Beading, felting demos at market Saturday

Halcottsville — Beading and felting demonstrations will be offered at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market in Hal-cottsville on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. As part of the free activities, Sandy Valk will demonstrate how she combines fabrics and beading to create beautiful hats and bags.
In addition, Jill Cline will provide instruction in the ancient art of felt making using wool fibers, soap, water and “a little agitation.”
A native of the Catskill Mountains, Sandra Valk has been an avid fabric and
textile admirer for years. Perhaps it was the perfect hand stitching and
designs of the quilts that were made by her great-grandmothers that launched
her desire to sew.
A self-taught artist, Sandra designs one-of-a-kind hand bags and hats, using vintage fabrics, buttons and trims as much as
possible.
Walking in the woods remains an inspiration for her sculptural forms. Found
objects such as feathers, twigs and tree fungus can almost always find their
way into a creation. In using the red clay stones, mixed with matte paint over fabric, Sandra has been able to achieve a finish that looks like fire
thrown pottery of the Native Americans who used to inhabit the area.
This week’s demonstrations are part of a weekly event from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, sponsored by the Catskill Artisans’ Guild. For a complete event schedule, visit: www.pfmarket.org.
The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville.
For information 845 586-3326. Or learn more about all the vendors at: www.pfmarket.org.