The Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour has always had something for everyone and this year, while we hunker down in the pandemic, the tour (mostly) moves on-line over the weekend of November 14 and 15. For those renovating their homes, learning new crafts, learning to cook from scratch, looking for children’s activities and wanting to keep warm, the artisans have updated websites and Etsy shops to show and sell their work. Links to all of the sites are found at CraftsOfColrain.com . Although most of the artisans will offer their work only on-line, several of the studios will be open, weather and COVID restrictions permitting. The website will provide up-to-date news.
Cooks will relish wooden spoons and other useful kitchenware from new members Neil and Rosemary Stetson, an enticing array of chicken potholders by Jen Kapitulik in brand-new fabrics, inlaid cutting boards by Al Ladd and classic toast tongs by Ken Noyes, who will display his work outdoors at his workshop. For those embarking on home renovation, hand-forged iron accessories from nails and hooks to sconces and lamps at Morrell Metalsmiths, photographic art from nature from another new member, Mason Willard, photos of Franklin County settings and railroad themes by Joe Kurland, and Peggy Davis’s calligraphy of inspirational words and images will bring a fresh perspective to a home.
Being home has taken on greater meaning these days, and Crafts of Colrain artisans will help one stay warm and busy. Of course, Moonshine Design with its mohair socks, knitted hats and woven wraps and throws by Cynthia Herbert is a popular destination. She plans to be open under tents on the Tour weekend. Artists and crafters will find supplies for felting, knitting, weaving, rug-hooking and spinning at Keldaby and from Carole Adams and Jen Kapitulik.
And while all the artisans have gift-worthy items at their sites and in their studios, special gifts for the season are featured in Inge Jockers’s Etsy shop. She works with gold, silver, bronze and gemstones to create delicate contemporary jewelry inspired by nature and antique designs. Marilyn Beals’s natural-dyed silk scarves, Peggy Davis’s upcycled cloth accessories,
many inspired by Japanese designs, and Carole Adams’s herbal salves, kitty toys and lavender heating pads all make wonderful presents.
Many local businesses continue to support the Crafts of Colrain tour and they are listed on the website. The tour is on the weekend of November 14—15, 10—5 p.m. A link to a sale coupon on the Tour website good for those two days only. http://craftsofcolrain.com