I have always been interested in history and early American crafts. Through this interest, I became acquainted with the historical American floorcloths. I enjoy demonstrating and educating the public about this craft. During the last 12 years, I have made these canvas products for my home as well as for sale. My first piece, a large 8ft. rug is still in my front hallway. Many of my designs are inspired by the colonial canvases, although I create my own designs and have created contemporary items. My products begin with natural heavy cotton canvas. This canvas is stretched and coated with primer, artwork done and protective coats applied. The final step involves creating a folded under and glued hem. In addition to participating in many shows, I have produced many and varied custom pieces, including historical reproduction pieces. I have also worked with interior designers and have taught numerous floorcloth production workshops.
Functional kitchen art. My hand carved food safe wooden spoons, spatulas, scoops, knives, and other assorted spice and eating spoons are crafted using only an Axe, straight carving knife, and a hooked spoon knife. I use fresh felled greenwood including black walnut, oak, apple, pear, birch, maple, among others. My items are simple, functional, original (no two alike, no templates), and beautiful.
For kids: Kids can use stamps and stickers and make their own ornament using wood cookies and ribbon thru a pre-drilled hole. Free of charge — and we’ll have a dedicated kids table for them to work at with all the supplies! Look for the chalk board sign that says, “Discover The Artist In You.”
My bowls are hand hewn from a single piece of Midwestern hardwood using a traditional bowl adze. They are finished with a food safe mineral oil/beeswax mixture.
Everlasting flowers and foliages become enchanting wreaths and arrangements- a gathering of Summer’s Bounty. Like walking in the garden on a golden August day.
Flowers grown and gathered from my own garden ensure vibrant colors. Each wreath tells its own story. A profusion of color promises the joy of flowers all year long.
Just like us, no two are exactly alike. Each wreath and arrangement is made entirely by hand one at a time.
Because you can never have too many flowers.
Having an interest in history and art, we have combined both to create decorative & utilitarian items from gourds-Folk Art Gourd Pottery. Throughout history there are many references to gourds. As the world’s oldest pottery, they have been used for their functionality as containers of all sorts worldwide. During the fair we will explain the background & historical use of gourds and the preparation of them thru cutting and cleaning. A gourd that is planted one year,dries for months and is ready for use the following year is very unique & is of interest to the public.
The techniques we use on our work include: carving,watercolor,paint,pen&ink,dye work and wood burning. Our line consists of bowls,baskets,jugs,vases,canisters,pockets,clocks and pitchers. Designs are inspired by historical motifs,botanical/nature,graphics & seasonal.
We will display in a beautiful period style canvas tent.
Our gourd work has been featured in magazines, television and part of other quality art events.
Harriet Carr and family of Original Scherenschnitte will cut freehand the art of cutting “paper lace” with scissors in miniature.
Kid Friendly! Watch as small cuttings are made and learn the history behind the art. Children receive their own small cutting.
We use traditional tools to weave rattan over handmade molds to create our Nantucket baskets. Various American hardwoods as well as exotics are used for handles, bases & lids and are made on a lathe or by using steam bending techniques. Our walking sticks & canes are made from raw buffalo or rams horn using heat and historical bulking techniques. The shafts are either turned on a lathe or natural that we have harvested, dried, straightened, prepared for use & are custom fit for customer.
Kid Friendly! Children, over 6 years old and with their parent’s permission, can try their hand at weaving.
I am a hand spinner, weaver, knitter, and crocheter and I like to experiment with felting and other textile related work. I prefer to use natural fibers, but find it sometimes necessary to include man-made fibers.
My weaving includes rugs, place mats, table runners, scarves, and shawls. The rugs are primarily re-cycled cotton or wool. I really enjoy the challenge of re-purposing used textiles into “new” functional items.
I knit, weave, and crochet hats, scarves, socks, gloves, and mittens and I use my hand spun yarn in some of these items. I also knit and then felt wool hats and embellish them with hand embroidery. All items are my own original designs.
I would like to demonstrate weaving on my small four harness floor loom. I will prepare re-cycled clothing/fabric and then weave it into “hit or miss” rag place mats. I enjoy weaving very much and like to share it with others. Both children and adults are welcome to weave on my loom.
Handmade, one at a time Carpetbags made in Woodstock Va. Made from upholstery fabric, with leather rope handles, fabric straps and brass or antique brass locking mechanisms. Wooden bottoms with brass stud feet. Inside pockets, some with zippers. My carpetbags have been in movies like Tombstone, Bewitch, The Lone Ranger, Hell on Wheels (western), Last Man Standing and many more.