Paula Nettleship / designs2c
jewelry / non precious
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Robert & Martha Nettleton / WoodQuilter
Hometown: Cincinnatus, NY
Robert Nettleton uses over 300 domestic and exotic woods to make inlaid quilt patterns on boxes, holiday ornaments, clocks, jewelry and wall decor items.
Prior to starting wood quilting, he made furniture with mosaic designs and other items. But he has always loved quilt patterns so when he saw quilts displayed at a folk festival, he realised he could make similar designs with wood instead of fabric.
He doesn’t use any paints or dyes in his work to allow the colors and natural beauty of the woods, like purple heart and shimmery white tiger maple, to shine through. While he does all the woodcrafting, his wife, Martha does much of the finishing, sanding and beading of pendants.
In addition to arts and crafts festivals, they participate in many quilting shows too. Their work is displayed at the New England Quilt Museum, the National Museum of Quilts and sold at the Smithsonian Museum store.
Their inlaid keepsake boxes, Christmas ornaments and earrings are their top sellers. WoodQuilter’s quilt patterns are mainly traditional quilt designs recognizable to avid quilters.
Daniel Nie / DanNie Studio
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Daniel Nie came to the U.S. from his native Shanghai, China on an art scholarship in 1981. Today he is one of the foremost Chinese-American artists in the country.
During his tenure as an art professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, he created a new artistic technique he calls “Coolligraphy”. He uses a style of calligraphy to weave the letters of a word or a person’s name into an artistic hieroglyph.
At Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, he creates unique designs using the name or word of your choosing. These designs make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries and graduations.
Daniel is the author of several books about artistic techniques and created two meditation recordings.
Dusty Nixon / Woodland Artworks
Wood - Functional
Hometown: Grantsville, MD
Donna Noblitt / Colonial Braided Rug Company
Textiles / Rugs
Hometown: Shelby, NC
Colonial Braided Rug Company has been in the same family since 1978. Donna Noblitt joined her parents’ business in 1983 and later purchased the company from them upon their retirement in 1990.
Though she knows every phase of the business from beginning to end, her specialty is rug design. She will modify any rug pattern to match individual decor as well as create completely new designs, as needed. Customers can preview yarn samples and patterns in primitive, country, Americana, Colonial and contemporary styles.
Their rugs are made with a strong, colorfast spun polypropylene made in Dalton, GA. Their rugs are reversible, machine washable and durable enough for outdoor as well as indoor use. This specially fabricated yarn even survives pet accidents without any loss of color.
Their most popular rug design is their signature, “Joseph’s Coat” which can be custom designed with 4 - 6 custom colors or with one of their tried and true designs.
Debbie Noiseux / dn metalsmith / jeweler
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Merrimack, NH
Jim Nonas / Jim Nonas Art
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
Jim Nonas is a high school science teacher, wrestling coach, Sunday school teacher, screenplay writer and visual artist.
While creating a Byzantine mosaic with his Sunday School class, he discovered a passion for collage art using old magazines. He created dozens of images to sell and art dealers and gallery owners started coming to him.
Using nothing but magazines, scissors, glue and stretched canvas, he creates fine art ‘paintings’ of nature, cityscapes and religious figures. He specializes in historic and iconic images and welcomes custom requests. He works out of his basement studio in Glen Rock, NJ.
Stop by at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and see his magazine collage art up close.
Georgene Novak / Georgene Novak Jewelry Designs
jewelry / other
Hometown: Montville, NJ
Georgene Novak remembers picking through her grandmother’s jewelry box as young girl. She would pile on her favorite pieces and march around her grandmother’s house on Sunday afternoon visits.
Over the years, she explored various artistic mediums until finally her love of jewelry won out.
She earned a degree in business management and worked in retail. In 2011, after 20 years in her position, she was unexpectedly let go. This seeming misfortune was a blessing in the end as it freed her up to pursue her dream of running her own business full time. In addition to her own creative work, she teaches jewelry making to other artists.
Every year, on the anniversary of the corporate departure, she sends a thank you message to her former boss!
David Nugent / Evensong
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Hinsdale, NH
David Nugent was studying psychology at Southern Connecticut State College in the mid-1970’s when he drifted into the art department and found his true passion. He and Cynthia Marble officially started their jewelry making business in 1977. They named their business Evensong because they felt it expresses the “feeling of flowing elegance” they strive to manifest in all their work.
They handcraft sterling silver and 14 K and 18 K yellow, white and rose gold jewelry accented with precious and semi-precious stones. David and his team do every step of the creation process from the original design, forging, fabrication and lost-wax casting to the finishing polish in house.
Cynthia works as a psychotherapist but contributes to the jewelry making business as well. Their studio sits near the Connecticut River in rural southern New Hampshire.