43rd Annual Christmas Show and Sale (2015)
About Our Members
Below are biographies and specific examples of some of the members who participated in this year's show. Click on any of the images for a larger picture.
- Sandra Dickau
- Marianne Fassett
- Ken Hall
- Dorothy Hayes
- Joyce LaPorte
- Kay Mariotti
- Jean McGrath
- Chris Wagner
Sandra Dickau from Lebanon, New Hampshire has been a member of LACA for the past seven years. Her crafts include: decorative painting, locker hooking, needle felting, and sewing fabric.
She started crafting nearly 30 years ago after taking a course in tole painting which inspired her to paint – in her words – “everything.” Eventually she expanded her skills to include fiber arts (needle felting and locker hooking) in order to express her inner creativity.
This creative side is often fueled by natural elements like the mountains or cloud formations and the feeling of accomplishment that is found through designing, creating, and finishing a product.
Sandra demonstrated locker hooking at this year's Christmas Show and Sale.
Marianne Fassett from Enfield, New Hampshire, enjoys miniaturized crafting techniques and says she has found her niche with quilling.
Quilling, as Marianne writes on her website
(http://quillingbymarianne.com) “is the art of curling and bending paper to make designs.” Marianne tells us that “nature, such as birds, butterflies, flowers, and animals” are her favorite subjects.
She shares her knowledge of quilling throughout New England and demonstrated quilling at this year's show.
Marianne, a member of the North American Quilling Guild, received her NAQG accreditation in May 2012. This accreditation means that (among other criteria) her work meets the high standards established by the NAQG so consumers are guaranteed to purchase or receive high quality products.
Ken Hall from Unity, New Hampshire, has been a member of LACA since 1979. He says that he started woodworking as a way to make extra money and as people asked for more items, he kept making them. During that time Ken has produced some of the most durable wood crafts that one can buy, ranging from wooden Christmas ornaments to carved signs to birdhouses to children’s tables and chairs. He also frequently donates large items to our annual raffle like the Adirondack chair in this year’s raffle.
Most recently, one of Ken’s baskets was featured in the Library Arts Center’s WOOD exhibit this summer. Baskets in different sizes are available for purchase at our show.
Dorothy Hayes from Quechee, Vermont, has been a member of LACA for 15 years. Crafting has been a lifelong endeavor and a way to keep busy throughout her life. She produces mainly sewn items, like Christmas ornaments, household decor, kitchen/dining tableware, small purses. She also knits hats, scarves, and booties for small children.
She is inspired by the smallest things that she sees in her daily life and by “talking to other crafters and hearing their enthusiasm.” This inspiration means that fans of her work see new craft products each year.
For the aspiring or experienced crafters, Dorothy encourages all to ask questions and learn from peers to cultivate inspiration and to continually improve their products and displays.
Joyce LaPorte from Newport, New Hampshire has been a LACA member for about seven years. Her lifelong experience with crafting and beaded jewelry became more serious in 1997 when she started doing craft shows.
She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind items like these that one can find our show: beaded jewelry (necklaces, barrettes, chokers, etc.), key fob key chains, headbands, tea cup bird feeders, and cat toys.
Kay Mariotti from White River Junction, Vermont, has been an LACA member since 1976. At an early age her mother taught her how to crochet and she has been using this skill ever since to make baby clothes, hats, and snowmen. What Kay is best known for are her bears, which are a favorite at our shows. Each bear, Kay says, “have their own personality and are so much fun to make.”
When not making products for craft shows, Kay uses her skill to make bears and dolls for the Dartmouth Hockey Team’s Christmas toy drive to support CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth).
Kay will demonstrate how to crochet bears on Tuesday, December 15 at 1 p.m.
Jean McGrath, a retired wife, mother of three, grandmother of six, from Hartford, Vermont, has been an LACA member for 26 years.
She started selling her crafts thanks to family and friends who expressed an interest in her creations and over time has expanded her repertoire to include: tote bags, purses, country berry arrangements, catnip bags, Christmas stockings, and pre-decorated quart jars (perfect for filling with your favorite cookie or soup recipe ingredients and giving as a gift), soy candles, and more.
Jean likes knowing that her handmade crafts make others happy.
Chris Wagner from West Windsor, Vermont, has been a LACA member for the last seven years.
Her crafts, taught to her by her Italian grandmother, include: knitting, fine thread crochet, and general crafting.
The look and feel of the fibers she chooses for each product is her inspires her to create some of the new items that people will see at the show this year: cards with tatted designs, linen and stitch cotton bookmarks, and tatted ornaments.
Chris encourages all crafters to make what you enjoy and to keep learning in your chosen craft and in other crafts that you are curious about.