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Susan Lathrop at the Jelly Bean Tree

submitted by the Jelly Bean Tree

The Jelly Bean Tree Artisans, on Main Street in Saxtons River, will feature the work of fiber artist Susan Lathrop for the month of September.

Lathrop's fine craftsmanship is readily seen in her intricate Scandinavian sweater patterns, delicate beaded amulet bags, knitted lace scarves and felted hats and slippers. When working in the Jelly Bean Tree, she is often busily engaged making fleece into yarn at her spinning wheel, a modern version of the traditional treadle wheel. In addition to knitting, she is an avid quilter, and is presently finishing up a queen size quilt which will go into the shop.

A retired instrumental music teacher from Brattleboro Union High School, Lathrop is also the owner of three Morgan horses which she takes to shows and competitions in Carriage Pleasure Driving, Combined Driving (Dressage Hazards and cones) and Competitive Distance Driving. She can often be seen on the back roads around Cambridgeport behind her horses in a two wheeled Amish road cart.

The Jelly Bean Tree is located in the historic Main Street Arts building in downtown Saxtons River. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans. Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cooperative is solely run by members and new craftspeople are always welcome. For more information, call 869-2729 or 869-2099.

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