My Spring Cleaning can be your next bargain!

It’s time for Spring Cleaning!

My first order of business was to sort through my hats, gloves, and neckwarmers.

...which was a success! But I did end up with three lonely black gloves. Does anyone have their match?

I also repainted and reorganized my show room (AKA front living room). 25 year old paint became lighter and brighter. Now there's a bit more room to weave, try on pieces and take in all the color.

I’m doing some Spring Cleaning of my handwoven scarves...

These designs are leftover from years past and they're looking for a home. They're only $45 on my Etsy shop, it’s like an online garage sale! Lots to see - check them out here!

It’s not always so black and white...

...unless it is.

Southeastern Massachusetts University at Dartmouth: 1975. My first real studio space. MFA time of life.

Southeastern Massachusetts University at Dartmouth: 1975. My first real studio space. MFA time of life.

I’ve always been fascinated with color, but sometimes it’s fun to see all the possibilities that black and white has to offer - to wear, to design, and to collect.

I love these handmade black and white pieces by my friend Linda Freeman!

And of course...black pants and shoes. This is about a third of my collection. Anybody else have the same problem?

I also gather inspiration for new pieces with my pattern books and black and white yarns. They have their own shelf, and I always make sure to create new neutral designs along with my more colorful pieces every year.

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For the rest of the month, all the black and white pieces in my Etsy shop are 15% off with the coupon code BW15APRIL!

(and check out some new black and white designs below!)

Want a little bit of Paradise this weekend? + get your discount coupon for entry!

Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough

Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough

I am thrilled to have gotten into the Paradise City crafts event in Marlboro this year. Join me and a juried selection of 175 master craft makers and fine artists from every corner of America!

I’ll have new color combinations for Spring and Summer on hand. 
It's always great to see a familiar face. Find me at Booth # 201.

March 24, Friday 10am – 5pm
March 25, Saturday 10am – 6pm
March 26, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, 
Marlborough, MA 01752

My new rayon brilliantly dyed scarf collection. Limited # available.

My new rayon brilliantly dyed scarf collection. Limited # available.

Don't forget to print out this coupon for $2 off admission.

I’m also offering 10% at this event to everyone who likes my Facebook page!

Do you get the mid-day slump?

I work out of my studio in my home. Does anyone else work from home? This article really spoke to me about some of the challenges - the snacking, the internet, occasionally forgetting to change out of pajamas.

Here’s how I like to beat the midday slump!

#1 - Make Granola

This is my favorite granola recipe that I’ve been using for years. I switch up the ingredients and use different nuts and seeds, like pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and reduce the amount of sweetener and oil to 1/4c each, substituting maple syrup for honey.

2 1/2c Oats
1/2c Sunflower seeds
1/2c Sesame seeds
1/2c Wheat germ
1c Coconut
1/2c Almonds
1/4c Maple syrup
1/4c Oil

Bake at 300 F for 45 - 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Enjoy!

#2 - Theater

I’ve been watching this documentary about the making of the musical Rent - an amazing story of perseverance and trial. We all know how it ends, but the journey is still remarkable.

#3 - Catalogs

I love to flip through catalogs for color inspiration! Gudrun Sjödén clothes and textiles are stunning - their spring collection, filled with bold, bright prints, can be found here.

#4 - Music

Bernstein conducting the recording of West Side Story with opera singers - I grew up on this music and it always transports me back to my parents' living room.

And of course, #5: taking a nap.

Do you work from home? What do you like to do to beat the midday slump? Share your story to my Facebook page.

I’m giving away one of these beaded bracelets this month!

To be entered into the giveaway, LIKE Hetty Friedman Designs on Facebookand SHARE the giveaway post between today and March 15th. For a second entry, tag a friend in the comments section of the post!

I’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who enters.

As seen on Etsy. Retail value $35.

Where were you the Summer of ’74?

Where were you the Summer of ’74?

Many people ask me, “Why Guatemala?”

In 1974, I spent four months traveling through Mexico and Guatemala.

I studied anthropology in college and had been weaving since I was 13 years old. My college mentor suggested this trip to me.

It was the trip of a lifetime.

I lived with a Mayan family, learned back strap weaving, and collected indigenous textiles.

My friend Louise Vogel and I drove all around the Guatemala Highlands and Mexico, studying the textiles. We lived our of her orange VW minivan.

In 2006, I went back to Guatemala and began to work with a Fair Trade Weavers’ Co-op. Now, I bring groups of travelers along with me to revel in the beauty of the country, learn about the co-ops that produce my designs, and share about the philanthropy work being done for Mayan Families.

I finally reunited with my Mayan family, the Bonita-Perezes, a few years back! We have held each other in our hearts for these last 43 years, and now I am able to see them each time I visit Guatemala.

What a love affair it has been for me.

Where is your favorite place to travel? Share your story to my Facebook page.

Some salves for our souls during these trying times.

We are IN ACTION!

Here are some salves for our souls, to help, or at least offer some solace during these trying times.

You get 15% off AND I will be donating $20 for each of your purchases from my Etsy shop to either the ACLU or the Southern Poverty Law Center until Feb 14.

1. See the glass flowers and gems at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Had a great visit with Chris and Michaela when she was home for the holidays. Nothing like seeing a millennium of the earth's work to have some faith in the future.

2. See the shoe show at the Peabody Essex Museum until March 12. Who would have thought there could be so much variety? Stop by the gift shop and say hi from me! I always buy something for myself. From a wonderful shirt, to some awesome local chocolate or a cool book.

3. Head over to Passim’s for some home made music. Yes, they are still there and the music’s great! 
See you this Sunday for brunch?

4. Country Desserts celebrating 20 years on Lexington Street! Go for the chocolate chocolate cupcakes, almond raspberry muffins, and the fruit turnovers. Say hi to Nancy for me. 
Who says chocolate isn't a breakfast food?

5. Start a new knitting project and get together with your friends to knit and kvetch (or as we do, knit and eat homemade cookies). My favorite local place is Elissa's Creative Warehouse.

I’ve known and worked with Elissa for over 25 years (gulp!). Now, to finish my sweater that I've been working on for the past 2(?!!) years. She will help do it all!

6. Take a field trip to NYC! I'm going in February to visit famliy and will see The Tempest at the St. Ann's Warehouse, take a ride on the new 2nd Ave Subway line, and have some wonderful meals.

7. Yoga with Jill Braverman - I take Jill's class regularly, and have to say, I walk out in a totally different space than how I arrive. You can subscribe to her blog, she sends out guided meditations, and other great advice and information.

Please share your antidotes to my Facebook page. We all need it now more than ever.

If you’re still looking for a way to cozy up through the rest of the winter...

I’ve added new chenille scarves in lots of colors to my Etsy shop! They're 15% off with the coupon code FEBRUARYBLUES until February 14th and I will donate $20 for each purchase to the ACLU or the SPLC.

Very soft and perfect for cold weather.

As always, all Etsy purchases can be sent in a gift bag with a note, anywhere in the country.

You and I - we accomplished a lot in 2016.

Your showing up at my events, supporting the places that sell my work, and joining me on my tours allowed me to pay it forward to the causes that are close to my heart.

Here are a few of the highlights from 2016:

1: Mayan Families does an amazing job coordinating student sponsorship and family aid. Silvia Maria, a student from Santiago Atitlan, has been able to continue her education and her family has benefited from donations such as food stuff, a water filter, and household needs.

2: WINGS, GUATEMALA works in the realm of family planning and education. This year’s efforts put a new mobile unit on line and an update of their Antigua clinic.

3: Fair trade weaver’s cooperatives in Sololá, Guatemala and Rabinal, Guatemala have increased their sales through the marketing of my designs, and benefited from technique and design consultations.

4: Womenade Boston continues to support programs that empower teen girls and women in the greater Boston area. If you are local and would like to attend one of our 4 annual meetings, please get in touch. As a member of a giving circle, I have a chance to direct where my money goes.

5: The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence. Their annual dinner is inspiring and critical for them to continue on their mission. Join me in 2017!

6: I have donated to a number of local cultural institutions including: MFAICADeYoung MuseumWBURWUMBWGBH, and Clark University.

7: NRDC (my son’s choice for his Hanukkah giving gift this year)!

8: Southern Poverty Law Center, whose mission is more important every day - fighting hate and supporting victims. My mother, Ida Friedman, felt so strongly about their work that she left them money in her will.

9: Harambee Arts, I have known the founder, Gloria Levine, for all my life. Her work across continents in expressive arts therapy is awe inspiring. Harambee Arts is transforming and improving the lives of women and children who have suffered the devastating effects of trauma caused by violence, illness, poverty, trafficking and other crises.

10: Planned Parenthood - Again, more important now than ever.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year. 
Here’s to 2017! 
More color, more philanthropy, more love and more life.

Best, Hetty