Patricia Wendt learned to knit in Hawaii about 30
years ago. She began hand knitting, felting and blocking women’s
hats in September, 1995, which marked the beginning of her specialty
company, Chapeau du Jour. By January of 1998 she had designed and
made helmet-style hats with earflaps which gained her entrance into
the Crafted for Sport exhibit at the Fuller Museum of Art in
Brockton, Mass. in the summer of 1998. Pat has designed various cap
styles, some made from yarn she hand spun on the Navajo and drop
spindles as well as her two spinning wheels.
Hats made under the label of Chapeau du Jour have
been exhibited and sold at L.O.C.A.L. 14, Contemporary Craft
Gallery, Best of the Northwest, Carnegie Center Art Gallery,
Portland Audubon Wild Arts Festival, Art in the Burbs, Portland Hand
Weavers Guild and Larch Mountain Country Artisans.
There is the joy of taking a fleece from a sheep
and making something both attractive and functional, something that
gives one creative fulfillment, and something that will bring
pleasure and comfort to someone else.
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