Gifts to the World by Carrie Cahill Mulligan

MEET CARRIE CAHILL MULLIGAN

FIBER ARTIST

DWLA fell in love with Carrie’s beautiful felt hats!  We think you will enjoy looking at them as much as we do.

A park-ranger-turned-fiber-artist, Carrie was born in Canada and adopted as an infant in 1970.  She was raised in northern California.

Carrie traveled to Alaska for a summer job in 1991, and after canning salmon in Bristol Bay, she went to Denali National Park.  There she waited tables on her way to volunteering at the NPS Backcountry Desk, entering data for the bear biologists, and running dogs for the Denali Park Sled Dog Kennels.  Eventually, she landed a seasonal job as a Park Naturalist, leading hikes and giving slide shows.

With the long winters providing plenty of motivation and ample opportunity, she began to knit and sell her felt hats under the business name, “Crowberry Craftworks.”  Eventually, Carrie and her husband returned to his home state of New Hampshire to follow their artist dreams.

Carrie is a proud member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since moving to Canaan in 2004. She also plays the banjo.  Her work can be found on her own website.

Later in life, Carrie was able to meet her birth father, who happens to be from Labrador.  She calls him her Labradad and began researching Labrador.

In 2009, at the Labrador Society of Ottawa’s Annual Dinner & Dance, Carrie custom designed a felt hat she calls her Labrahat.

Carrie’s Labrahat

Here is Luanne’s personal favorite:

These are Marisha’s favorites:

Comments

  1. I LOVE the title of your blog. I have several adopted children of a different heritage. I remember years ago when I was shopping and I had Dinora, from Guatemala, in an infant seat on the front of the carriage. A woman walked by and looked at her, then looked at me, then said “She RELLY must look like her father!” Then I had another incident many years later when Dinora made friends with an African American girl. Her mom was very white and had blonde hair and blue eyes. I assumed she was adopted, but I later learned she really DID look like her father, the woman’s husband of ten years!

  2. My grandmother was a needle artist, too, Carrie. So all the arts of the needle (in your case, needles) are very close to my heart. Your hats are not only gorgeous, but so unique. What lovely gifts they make!

    • Thanks so much, Luanne, I am proud of my hats! What was your Grandmother’s needlework of choice? Do you have any of her fiber art left?

      • You should be proud of them! 🙂 My grandmother was head fitter of the 28 shop in Marshall Field’s main store. She was a dress designer and tailor. She also did beading, embroidery, tatting, crocheting, knitting, etc. I have the clothes she made for 2 different dolls and a few misc items.

        • Your grandmother sounds amazing! How wonderful to have those pieces of her work. Fiber art is so ephemeral in the greater scheme of things, but so personal and an essential part of daily living. I love being connected to my Inuit/Metis ancestors who sewed countless mukluks and parkas to keep their families warm in the north. Simple, timeless pursuits with needle and fiber, continuing through generations…

  3. Lisa DeNike Ercolano says:

    I love Carrie’s hats and my favorite is your favorite, Luanne! I am going to check out her website.

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