Vermont North by Hand

Vermont autumn foliage

I love Vermont this time of year. If there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze me, it’s the colors of autumn foliage. I am guilty of driving at an irritatingly slow pace, staring out of my car window like I’ve never seen trees before.

Of course, I’m also guilty of cursing under my breath at people who do the same thing when they’re in front of me in traffic. Especially if I’m late for work.

The timing couldn’t be any better for a studio tour and Vermont North by Hand is doing just that this weekend, October 4 – 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The drive in this area is beautiful – I drove into East Topsham last weekend to buy paper from Richard Langdell, one of my favorite paper makers/masters. I make several trips a year out to his studio and showroom (which is truly drool-worthy). Richard’s studio is stop #13 on the tour and if you’re even remotely near the area and love paper, then you must make a visit.

As an added bonus, you get two artists for the price of one when you visit Langdell Paper. Stop #12 (at the same address) is Sarah Green, Richard’s wife and owner of Mountain Ash Design.  Sarah uses many vintage and repurposed fabrics in her work, which includes aprons, billfolds, quilts, and my personal favorite – pot holders. Only she calls them HotHolders™. She has the best slogan ever: Because you’re not the only thing in the kitchen that’s hot ™. Love it love it love it. Sarah is what I would refer to as a Beefcake Textile Specialist – meaning that she features fabrics printed with hunky men in her work. Who wouldn’t want a studly half-naked man in their kitchen? Well, now you can have that with Sarah’s work.

If you can’t make it to her studio during this weekend’s tour, you’re in luck – the Mountain Ash Design Etsy store is open for business.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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