Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Craft Sale


Have you heard the news?  The Craft Guild of Nevada County is having another Spring Craft Sale.  This time the sale will be on May 3rd in the parking lot of the Union Newspaper (Glenbrook Shopping Center, Grass Valley) For all the details, check out our flyer here or get an application to sell your crafts at the fair here.

This is a current list of the vendors, with more being added as we get closer to the sale.

Lori Humphrey - Mosaics, Joy Patzner - Knitting
Loana Beeson - Watercolors
 
Vicki Calhoon - Pottery, Sondra Thompson - Placemats
Jennifer Cebollero - Paper Crafts
 
 Heather Felts - Crochet, Becky Johnson - Glass Nail Files
 Lindsay Ostram - Wood Signs,  Pat Allen - Gourd Art
Charlotte Allen - Knitting
 
Connie Chadwick - Pottery, Gail Pasciuti - Greeting Cards
 Cory Moore - Fabric Art
 
 
Carolyn Fiene - Bean Bag Frogs, Michael Ray - Woodworking Jeannie Norman - Crochet
 
 Bernice Lein - Knit/Crochet
 


Mark this date on your calendar now.  You won't want to miss the opportunity to buy fine craft gifts for Mother's Day!



































Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2013 Christmas Party

The annual Christmas Party and  "Thieves" Gift Exchange was held on December 10, 2013 at Apple Alley Cafe.  Everyone seemed to be having a lovely time; opening exchange gifts, stealing the choice ones from other participants and enjoying the wonderful food from Apple Alley's kitchen.

Here is a collection of photos taken by Nancy Dresser of the festivities.  You will notice some people appear frequently in the slide show.  This is because their chosen gift was "stolen" by someone else and they had to go back to the gift table for a new one!




Friday, October 18, 2013

Connie Alexander - Maker of Collectible Teddy Bears


I met with Connie on a rainy afternoon in her Nevada City home.  Connie showed me to her cozy studio, with sewing machine, cutting tables, and lots and lots of supplies for making her special teddy bears.  As Connie explained, these aren't toys for children but rather collectibles for adults with the heart of a child still within.  Connie uses the very best  materials for her bears - mohair fur from Germany and synthetic furs that look like the real thing.  Her husband Bill helps out too - he installs the joints to make the bears lifelike and often cuts out the fabric for Connie to sew into lovable bears that you just want to hug. Each bear is stuffed with poly fill and  plastic pellets to give it a nice firm, but touchable feel.  Connie also sews coloring book totes and soft, cloth books  for children which are included in her sales booths.

Connie says she started making bears in 2000 and attends many craft fairs and quilt shows each year.  She has been trying to cut back recently on her travels, but says she is still having fun with her business.  For a bit more about Connie, be sure to check out the article in the Union where she was the featured artisan.

Here is a little side show of bears, Connie at work in her booths and a glimpse into her studio.  Just click the arrow on the picture below and sit back and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Handmade by Betty Weibert

Betty was six years old when her grandmother introduced her to a treadle sewing machine.  Betty caught the bug; sewing and making things from fabric has become a life long passion.  She says that even when she had a career and was raising two sons, she found time to relax with her sewing and embroidery.

Betty and her husband moved to Rocklin from Clayton, CA six years ago so that they could be nearer their two sons and their families.  Betty had retired from Sumitomo Chemical and her husband from the telecommunications business where he was an engineer.  They were ready to enjoy the good life. 

Today, Betty spends many hours at her favorite activities of sewing, quilting, painting silk scarves, knitting -- the list goes on and on. Betty is a member and past president of  Roseville Quilters and she showed me some of her beautifully designed quilts including a couple of very special smaller art quilts. Currently she is working on a large quilt for a family gift.  She admits that she usually has at least six projects going at one time and is always looking for a new pattern to try or the perfect fabric.  A thrift store fabric find may have been turned into purses mere hours after it was discovered. Betty has a fully equipped studio, complete with  large quilting and sewing machines.  However on the day I visited with her, there was also a project going on in the kitchen, which she says is more to her taste for a working area. 

Betty keeps quite busy by  participating in about 20 craft shows a year and has an online Etsy shop that you will want to check out and you can now visit her Facebook page Elizabeth Jane Designs!

Click on the arrow in the picture below for a sampling of Betty's wonderful crafts.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Barbara Wilson and a Tale About Quillos!


Well, what in the world is a quillo?  After Barbara Wilson retired from her postmistress job in 1992, she had the time to invest in creative endeavors.  She had seen a pillow/quilt combination at a craft fair, but wasn't impressed with some of the details.  Her mind started to work on a design of her own.  She really didn't have an idea what to call a quilt that tucks away for storage in its own pillow case, but a friend who owned a fabric store coined the term "quillo" which turns out to be a fine description.

Quillos are made in one piece so that you never loose the pillow case; the case is sew to the quilt so that you can sit in your recliner and use the pouch for a foot warmer.  When you are ready to tidy up, the quilt folds into the pouch to make an attractive throw pillow.  Barbara says she likes to make her quillos extra long to accomodate people like her 6'7" son, but there are lots of designs for the kids in the family as well.  Barbara has spent much time and effort in collecting fabric that will reflect just about everyone's hobby or particular taste.  Antique cars, bears for the mountain cabin, horses and dogs for the animal lover.  The list goes on and on. Barbara says the favorite theme of customers seems to be eagles and her collection is full of the great symbolic birds.

In addition to her quillo business, Barbara appliques, paints and decorates T-shirts.  She does about four craft shows a year, but has many repeat customers or referrals from previous sales that keep her busy all year long. 

What follows is a little slide show of Barbara's work and a glimpse into her studio, filled to the brim with quillo materials!  Click on the white arrow to start the show.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Donate a Can - Get a Dollar Discount!


Going to Winterfaire this year?  Don't forget to bring a can of food for the Interfaith Food Bank.  In return, you will get a $1 off of your admission fee.  Tell a friend and invite them to come with you.  The crafts are handmade and most of the vendors are local, so you can get an early start to your holiday gift buying.  
October 19 and 20 at the Grass Valley Fairgrounds.