Keeping You in Stitches

Virginia Kerslake: Side Stitch by Ginny

A career opportunity for my husband and a sense of adventure brought our family from Ontario to Pennsylvania in 2004. While it was strange to leave my work managing an analytical service laboratory, it was exciting to wonder where the road might take me. First it lead us to our new home , built in 1797, and busy years raising two sons and all the hockey and lacrosse that goes along with it. And eventually it lead to a sewing machine, surprising me as much as anyone! I bought the machine to sew a pretty apron for a niece who was getting married. In looking online for fabric ( on Etsy!) I was amazed at all the gorgeous fabrics out there, particularly designer quilting cottons. I ended up buying fabrics for several aprons simply because I couldn't decide! 

With my new found love of fabrics (and a sewing machine) I began creating. Aprons lead to hairbands, yoga mat bags, custom made skirts, table runners, bags, baskets, baby blankets, lavender sachets, pillows, upholstery....... I discovered that I love mixing fabrics to create a unique and pleasing look. And I love creating things that others enjoy and find useful, beautiful and fun. And so Side Stitch by Ginny was born. 

I am grateful for where the road has lead. It's a joy to have something of my own and to be doing something I love. I hope you enjoy these Side Stitch things as much as I love making them!

Check out Ginny's ETSY Shop

Pure Scents

Margaret Mace: Pure Scents Candle Company

Pure Scents Candle Company is a family owned and operated business, located in West Chester ,Pennsylvania. We have worked hard to earn our reputation for exceptional quality candles and outstanding customer service. Each candle is hand poured, many to order. Our customers support us based on personal experience and word of mouth.

Our all natural soy candles are made with American grown soy vegetable wax, lead free, all cotton wicks and are drenched in pure fragrance oils...it's what sets us apart from the rest.
Every candle is hand poured to ensure you of the highest quality. We add the maximum amount of phthalate free fragrance oil and mix it throughout the candle, so the fragrance lasts as long as the candle.  

Take a peek inside the candle studio to see the process:

And, visit Margaret's website!

Fashion & Fun

Lynn Fleming: Fredricka Fashions

The art of needle and thread in making beautiful garments. Meet Lynn, making handmade fashion for little girls and their faithful dollies. 

Take a look see at Lynn's Facebook.

Glass Half Full

Steve ONeill: SteveOGlass

Young, focused, creative, clearly hungry glassblower. Striving for perfection. Steve will be creating pieces during the day at the East Falls Mobile  Glassblowing Studio.

Row & Oaks

Row and Oaks was started from my strong passion to create unique and different pieces to cater to my individual style. 

I started my small jewelry shop two years ago with a vision to one day pass it down to my daughter, Rowan. She is the inspiration behind my shop, not to mention named after her. She is a creative little 4 year old girl who follows in my footsteps with her creative mind and entrepreneurial spirit. Each piece is unique and 100% handcrafted by me. 

To see more of my work, please visit my Etsy Shop.

RAW

Rachel Welsh – From RAW Materials

I love to create and am at my most creative when I’m problem-solving. When someone is in need of an item I’m figuring out what I can do. My process is fluid – what’s on my mind right now, what inspires me right now, what does someone else need what now. From a wine glass to a shirt, from a pillow to a doormat, everything can be beautiful and fun.

My creative spirit has deep roots. My maternal grandmother was a seamstress and my maternal grandfather was a woodworker – and I love both and everything in between. From designing on the computer to styling my booth, the creative process is both fun and exhausting.

My favorite question is “What if …” usually followed by some crazy idea that we may or may not, be able to execute. “What if …” is a great question. What if we support each other? What if we support small shops too? What if we buy handmade? What if we relax and take in what’s around us?

Take a peek at my Facebook page to see more of my creations!

Gracie & Me

Hello! My name is Stephanie Gallo and I am the owner of Gracie and Me Handmade. I specialize in making hand sewn accessories for babies and girls. 

Back in 2013, I began making headbands for my niece, who was in infant at the the time. I didn't see anything that appealed to me in stores, so I made some of my own. I decided to post some for sale on local yard sale sites, and it was a hit. In 2015, I took a leap of faith and opened my Etsy shop. Since then the business has taken off. I absolutely love having the ability to be creative, and seeing my creations come to life both in person and through customer photos. 

I love participating in local festivals and meeting new customers! 

Gone Fishing

Mark Bair: M D Bair Studio

Mark Bair is a woodcarver and multimedia artist living in Audubon NJ. While always having a love of art and fine craft, it wasn’t until 2000 that he found his passion combining traditional woodcarving with other mediums. His inspiration is found in both nature and traditions of the past, with an eye towards whimsy.

The work all starts with an idea and a rough sketch. First, using traditional carving chisels, each piece is hand-crafted one at a time. Next, drawing on his experience as a watercolor artist, each work is painted using acrylic washes to build up layers of color. Finally, a proprietary finish is applied to give his work a rich and aged look. The art is often paired or incorporated with vintage items or architectural salvage. Fish receive copper for their fins, which is heated and hammered using the techniques of a metal smith.

Mark’s work can be found in various museums and galleries around the country. He is a regular teacher at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton NJ and works with the youth carvers. When not working in the studio, Mark enjoys traveling around the country, showing his work at fine art and craft shows. Mark is available for commissions and teaching through his contact form.

Check out his website to see his creativity!

Beadweaver's - better late than never

Welcome to Beadweaver's! Kelly was our last applicant, but we loved her work so much we had to make a place in the show for her!

From Kelly: I offer a wide range of distinctive jewelry handcrafted with the finest beads from around the world. An avid beader for more than 20 years, I like to blend color and texture with vintage inspiration and attention to detail, to get a contemporary look that is casual, elegant, and fun. 

My jewelry is made from the highest quality materials, like vintage & antique components, precious metals, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal, and glass beads. 

And, yes, I love beading, but I'm also a rabid knitter as well. I'll share my special pieces of jewelry and stitch markers designed with the knitter in mind.

Learn more about me at my website or visit my Etsy shop.

Burning Branch

Rachael Calderin: Burning Branch Studio

 

Learn more about Rachael's non-profit efforts of Burning Branch Studio

The Secret Garden House

Cara Graver: The Cob Studio

Cara is more than just a potter. She creates and teaches in her potted Cob Studio, fashioned from clay, sand and straw.

In a word, she is whimsy, embracing nature, the forest floor, and the woodland creatures as expressed in her functional art. An imagination ignited by everything around her.

Visit Cara's website to learn more about the artist and her Cob Studio.

Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread

Sara Creasy: Sew and Sew Fine Quilts

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania, attending the yearly county and state fairs and seeing the beautiful, traditional hand-made quilts from the local Amish community. I have been interested in the rich heritage and skill developed in those hand-stitched quilts. Sewing has been a generational craft in my family with my mother, grandmothers, and great grandmothers working in sewing factories as they raised their families.  

As I sew, I can imagine these women as they sat before their sewing machines. Seeing the way the fabrics and colors flow together, creating their own story, I began to see my place in sewing.  

 
My passions lie in the color narrative that is created when curating palettes based on nature, emotions, and dreams and pairing with found fabrics. 

Visit Sarah's Website

Patty's Watching Her P's & Q's

Patty Baumeister: Clay Art for the Soul

I am a third grade teacher at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA. Working with clay became a passion when my youngest child left for college. I now have a home studio where my inspirations become reality.

My Clay Art is sold at art shows throughout Chester County.  Clay Art for the Soul is for those who enjoy surrounding themselves with objets d'art. Most of my work is raku fired. Pears, letters, numbers, and game pieces are designed in a way to make them unique and very special.  You can see more of my work on my Etsy shop...clayartforthesoul.

I find my inspiration from being a teacher. I try to make my curriculum as creative as my art...learning is an art form, different to every pair of eyes. If I have an idea and I can't sleep, then I know it's good. 

I have an amazing pottery teacher. She often helps me extract ideas from my head and create them in clay. She is the teacher that has influenced me most in my life...I hope that a few of my students will one day feel that way about me.

Visit Clay Art for the Soul

Locally Crafted Bubbles

Kathryn and Danielle: Earth & Sky Soap Co. 

Earth & Sky Soap Company is run by two girls with a passion for creating handmade soaps + skin care the old fashioned way.

Dani’s got her feet on the ground and Kat’s the one with her head in the clouds. Together we’re dedicated to crafting fresh products in small batches (with lots of love and attention!) using only the best ingredients nature offers. We truly love what we do.

We’re a Pennsylvania-based biz, selling locally in the Philadelphia area—but don’t worry, our handcrafted products are available in our Etsy shop! Read about our products here and contact us if you have a favorite scent you'd like to see featured.

Take a glance into Earth & Sky's soap making process:

Gyotaku & You

Michael Reimer: That Fish Print Guy

So I'm at work on a Saturday, waiting to do my part of a system upgrade, when I type 'Fish Print' into Google. I was looking to buy fish art for my office. I ran across a web site for Gyotaku and take an immediate interest in the subject. I spend the next few months researching everything I can about gyotaku, practicing in my mind how I'm going to make my own fish prints. I even bought a few through the internet.

It finally gets warm enough the following March to catch a few bluegill in a local pond. Armed with red acrylic paint, news print and my then 8 year old daughter as my assistant, we make some prints which look like fish shaped blobs of ink. Not discouraged, I practice and practice until I feel comfortable enough to use rice paper, rather than news print and block printing ink, rather than acrylic paint.

Fast forward several months to the point where I liked them enough to start framing them and hanging them in my office. Friends of my wife ask if they can buy some as gifts for their husbands and I think hmm......

The following fall, I signed up for my first art show. Since then, I've joined the Nature Printing Society, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Greater Norristown Art League.  I served as the vice-president of the Nature Printing Society for 2013 and 2014 and have taught beginner fish printing at two of their annual workshops.

In February of 2008, I became a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Juried status in the PGC is an honor awarded to work deemed to show excellence in craftsmanship, resolved design and unique voice or style. I am honored to be a juried member.

All of my art work is hanging up in my office between shows. The only prints that I mat and/or frame are ones that I'd keep as my own if I never sold another. Since I catch the fish (or in some cases, was with a friend who caught a fish), I have a connection to each print. I do most of my fishing in Montgomery County, Chester County and Berks County PA.

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Michael Reimer

Marlene Book: Artistry Defined

Marlene Book Fine Art

The artist was born and raised in Reading, PA and now resides in Spring Township, Berks County, PA.  She is primarily a self-taught artist, however over the years has taken instruction from various teachers. Paul Flickinger has been her mentor and instructor at the Yocum Institute in Wyomissing, PA (formerly The Wyomissing Institute of the Arts) for the past 10 years.

Proficient in portraits, floral still life and landscapes her medium of choice is oil. Although she uses acrylic equally well. Marlene has participated in a number of local shows and has had several solo exhibitions. 

She believes that each day brings something new to her life and changes and influences who she is and how she paints. Family and nature play a huge part in what she paints. 
Enjoy your journey through her gallery. 

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle 

Explore the fine art from Marlene Book

Bob Baumann: Through the Lens

Bob Baumann Photography

I have been looking through the lens of a camera since I was 12 years old, growing up in Brooklyn, New York.  I guess I have learned to see things in a different way,  always having a camera in hand.  (And I don’t mean like today with a smart phone.)

 

After earning a Bachelor in Arts form Penn State my professional career took me down a slightly different path.  Instead of making images, I was supervising the making of them growing into senior level advertising agency positions.   In recent years I can be found on the courts, diamonds and fields covering college and high school sports.  I have also worked with a variety of non-profit foundations and in the winter months I am a ski instructor focusing on “Adaptive Skiing”, working with people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

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Visit Bob's website to see more of his impressive photography.

Gigi Keeps Turning Heads

Gigi Singh Jewelry

Back in 2007 on a kitchen table I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make my own wedding favors for my wedding that was a couple of months away. Well, the wedding favors never made it to life but an idea to make jewelry bloomed. I've had a career in retail which put this new found hobby to bed for several years. Bummer!

I've since then quit the crazy retail world and focused on being a stay at home mom and started back up with my GiGi jewelry.

Every day is a day filled with giggles, messy kisses and lots of hugs. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to get to pursue my business while being a mom.

My jewelry is fun, colorfully vibrant, dimensional with an organic feel. You’ll see a lot of flower patterns throughout the website simply because I love flowers with most of my pieces being lead and nickel free.

I try and get out there and do lots of art festivals which lets me meet new GiGi customers and reconnect with my regulars! This has been so much fun and all the gals that I've meet have been super cool, hip, fun with beautiful souls.

Visit Gigi's Website

Obsessed with Lampwork

Sharon Carlucci: Carlucci Glassworks

Sharon has had a love of things handmade since childhood.  Her grandmother, Sarah, with infinite patience, taught her how to knit and embroider. Later, having worked for a needlecraft company for 8 years, Sharon began making quilts.  Interested in other forms of art, she turned her direction toward a smaller scale of art and glass beads have become her obsession.  Sharon has been making lampworked glass beads since 1996, having studied with a number of renowned beadmakers.  A juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Sharon has served as Vice President of Standards and Chair of the Show Selection Committee.  

Sharon's beads are created using an oxygen and gas torch and colored glass rods from Italy.  The glass is heated and "wound" around a steel rod, then carefully shaped and decorated using additional glass.  Finally, the beads are placed into a kiln to anneal - a process of slowly cooling to "temper" the glass.  The wirewrapping of her lampworked glass beads comes naturally, not only to enhance the beads, but also to create a line of exciting and innovative jewelry.  

 

Someone's Treasure . . .

Hillary Fabe: Old Iron Vintage

The goal at Old Iron Vintage is to give new life to old things, new takes on old ideas and new meaning to forgotten ways.

It's Alchemy - Hillary has the eye to take lost and forgotten items, magically transforming them into objets d'art. Dazzling crystals coupled with mundane everyday items, become a lure for the eye, commanding attention and praise.