Heartfelt Thanks for Another Crafty Year

This Saturday was my final Crafternoon of 2011. The halls of the library were decked, and it was a very jolly celebration of the season.

I was happy to have both my mom and my mom-in-law in attendance for the handsewn festivities.

Brett Bara expertly guided us along the day’s crafty path. She exudes positive energy, and has loads of sewing expertise, and she lead our group on a rewarding and heartfelt felt adventure.

Lots of sweet ornaments were made to hang on many lucky trees.

And the sewn bowls, modified from Brett’s book Sewing in a Straight Line, were a huge hit. This clever crafter sewed one bowl inside another, creating a petal effect.

That sumptuous white felt was provided by OhMa Felt, which is the best felt I’ve ever used. (I cannot recommend it highly enough – the stunning colors and thick wool/rayon blend are head and shoulders above standard craft store felt.) The bowls would be the perfect thing to fill with peppermint candies and leave out for Santa Claus. Visions of sugar plums most definitely danced in my head on Saturday evening.

Many thanks to all of the crafty guests we’ve had this year. Thanks also to our fantastic volunteers, Pam Madden and Leigh Hurwitz. Thanks to the amazing New York Public Library for welcoming us into their hallowed halls, and thanks to the talents of the wonderful librarian Jessica Pigza who makes it all happen. It’s been another wonderful year of crafting, and I’m looking forward to an equally inspiring 2012!

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