The staircase between selling floors at The Farmhouse Store includes three horizontal signs by Scotch Plains, N.J., artist Nick Mansilla; a striped runner by Dash & Albert, Pittsfield, Mass.; and Murphy's Chicks and other signs on the wall at right by Red Horse Signs, Woodinville, Wash. PHOTO CREDIT: LAURA MOSS

Upstairs, Downstairs

“Ed Menapace is the gas. I’m the brakes,” is what we say at The Farmhouse Store. Ed’s got vision and big ideas. He plots each next step in our retail adventure. I bring caution, day-to-day detail and the “what if?” that help us plan each new turn. It’s a good combination. With our shared desire to create an enjoyable place for customers and employees, a solid work ethic and genuine interest in the work of our craftspeople, we’ve created a unique retail experience.

Retail Details

National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi founded the Women of Color Quilter’s Network in 1985. Photo by Gale Zucker

NEA Announces Lifetime Honors Recipients

Among the 13 winners of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Awards is Carolyn Mazloomi, a quilting community advocate from West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi, considered a leading authority on African-American quilts and quilting, was awarded the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship. The award is given to a person making significant contributions to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

“Alice in Wonderland” book scarf.

Impulse Buy: Storiarts

Tori and Chris Tissell prove the adage that it’s better to give than to receive. Just three Christmases ago and “out of desperation” during a very lean year, Tori screen-printed text from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice onto scarves she gave as presents.


Market Calendar

A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through late February 2015.

Recent Articles

Appalachian Spring cranks up its spiffy white Yule Bug and drapes its signature “Celebrate American Craft” banner along the side to serve as its “float” in the annual Reston Town Center Christmas parade.


Kick-Starting Christmas with Community Events

When communities celebrate, businesses prosper, and Christmas is an ideal time for craft shops and galleries to join wholeheartedly in citywide holiday festivities. With opportunities ranging from storefront decorating and window display contests to street caroling and sponsored floats in Yuletide parades, small business retailers have readymade opportunities to join the fun, show their community spirit and entice post-events revelers into their stores.

Gatski Moose Head

Christmas Checklist

As of July 1, there are 177 shopping days until Christmas. Take stock now with this quick checklist: Start a wish list. If you haven’t developed one yet, now’s the time. Once you have one, refer to it often. It will keep you on track, no matter how chaotic your schedule becomes.

Santa with a serious point of view, from Bunny with a Toolbelt http://bunnywithatoolbelt.com/.

Holiday Reminders

There’s nothing in this list that you probably don’t already know. But they all bear repeating, especially as we head into the most critical retail selling season of the year.

Colin sports velveteen leggings and carries a cotton sack filled with aromatic Maine balsam.

So These Are Santa’s Elves?

In Norse folklore, there are creatures called Nisse, elusive elf-like beings who dwell in the woodlands and lend unseen but helpful hands to people who live there. At Christmas time, Norwegians offer small gifts of affection and recognition to the elves to ensure their continued kindness. That’s the kind of folk story the Solli sisters, Marie and Anne, grew up hearing from their Norwegian father.

CERF 3D Charts 1

What 3,500 Working Artists Really Think About the Word ‘Craft’

Most craft artists have grown weary of the long-running conversation about art vs. craft. As far as CERF+ is concerned, that conversation ended long ago. The work of craft artists is art, as valid as any other art form. Its special qualities—the transformation of materials into objects of great beauty, its connection to tradition even in contemporary forms, and the skills that it requires—distinguish craft from other art forms.