The event, which hosted 45 craftspeople in 2007 and 50 in 2009 will feature more than 70 artisans this year.
"We have jewelry," said
The craft fair is held from
In addition to offering unique, handmade items, the event includes activities, performances and informative programs, which have also grown in number.
"This year, the fire department will be doing safety checks," Novotny said. "
Children's activities, including face painting, will be organized on the museum lawn, where the
Admission to the museum galleries, which address the history of childhood and family life in
"We have a doll clinic, with our doll curator,
Craftspeople from across
"I started my business in 1972, making handmade woolen rugs," Arrigo said. "I do a lot of period stuff for historical houses, in authentic colors. I make them all from 100 percent wool.
"Most of them are braided, and I can make any shapes. Most are oval or round, but I can make them square or heart-shaped."
Arrigo, who said making a rug is as easy as braiding a child's hair, was recently honored by
"I love wool; it lasts forever," she said.
In recent years, Arrigo has been branching out into hooking rugs and braiding the edges of rugs with hooked centers.
"Sometimes, to keep yourself going, you have to reinvent yourself," she said.
"They're all hand-printed, limited editions,"
The Kinnunens offer several different series and sizes in this style, from the larger, 18-by-20-inch "travel" posters, to beach scenes that measure 12-by-16 inches.
"They usually have an iconic view of one of the
There are also street views, which measure 8-by-10 inches, and include settings in
Among several jewelers at the festival are
"Some of them are from the 1700s and are made from Venetian glass and were used as money in the African trade," Wright said. "They're very colorful, with different designs on them."
They get their beads from a dealer from
"The jewelry is not tribal-looking at all; it looks more like more modern jewelry, but it has a connection to the past and other places," Wright said. "We love thinking about the people who have handled these beads in the past."
"I've been quilting about 20 years," she said. "My long-arm sewing machine I've had about seven years. I do most of my piecing on a featherweight Singer that was made 60 years ago."
Cummings assembles the backing, batting and pieces on a 10-foot-long frame and sews them together with the long-arm machine, which she guides by hand.
"I do a variety, a large variety of pattern styles, anything from hand applique to machine pieced and machine quilted," she said.
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