We’ve known Cheryl Netter for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). She is also a multi-talented craftswoman, meticulously creating dainty and very affordable Czech glass flower earrings and felted acorn earrings.
Aay Bravin grew up in a village in northern Thailand, a 1-hour walk from the border with Burma. Her grandmother taught her how to weave and crochet when she was young. Her family grew cotton and raised silkworms. They made all their own clothing and grew all their food. They had neither electricity nor phone service and without contact with the outside world, they had to be totally self-sufficient.
But now she is here in Boulder, where she enthusiastically continues to knit, crochet and weave and share the beauty of her creations. Her warm, snug-fitting fingerless gloves are both beautiful and practical, enabling easy phone use, writing and handwork. She also makes cozy slippers and hats!
Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these beautiful, warm socks in soft, washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns distinguished by lovely color blends. They feature reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men.
Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks! She’s also been knitting beautiful, cozy boot cuffs and leg warmers, perfect for the cold winter ahead.
Eve has been weaving for several years now, satisfying her fiber addiction and design aptitude by weaving distinctive scarves from unique and unusual natural-fiber yarns. She has designed many of her scarves to feature locally handspun and hand dyed yarns, often from local farms raising alpacas, llamas and sheep.
Eve enjoys working with materials that have a story. Some of her yarn is even from animals raised by Harlequin’s Gardens’ own custom propagator. Her collection includes soft, warm, one-of-a-kind scarves for both women and men, made on a small rigid heddle table loom.
Nationally acclaimed local fiber artist Annette Kennedy, widely known for her award-winning art quilts, turned her talents and her love of nature to making marvelous nature-printed silk scarves.
She uses leaves, flowers, buds, etc. from plants that she grows herself and forages, along with natural dye plant extracts, to create elegantly subtle, earthy, one-of-a-kind scarves that feel as luxurious as they look.
We are very excited to introduce a selection of Goddess Gear’s beautiful, practical, comfy women’s overalls in a variety of colors and sizes!
Since 1998, when designer Anna Elmore started Goddess Gear, her passion has been to create flattering, wearable styles that enhance the women of all sizes who wear them; all from natural, organic and sustainable materials, crafted by hand right here in Longmont, CO.
Anna remarks, “Goddess Gear is clothing that speaks to the essence of who our customers are; women of character, beauty, and vision. The styles are casual, yet contemporary, but never trendy. I design and produce my collections from sustainable, earth-friendly natural fibers such as organic and recycled cotton, organically grown linen, hemp, bamboo, and Tencel, and make them with respect for ethical business practices, for each of those who have a hand in crafting it, from seed to fiber to finished garment, and for the planet. Please join me in showing that sustainable is always in style!”
Eve discovered Pebble Art Jewelry when she was lured into their little shop by an arresting display of jewelry made from ancient Roman glass. This year Kate Head brings us wonderful pieces featuring fragments of 1200 year old Roman era glass from the Mediterranean region in gorgeous shades of blues, greens and iridescent pearl combined with modern styling, and at very reasonable prices.
She will also bring a variety of lovely pieces with semi-precious and other natural stones. Pebble is located at 7980 Niwot Road next door to the Niwot Market.
Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. This occurs as a result of stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, an example of thin-film optics. It’s also quite vivid and sparkly!
Renee MacDougall’s brilliant earrings and ornamented bobby pins are big favorites at our Holiday Markets.
Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year. Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina Lacey and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?
Christina says “Music has always been a big part of our lives. When we started Retuned, one of our goals was to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to us. The Blue Star Connection mission is to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges. We’re happy to say, with your help, we are able to help support Blue Star Connection.”
In her Denver studio, Sarah DeAngelo makes delicate and feminine jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, pearls and fine metals. Her expert wire-wrapping and metalworking create elegant settings for the stones, making her pieces luxurious-looking yet affordable.
Sondra joined us late in our 2015 holiday market and her fun, original hand-knitted and crocheted hats and headbands immediately set off a buying frenzy. I get compliments wherever I go in the fabulous feathery headband I bought, even from strangers on the street.
We’ve stocked up on her pieces again this year, including her soft, snuggly ‘mobius’ scarves, crocheted and felted hats and ornaments, as well as her beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards and botanical holiday tree ornaments.
Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here!
We’ve chosen three of our favorite designs in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts and the unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, a great natural fiber, durable and soft!
Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.
Inspired by science, nature and spirit, Tula Stone Jewelry is created in Longmont by artist Adriane Laws. Her designs feature simple, elegant wire creations, gemstones, etched copper and sterling.
We think Adriane’s design sense and impeccable craftsmanship are exceptional, and we’re delighted to introduce her distinctive, graceful and well-priced wire earrings and gemstone necklaces this year.