General News

Virtual Shows in 2020

Central PA Festival of the Arts July 9-12

It's a wild and crazy 2020 for sure and many of us artists are experiencing cancellations of the very events at which we make our living - high end juried shows throughout the country.

Many event organizers are instead, hosting "virtual" shows which basically means they're updating their websites to include photos and links directly to our websites, where you can purchase our work online. Many of them do this anyways as part of marketing the show; some are also hosting musical and artist demo events during the "virtual show."

The Central PA Festival of the Arts is hosting a virtual show July 9-12. Please visit www.arts-festival.com to "attend" that show which I'm participating in.

Obviously it won't be nearly as much fun as meeting each of you and sharing my work with you individually, and talking about it, and inviting you to touch and try on each piece.

But, as the "next best thing," during this pandemic, I invite you to participate in this virtual show with me and purchase my work that way. We can talk via email and I'll be happy to answer your questions about fiber, texture, process, etc.

Right now, a few shows are planning (hoping) to go forward with physical events in September and October. These include the Crafts at Lyndhurst Tarrytown NY show, Fruitlands Museum show in Harvard MA and the Stowe Fall Foliage Crafts Festival in Stowe VT. I hope to see you there (fingers crossed).

Thank You for your support of me, and of the arts!

Posted: to General News on Sat, Jul 4, 2020
Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2020

Shows Cancelling Update

Hi friends,

I'm sorry to say that many fine art and craft shows throughout the country are cancelling, due to the virus sweeping our nation. Among these are the Paradise City Arts Festival, which was cancelled for next weekend. They plan to run it on June 12-14 but I will (hopefully) be in Columbus OH at a show that weekend.

If you were planning to attend Paradise City and would like to see more of my work, please email me at kathy@firecrowhandwovens.com and share what you're intersted in (scarves, shawls, ponchos, vests) and I will be happy to email you photos, of pieces you can purchase online.

Thank you for shopping online as a way to help artists survive these times while shows, the main sources of our income, continue to cancel for public health and safety reasons.

Thank you so much!

all the best,

Kathy Litchfield - owner, designer, weaver

Posted: to General News on Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2020

From Grit to Glory

Handmade Business Magazine Spotlighted Firecrow Handwovens

April 2019:

https://handmade-business.com/from-grit-to-glory/

Posted: to General News on Fri, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: Fri, Apr 19, 2019

5 Ways to Choose a Scarf - so you Feel Good Now!

color and texture matter

Five Ways to Choose a Scarf – so you Feel Great Now

  1. Choose colors that highlight your eyes – ex. hazel eyes look great with earth toned scarves
  2. Choose colors that highlight your hair – ex. dark hair looks great with jewel tones and richer colors; blond hair looks great with pastels and lighter shades
  3. Choose textures that share an aspect of your personality – bold, courageous, subtle or sexy
  4. Choose colors that go with your wardrobe so that it will match several outfits/coats
  5. Go wild and crazy, and choose something totally different from what’s in your closet to shake up your wardrobe!

Did you recently buy a scarf, shawl or poncho? what choice did you make, and why?

Posted: to General News on Wed, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Aromatherapy Herbal Pillows with Handwoven Fabric on TV-22’s Mass Appeal

Weaver Kathy Litchfield showed how to make herbal pillows and sachets with handwoven fabric scraps. Shown above is one in overshot and the other in deflected doubleweave.

Posted: to General News on Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Updated: Fri, Apr 14, 2017

TV-22 MassAppeal Host Seth Stuttman learns to Weave

TV-22 MassAppeal Host Seth Stuttman learns to weave on a four-harness floor loom with weaver Kathy Litchfield demonstrating  how to make cloth.

 

Posted: to General News on Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Updated: Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Dressing a Loom on MassAppeal

Host Lauren Zenzie talks with Kathy about how to dress a loom for weaving and Kathy demonstrates.

Posted: to General News on Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Updated: Mon, Jan 23, 2017

TV-22 MassAppeal Twisting Scarf Fringes

Kathy demonstrates how to hand twist the fringes on handwoven scarves to help them last a long time looking great.

http://wwlp.com/2016/12/14/make-your-scarves-last-a-lifetime-with-this-simple-trick/

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – It’s getting cold outside, which means we need winter gloves and scarves, to keep us not only warm, but fashionable too! Kathy Litchfield with Firecrow Handwovens showed us how to make our scarves last a lifetime!

Posted: to General News on Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Updated: Thu, Jan 19, 2017

"Here in Hanover" Magazine feature

League of NH Craftsmen Hanover Gallery featured

Here in Hanover" Magazine published a wonderful article about the League of NH Craftsmen, " signature of excellence" in their Winter 2016 issue. I'm one of several artists featured in their Hanover gallery at a special exhibit in Sept/Oct 2016. Read it here:

http://www.hereinhanover.com/2016/11/15/127632/in-this-issue-winter-2016

Posted: to General News on Tue, Nov 22, 2016
Updated: Tue, Nov 22, 2016

TV-22 Mass Appeal Thanksgiving Table Settings

Host Lauren Zenzie talks with Kathy about her handwoven cotton napkins and table runners with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner.

http://wwlp.com/2016/11/16/thanksgiving-place-settings/

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Thanksgiving is around the corner, and if you’re in need of place settings and centerpieces, we have a solution for you! Kathy Litchfield with Firecrow Handwovens talked about place settings, table runners, and other decorations for your Thanksgiving feast!

Posted: to General News on Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Updated: Thu, Jan 19, 2017

TV-22 Mass Appeal Ponchos are Back in Style

Host Lauren talks with Kathy about handwoven ponchos, how to wear them and different styles available.

http://wwlp.com/2016/10/19/ponchos-are-back-in-style/

Posted: to General News on Thu, Nov 3, 2016
Updated: Thu, Nov 3, 2016

TV-22 Mass Appeal Handwoven Kitchen Cloths

Kathy demonstrates hand hemming handwoven kitchen cloths

http://wwlp.com/2016/09/14/hand-woven-decorative-towels/?cid=facebook_Mass_Appeal_on_WWLP

Posted: to General News on Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Updated: Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Art Beat: A life alive with color

by Trish Crapo, Greenfield Recorder

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
(Published in print: Thursday, February 18, 2016)

Turning onto Bascom Road off Lampblack Road in Greenfield and winding your way down the curving road into Gill is like driving back in time.

The narrow road, tunneled with trees, opens surprisingly into a broad expanse where two traditional New England farmhouses with barns, fields and pastures sit diagonally across the road from each other. At the second farm, two donkeys gaze with curiosity over the fence, while cattle search for grass under the snow with their noses.

People sometimes call the area “The Hidden Valley,” says weaver Kathy Litchfield, who lives and works in one of the farmhouses in Bascom Hollow. She and her husband, Ivan Ussach, work together with two other families to raise vegetables, cattle, pigs and chickens. And when she’s not doing farm chores, Litchfield is in her second- floor studio carrying on the centuries-old tradition of weaving clothing and kitchen linens by hand on wooden looms.

Litchfield first encountered weaving as a nine-year-old girl on a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village. She fell in love, she says.

Full Article HERE

Posted: to General News on Thu, Feb 18, 2016
Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Kathy interviewed on WHMP

Kathy was invited to talk about doing what you love and making a living from it on Ira Bryck’s WHMP radio show, Saturday, March 14, 2015. It was fun!

Here’s the link:  http://www.whmp.com/podcasts/western-mass-business-show-3-14-15/

Posted: to General News on Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival

In October 2013, I helped to promote the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival.

Watch the show clip here: http://www.wwlp.com/mass-appeal/how-to-wear-a-scarf-or-shawl

Posted: to General News on Wed, Oct 2, 2013
Updated: Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Kathy on MassAppeal

Watch Kathy teach TV-22 Host Seth Stuttman how to weave (not “knit”) a scarf on the loom! January 25, 2013 appearance on TV-22 News!

 http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/mass_appeal/design/knitting-a-scarf-on-a-loom

Posted: to General News on Fri, Jan 25, 2013
Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013


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