Introduce yourself and tell us about your handmade business.
My name is Sara Longworth. I live in Rutland, Vermont with my husband John and our Boston-Malt Terrier, Matteo. I have been crafting all my life, but started working as a full-time artist in 2012 when we moved to Vermont. I spend my time making torn paper collages and felted accessories. My felt work is what you find at the Craftland Show in 2014. I love to garden and that is why botanical themes often make their way into my felting projects, such as the potted cacti and toadstools.
Can you describe your studio?
My studio is in an extra bedroom in our house that doubles as our guestroom. Its a bright and cheery space. I work on a secretary’s desk that I painted when I was a teenager, and a folding table. My wool and tools fill the shelves on one wall, and I have started to decorate an inspiration wall with artwork from local artists.
The felted cacti look so real, can you explain how you make them so life-like?
From a distance people often mistake my felted torch cacti for the real thing. But instead of being prickly, they are oh-so soft to the touch! I get them to look like that by lightly felting a thin layer of yellow “fuzz” on the cacti to imitate the needles. But the best part about the felted cacti plants is that they don’t need water or sunshine! So they make a great gift for someone with a “brown thumb”, or for an officemate’s cubicle!
How did you become involved with Craftland?
A few years ago, when we lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, I made my crafts part time. I always heard about what a great place Craftland was, but never had the opportunity to check it out. When I started crafting full time, I decided I should apply. I am so excited to be a part of this year’s show! The work I’ve seen online so far from the other artists is just amazing!
Guilty pleasure you’d like to share?
I like to keep the TV on while I’m working, and I just love Let’s Make a Deal. It’s really corny, but I remember watching the original version whenever I was home sick from school as a child.