Carol Frechette

Hat maker and leather artisan. Handcrafted accessories from sustainable, upcycled, local, and existing materials.

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Crafting one piece at a time, the material often expresses what it wants to be. Each piece has a life of its own, sometimes ending with an adornment of a wood burned driftwood button. I source materials from unexpected places that inspire and bring character into each product I make. The flaws create the interest, drama, the inside becomes the outside, the complexities become the most interesting. As a hat maker and leather artisan, I have used sustainable materials for decades. I strive to create work from materials that already exist and bioregional offerings. Branches on the forest floor become buttons; sheep wool becomes hats; hides become coveted clutches; and scrap leather destined for the landfill are transformed into whimsical pouches. Connecting you with our Natural World through the items I make brings this natural beauty into our craft, our lives, enhancing our everyday experience. My work is influenced by colors and patterns in nature and by traditional folk arts.  I participate in many events in our Northern California region, and I look forward to sharing my work with you in my studio in the redwoods.


Studio Tour Hours:

Tour Dates August 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions to Studio 23 at 45201 Bill Owens Road. From Hwy 1 at mile marker 11.88 go east; follow Studio Discovery signs, keep left at the fork. We are about 1.5 miles from Hwy 1.

Henderson Studios Restrictions:

​Masking Required Outdoors​

​​Masking Required​ Indoors​

No Pets

No Public Restrooms




Contact artist for size, pricing and shipping information.