Judy Larson, Skilled Needleworker

Judy Larson 

Judy was a nurse at Covenant Living at the Holmstad for 25 years. After retiring, she and her husband, Don, decided to make Holmstad their home.

Needlework has been a hobby of Judy’s for many years. Residents and Bazaar customers look forward to seeing what Judy has made for the Bazaar each year. 

You can meet Judy in the Creative Arts Shop during the September 30 Holmstad Bazaar. She’d be happy to share ideas about needlework with you. 

Her 2023 Christmas Tree Skirt

This year, Judy created a 60″-wide felt Christmas tree skirt. The skirt has been left uncut in case the buyer wants to use it on a table. Depending on the wishes of the buyer, Judy will cut a slit into it to use under a tree. 


Judy is also offering this hand-embroidered dresser or side table scarf on September 30. It measures 16″ by 40.” 



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Norwegian Hardanger Needlework by Allan Dempsey

Allan Dempsey

     Forty-one years ago, Allan was looking for another needlework challenge. He had enjoyed counted cross stitch as a relaxing hobby but was ready to try something new. While traveling in Minnesota, he visited a needlework shop, and his hobby took a very new turn: Hardanger.
     The owner introduced him to this Norwegian needlework art, and he was hooked. Allan will be selling several pieces of his work at The Holmstad Bazaar on Saturday, September 30 from 9 am-3 pm. Come visit Allan’s display. He would enjoy talking with you about the Hardanger process.

Allan has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad since July 2020. 

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A variety of small hearts and other pieces will be for sale at the Bazaar.

Hardanger techniques

Hardanger starts with a plain even-weave fabric like linen, cotton, or synthetic. Then Allan creates an intricate lace-like pattern using counted threads and drawn thread work techniques.