Sacramento Art Festival
10 am – 4 pm each day
Due to Covid-19 we’re not presenting the festival at Cal Expo this year, instead the show has moved online.
Join in video chats, watch art and craft demos and visit the artists’ studios.
To celebrate this new event everything on the website and in the studio will be
10% Off and Free Shipping
The prices listed on the website are the regular prices and do not reflect the discount.
Tess McGuire Hatmaker is based near Mendocino, in Northern CA.
Growing up in Switzerland, I loved knitting from an early age. Fortunately, I grew up in a culture that, to this day, values traditional crafts. In grade school, girls had to take many years of knitting, sewing, and embroidery lessons.
I discovered felting (or fulling, as the technical term for felting knitted garments is known), when I came across a felted hat at a yarn shop about twenty years ago. I became fascinated with the process that involves using hot water, soap, and friction to turn a loosely knitted fabric into a warm, solid, and virtually waterproof garment. I have been experimenting with different shapes and colors ever since.
After several years of making hats part-time and selling them through shops and galleries, I took the leap and began attending art and craft festivals about fifteen years ago. I sell my hats all over California and the United States.
I enjoy traveling to national parks, museums, and yarn and fabric shops. I’m also an avid hiker and birdwatcher.