your Columbus Day Weekend as you celebrate leaf peeping season in Upstate New York and Vermont!