Heart of the Country Show & Sale

Pat Wendt

Patricia Wendt learned to knit in Hawaii about 30 years ago. She began hand knitting, felting and blocking women’s hats in September, 1995, which marked the beginning of her specialty company, Chapeau du Jour. By January of 1998 she had designed and made helmet-style hats with earflaps which gained her entrance into the Crafted for Sport exhibit at the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, Mass. in the summer of 1998. Pat has designed various cap styles, some made from yarn she hand spun on the Navajo and drop spindles as well as her two spinning wheels.

Hats made under the label of Chapeau du Jour have been exhibited and sold at L.O.C.A.L. 14, Contemporary Craft Gallery, Best of the Northwest, Carnegie Center Art Gallery, Portland Audubon Wild Arts Festival, Art in the Burbs, Portland Hand Weavers Guild and Larch Mountain Country Artisans.

There is the joy of taking a fleece from a sheep and making something both attractive and functional, something that gives one creative fulfillment, and something that will bring pleasure and comfort to someone else.