Instagramming!

June 17, 2017
Long time, no post!

Although I never really took to Facebook, I have really enjoyed experimenting with Instagram. In the last couple of weeks, I have been posting images of my process, since it is always a bit mysterious to folks who see my work. Here’s the latest series showing how I make jacket fabric.
This is the wool I use to make a coat. In this case it is a 2/20 natural, Maine spun, 100% wool yarn.
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I then take 4 strands of the wool, and use a knitting machine to turn it into fabric.

After much noise and shoulder work, the fabric is ready for felting. Here it is fresh off the machine.

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Still more to come – felting it, steaming it, cutting and sewing it into a garment. There will be pictures of all that upcoming on my Instagram feed. Give it a go!

Man Vests!

March 14, 2016

Over the years a number of men have liked the vests I make for women and asked me to make one for them. It has been a fun and interesting challenge, and I have always had plans to add vests for men to the line.

This past fall, David saw my work at the Common Ground Country Fair and requested a vest that would be guitar player friendly. This meant leather buttons (non scratching), a leather yoke (no wear from a guitar strap), a vibrant purple silk lining (just because we could), and a custom sized interior pocket to hold a cell phone. Thanks to his patience, and willingness to come to the studio for a few fittings, I think it came out great. I’ve drafted the pattern and will now be putting them into production.
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Back of the vest showing the lamb suede yoke and wool/silk pinstripe fabric

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Flat shot on my messy work table showing the purple silk lining

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Dave sporting his new vest!

Time in Maine

February 14, 2016

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Hello, Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day.  Above is an image of one of my new shawls!  Generously sized, they can wrap over a coat or keep you warm at home.  Made of lambswool and hand-dyed merino wool, they feature a hand sewn silk binding.  Thanks to Simone who modeled this on a cold day on Casco Bay.

 

September 8, 2015

So far, so good.  Had a wonderful time at both the Halcyon Yarn Fiber Show and the Great Barrington Fair.  Lovely to meet new people in new areas.  Equally lovely is to spend a little time right here in Maine.  The next three events are in my own beautiful state.  First I will be at Laudholm Nature Crafts Fair in Wells for their fair and fundraiser this weekend, September 12 and 13.  This is a lovely show in a lovely setting.  If you plan to come, leave a little extra time so you can walk the trails at the nature center.  The fair runs from 10 – 4.

On September 25, 26, and 27, I’ll be at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.  This fair is a hopeful experience because of its focus on local food, sustainable living, and Maine community.  This year I’ll be in the big craft tent.  This is a very popular event, and you may want to check out alternative ways of getting to the fair – the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has ways you can park and pedal to the fair – always a good idea.  The fair runs from 9 – 6 except on Sunday when it closes at 5.

The first weekend of October, I’ll be joining the Maine Crafts Association Maine Craft Weekend.  On that day, many craftspeople in Maine will open their studios to visitors.  If you haven’t stopped by yet, please come and see my workspace at 868 Broadway in South Portland.  I promise to have it cleaned up by then!  I also hope to bring in some of Liz Hunter’s wonderful Nordic Rugs and Becky Wright’s pottery (both South Portland artisans) so you can meet their work as well.  The studio will be open from 10 – 5.

Hope to see you soon!  Jody

Show Season

July 18, 2015

Getting ready to hit the road to show and sell work.  First stop is Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME show. This wonderful grouping of Maine fiber artists is fun, free and fabulous.  We will be set up in the upper two floors of the same building that houses Halcyon’s wonderful yarn shop.  The show in on August 5, 1015, runs from 10 – 6, and features some of the best weavers, felters, knitters and designers in Maine.

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Next I will be venturing to a new show – Berkshire Crafts Fair.  This show has been running for 42 years, and supports the programming at Monument Mountain Regional High School.  There are a lot of terrific artisans who will be showing and I’m happy to be one of them.  The show is August 14, 15, and 16, from 10 – 5.  The venue is air-conditioned – helpful if you’re trying on wool goods!

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In September, I will be doing two shows in Maine:  Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival and Common Ground Country Fair.  Both shows are wonderful Maine experiences.  Laudholm takes place at the beautiful salt water farm that has become the Wells Reserve.  In addition to an outstanding crafts fair, there are beautiful trails to explore.  The fair is Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 from 10 – 4.  Common Ground is a total Maine experience.  It is MOFGA’s (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) annual fair and a time to learn about produce, environmental land stewardship, Maine made products, animal husbandry, fine Maine crafts and much more.  The three day show is September 25, 26, and 27 and runs from 9 – 6 (5 on Sunday).  Come and visit!

In October, I’ll be heading to New Jersey to try another new show, the Morristown Craft Market on October 16, 17 and 18.  In November, I’ve been asked to join the wonderful  Bradbury Mountain Arts Holiday Show, on November 21 and 22, and then back to New York for Crafts at the Cathedral on December 4, 5, and 6th.  More details about both shows to follow.  Happy traveling  everyone.  Hope to see you at one of these great shows!

Year of the Sheep!

March 9, 2015
I know….a very long time since posting! All is well at Hard Boiled Designs. It was a very busy season with two new successful shows – Common Ground Country Fair in September, and Crafts at the Cathedral in New York City in December. I continued showing in Bar Harbor and at Laudholm in Wells. Thanks to all new and continuing customers.

This coming year I am reaching out even farther – to shows in Massachusetts and New Jersey. We’ll see! Work at the studio continues to go well with new scarf designs, a new hat, new vest, and evolving jacket designs. My work continues to be available year round at Markings Gallery in Bath, Maine. It is really a lovely gallery with fine work from all over Maine. If you haven’t been there yet – it’s a great place for a day trip.

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Pillows!

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May 25, 2014
Something new! Thanks to Barbara Michelena’s prompting, I have been working up some pillows this season. You can see two at her wonderful gallery in Rockland, Maine (Craft Gallery – located on Elm Street) and soon to come at Markings Gallery in Bath.

More good news – I will be showing at Crafts in at the Cathedral at St. John the Divine in New York City this December. Yikes!

Spring, 2014

April 12, 2014

Just home from the State of Maine Button Show with new, old buttons to put on the garments. I’ve been working hard in the studio this past winter and developed two new vest designs, and a new jacket design that I will be showing this summer and fall at shows. The good news is that I am doing two NEW shows this year – MDI Maine Crafts Guild Directions Show that runs August 1 – 3 in Bar Harbor, and The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine from September 19 – 21. I will also return to Laudholm Farm Craft Show, September 6 and 7th. I’ll have more show announcements coming up.

End of the Show Season – December 10, 2013

Well, with the end of the SEA show, the flurry of sales has ended for this year. Thanks to all who came. If anyone is looking for my work, the two closest places are Corey and Company (a wonderful store with a wonderful owner!) on Pleasant Street in Portland, OR Markings Gallery (a fantastic all Maine artisan gallery) on Front Street in Bath.

I am happily working in the studio at 868 Broadway in South Portland, Maine. You are welcome to stop by the studio anytime. We’re working on getting a display space set up. Right now it’s more of a workroom (hidden message – it can be messy!), but you are welcome to come and see where I actually do my sewing. The fabric is still made and dyed at my house, so I work between both spaces. Best to give a call (761-9223) or an email (hardboileddesigns@gmail.com) if you plan on stopping by.

In the meantime, Happy winter and Happy Holidays to all. This has been a terrific year for me, and I’m truly grateful.

Jody

Getting Ready for Fall

August 17, 2013

Just home from the South Portland Buy Local Fair at Bug Light.  I was there with South Portland Ornamentalist, aka Karen Lewis, who has a new storefront in South Portland that features local artists.  I will be including some work there this fall, but in the meantime, check out her wonderful, tiny store – right across from CIA and down from Samaha’s store.

Laudholm Craft Fair is fast approaching – September 7th and 8th in Wells, Maine.  For the show, I’ve got a new vest design, new hats and some new scarves.  Here are a few photos to give you an idea.

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Hand Dyed Pieces

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A bit of new news.  I was just accepted into the Laudholm Farm Show this coming September.  I’m very pleased to be a part of that show and will add it to my upcoming events as soon as I have a bit more time.

Here are some projects that I’ve been working on.  They both include some new hand dyed yarn and hand dyed fabrics.  The first is a very RED scarf that is made out of gorgeous merino wool and silk yarn.  This yarn has a heathery look because the silk takes the dye differently from the wool.  I added a band of pieced strips – made from more than a dozen different hand dyed segments

 

 

 

This next scarf is much more subtle.  The fawn color is a beautiful heathered lambswool, and the orange squares are a hand dyed merino yarn.  The variation in the orange yarn makes the squares float a little, which I love.

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