Photos from the Holiday Party!

The Crafty Cotillion celebrated the season of gift-giving with a fun little get-together at Wholly Craft, delicious food (chocolate fountain!!) and a fabulous secret gift-swap.
Big thanks to Olivia for being such a lovely hostess, and thanks to everyone for participating in the gift swap. I don't think anyone will be complaining that they received something lame!
Here are some great photos from the evening, thanks to Patrice! See more at the Crafty Cotillion Flickr photoset.


A great week for Anne Holman!

First, Anne appeared on Good Morning Columbus, to talk about Etsy, handmade gifts for the holidays, and the Handmade Pledge.

Then, I just noticed that she scored a spot on the front page of Etsy! (There is her Glass Bouquet Necklace, top center).

Way to go, Anne! You rock our socks off.


Tiny Canary This Weekend!!

Inspired by the DIY craft movement, Tiny Canary Indie Design Market, was organized to support independent designers and artists locally and regionally while celebrating the spirit of the handmade community worldwide.

An alternative for the gift giving season, Tiny Canary, a modern arts and crafts market, will have over 40 independent designers and makers of everything from jewelry and handmade clothing, to original plush and home d├ęcor. November 17 and 18, from 10 am – 6 pm each day, Junctionview Studios (889 Williams Ave. Grandview Heights, Ohio) will serve as a temporary marketplace for early holiday shoppers who prefer a unique alternative to the overcrowded and over-commercialized shopping malls. Parking and entrance to the event are free.

Not only will shoppers have the opportunity to purchase some truly unique items, but they can also speak to the creator of the items themselves. In a time when sustainability and buying local is becoming more prevalent and valued, purchasing handmade goods directly from artists and designers is an assured way to see that the dollars spent are going directly to fuel an individual’s creative drive and the local economy.

Tiny Canary is organized by Aline Yamada and Anne Holman, both self-employed mothers and independent artists themselves, who felt the desire to provide an opportunity to regional artists as well as create an awareness of the rapidly growing community of crafters worldwide. As enthusiastic buyers and sellers on Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods, the two have witnessed the growth and camaraderie amongst people like themselves who have found the support to make a living doing what they love. “There is nothing quite like knowing that the item you buy has been created individually by someone’s hands. It really adds a lot to know that someone put their time, creativity and soul into the object.” states Yamada. Adding to that, Holman says “Buying handmade is such a purposeful and hopeful act. You are investing in someone’s life and future, rather than supporting a big box store with no compassion for the individual. ” Yamada and Holman have each signed the pledge at BuyHandmade.org, stating they intend to give handmade gifts for the holidays, and prefer that others do the same for them. Tiny Canary will be a perfect opportunity to get started on your handmade holiday.

For more information: www.tinycanary.com

Contact: thebird@tinycanary.com
Phone: 614.361.4090


Tiny Canary Vendor Spotlights

I have created thread on ColumbusUnderground.com about the upcoming Tiny Canary. I will be doing a few vendor spotlights each week, so be on the lookout!


North Market Contest!

North Market Holiday Food Festival

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Along with showcasing all the delicious and unique offerings the North Market has year around and especially during the holiday season, we will host our first ever Gingerbread House Contest. The contest judging will begin at Noon where a panel of architects and designers will select the winner. The grand prize is a $250 North Market shopping and dining spree. All houses become the property of the North Market and will be kept on display in the windows of the Dispatch Kitchen through the month of December.

Parking is available at the North Market for $1.00/hour (up to two hours), with validation from a North Market merchant. There is also a limited amount of meters around the Market and a parking garage located on Vine Street.

Bring your family and friends to support you! We have so much planned for this day like live music, oodles of cooking demonstrations and the opportunity for your kids to make and decorate their own mini gingerbread houses!

Please call Mary Martineau, Director of Marketing, to have a contest registration form mailed to you or if you have any questions, 614-463-9664.

See you at the Market!

Upcoming Goodness @ Wholly Craft

In case you're not on the Wholly Craft email list, here is the text of the most recent newsletter. Enjoy!


2 Year Anniversary Party!!
Friday October 26, 7-10pm

Join us in celebrating our 2 year anniversary with a
special Halloween happy hour bash that will get you
rearing to go for the rest of the party weekend and

for the future of your favorite DIY craft store! Enjoy
free food and drink while reveling to the sounds of a
Live DJ! And it’s not a party without a costume
contest, so get cracking on your homemade costume this
year! If you need another reason to wear your
Halloween best: Costume clad partygoers get 20% off

anything in the store! Cheers to Two Years!

Alison Rose Fall Line Up Launch!
Friday November 2, 7-11pm

Local designers Alison Rose launch their new line with
an extra special trunk show at Wholly Craft! Come to
check out all new handscreened t-shirts, totes,
wallets, and much more! And while you’re here, stick
around for free food and drink and some excellent live
music featuring: Eric Metronome, Bird and Flower, and
Joe Anderl. This is a show not to be missed! Get a
preview of the goods at www.alisonrose.com


Twisted Stitches: Weekly Knitting Labs!
Every Sunday Night, 6-8pm

Lab Fee: $5
Bring your needles and yarn and take your knitting
skills to the next level! Come for one session or come

for them all! A new skill is covered every week: 10/14
– Increasing and Decreasing, 10/21 – Read your
Knitting, 10/28 – Cabling, 11/4 – Fair Isle /
Two-color Knitting, 11/11 – Magic Loop, 11/18 --
Finishing Tricks.

Decoupage It!
Wednesdays October 17 and 24, 6:30-8pm
Class Fee: $25
Ever wanted to learn the art of decoupage from an
expert ‘pager? Here you’ll learn several handy
techniques to turn ordinary objects into practical
collages. We’ll use a simple frame, your own
paper/imagery, and our collective imagination. We’ll
add a few embellishments to the project and finish it

off in two simple sessions. The skills you’ll gain can
later be applied to just about anything you can get to

stand still long enough. Materials Fee: $5 (all
materials provided)

Amigurumi Crochet
Thursdays, October 18 and 25, 6:30-8pm
Class Fee: $25
During this class you will discover the art of
amigurumi crochet and create your very own little
creature! Very basic crochet skills required During
the first session, we will learn how to crochet both
the body and legs so it can be finished at home.

During the second session, we will attach the legs,
embroider the mouth, add the plastic eye, stuff and

seal up.
Materials Fee: $10 (all materials and tools included)

Spin Your Own Darn Yarn!
Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm
Class Fee: $15

If you’ve ever been dazzled at the amazing
possibilities different yarns offer to your knitting
projects, now is the time to try your hand at
spinning! Creating your own yarn is the next step for
any dedicated follower of fiber. In this workshop,

you’ll make a drop spindle, learn the basics, and
start spinning away!
Class Fee: $15
Materials Fee: $10

Felted Book Covers

Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2-4pm
Class Fee: $25
In this weekend intensive, you’ll master the art of
wet felting (it’s messy but fun!) and create a u
felted journal cover that makes the perfect gift.
Felting will covered during the first session, and the
next day we will sew the journal together and add
Materials Fee: $10 (for wool, binding, and journal

Materials Needed: First session: latex gloves, Second
Session: scissors, sewing and embroidery needles,
yarn, embroidery thread, beads, needle felting
supplies, or any other embellishments for your journal

Holiday Cards Part 1: Stamping
Monday November 12, 6-8pm
Class Fee: $15
Create your own unique holiday cards this year using a
variety of stamping techniques taught by author and
stamping master Heidi Kinnamon! She’s demonstrate
several methods that come together to form elaborate
cards unique to your own sense of style.

Holiday Cards Part 2: Print Gocco
Wednesday November 14, 6-8pm
Fee: $15

What is the magical screenprinting machine that
revolutionized home stationery in Japan in the 1970’s?
Well, it’s the Print Gocco , a little wonder that can
burn a screen in seconds and easily print any small
image onto greeting cards, paper, and more! Jessie is
a veteran Gocco enthusiast and will help you create

your own set of holiday cards.
Materials Fee: $10
Note: your materials fee includes what you need to
make one master screen, a small selection of paper to

print on, and a variety of premade clip art and text
you can use to create an original. If you have an
idea already of what you'd like to make in class, you
are welcome to bring along your own artwork and/or
text- I recommend making a clean, crisp photocopy (not
a computer print-out) of your image, no larger than 4
by 6 inches. Questions? Contact Jessie at

Beginning Knitting
Thursdays, November 15 and 29, 6:30-8pm
Class Fee: $25

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Learn to knit
and share the bounty of your new skills with your
loved ones this season! This class is for absolute
beginners---we’ll start with the basics and move on up
to some serious scarf making. Seasoned knitter
Adrienne of the Crafty Beavers will teach us
casting-on, basic knit and purl stitches, changing
colors, and casting-off. In this class we’ll make an
ipod/cell phone cozie and a scarf. All materials for
the cozie will be provided and the materials list for
the scarf will be discussed on the first night.
Materials Fee: $2


Hey Crafters—Scion’s Craft My Ride Contest is almost
over! If you haven’t come up with a design yet, get

You have from now until October 22 to submit accessory
designs for items such as key chains, seat covers,
floor mats, steering wheel covers, tissue holders,
etc., to www.CraftMyRide.com. Crafters will need to go
to the website to obtain rules and instructions. A
pool of crafty retail stores (including Wholly
Craft!) chosen from across the United States will
judge submissions, and finalists (who will then have
to actually create the design) will be chosen in
November. Judges will select the winners based on
creativity, usefulness, and marketability. The first
place winner will receive a 2008 Scion xD, with the
second place and third place winners receiving $1,000
and $500 respectively. So get crafting in a hurry and
hopefully find your self in a sweet, sweet Scion this


For Tiny Canary Indie Design Market, November 17 and
18th from 10am-6pm at Junctionview Studios. Tiny
Canary is an arts and crafts market bringing together
40 amazing designers for your holiday shopping
pleasure. Check out www.tinycanary.com for all the

Hope to see you soon!

Wholly Craft

Wholly Craft
3169 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 447-3445
Open 1-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.


Crafty Cotillion Members Exhibiting at Agora Columbus!

The Crafty Cotillion is well-represented at the upcoming Agora Columbus show.

So what is Agora?
Agora is "an immersive event that brings artists and art patrons together to celebrate Central Ohio's diverse and talented creative community. Agora guests have the opportunity to view and purchase hundreds of works of art, wander through fifty working artists' studios, experience performance acts, enjoy a variety of musical guests, and participate in seasonal activities. The event is designed to be enjoyable for guests of all ages. Everyone is invited to be a part of the experience."

And who is signed up to exhibit?
Tons of talented folks, including:
Jen Adrion
Anne Holman
Amy Neiwirth
Liz Rosino
Sharon Bell
Megan Green
Jessica McCoskey

There are only a few days left to register as an artist! Do it now!


Meeting Tonight! 8pm! Surly Girl!

Craftin Outlaws
It's the last Monday of the month, so you know what that means- Meeting!

Columbus Crafty Cotillion Meeting. Monday night, Sept. 24th, back room of Surly Girl
8 pm
The discussion topic will be "Craft Projects Gone Awry". So bring an example of something you made that turned out to be a disaster. And regale us with the tale of how it all went wrong!! :)
Don't wimp out, people. Everyone better be there!!

(and if you were at Craftin Outlaws, leave your pics in the Flickr Pool!)


Shop Crafty Columbus!

If you look to the right (on the sidebar), you will see the brand-new list entitled "Shop Crafty Columbus". It includes the online stores & blogs of many Columbus folks, along with descriptions of what they make/sell.

If your shop was left off of the list, feel free to add it, of post a reply here with your info!


Craftin' Outlaws in the Alive!

Alive Article Starring Liz
Check out the article in the Alive about Craftin Outlaws and don't forget to stop in at Skully's tomorrow. Details: Craftin' Outlaws


Member Spotlight!

Rivet Gallery
Laura Kuenzli, Gallery Owner
by Roger Grosswiler From the Columbus Alive!

Laura Kuenzli opened Rivet, a designer toy store and art gallery, just in time for June's Gallery Hop. "What's the big deal?" art enthusiasts might ask. Spaces like this, which offer in limited-edition runs the kind of lowbrow flavor found in Juxtapoz magazine, just aren't that common, period.
The majority of them are in larger cities already known for endless amounts of sweet stuff. Rivet joins Kidrobot, Schmancy and similar establishments in places like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto.
While some stores in Columbus carry a handful of designer toys mixed in with other items, Rivet's retail focus is the toys. Some related art books and prints by artists who've shown at the space, or who fit with Kuenzli's aesthetic, are also regular fixtures.
Since opening shop, the business owner and curator has had plenty of artists e-mailing and stopping by to express interest in showing there. What she's put together so far is varied and impressive, including the nationally touring benefit show GimmeShelter.
The rest of this year features two-person shows, except for November, which will feature the plush toy group show Stuff This. England's Doktor A is on the schedule to showcase his paintings, sculptures and customized toys, and according to Kuenzli, her exhibition schedule is filling up through the spring.
Rivet Designer Toy and Art Gallery. 1200 N. High St., Short North 614-294-8697
Web: myspace.com/rivetgallery

Kuenzli also reported that on the retail side, her first few months of business have been a success. There's been a steady increase of both Gallery Hop attendees and general shoppers, including out-of-town visitors. Items have been moving steadily, and because when designer toys are gone, they're gone, there were only a couple of familiar items from my last visit.
"Turning inventory over faster has taken some getting used to," Kuenzli said. "It's a matter of finding what will appeal to people." If a new and exciting retail and gallery space and a most accommodating proprietor fit the bill, she's already found it.

Craftin' Outlaws!

Craftin' Outlaws is this Saturday from noon to 7pm at Skully's Music Dinner in the Short North. There will be 60 great 'indie crafters' under one roof! Coupons for the 1st 100 in the door and RAFFLE PRIZES! Whoo-hoo!
Free to get in and where else can you see so much of the hotness of the Columbus Crafty Cotillion under one roof?
For now, just watch the YouTube Promo video.


Boost Your Business: Contribute to The Sampler!

September was my first month as a contributor for The Sampler. Now what is The Sampler, you might ask?

Well, it's a very clever system where indie business owners & crafters send in samples of their work each month. People can purchase subscription to The Sampler, and when they receive it, they'll get a potpourri of adorably-packaged items from fabulous DIY folk! Not only is it great for the subscribers, it's good for you because it's a tool to promote you and your indie business.
Some of the subscribers are important media people who, if they are wowed by your samples, can feature you in their magazine or blog!

You can contribute anywhere from 25 to 200+ items, plus up to 350 promos (like business cards or logo buttons).
It's fairly labor-intensive and requires some extra planning, but it's worth it. Oh, and did I mention that if you contribute, you get a FREE Sampler for that month?

Etsy.com's new e-zine, the Storque, has an excellent article about The Sampler.

For September's Sampler, I contributed 25 little apple hairpins with a "back to school" theme.
Designing the packaging was the most fun.

If you are thinking about contributing, here are some very helpful links:
If you have contributed to The Sampler before, post a comment and share your experiences!


Welcome one and all!

Welcome everyone to the blog of the Columbus Crafty Cotillion! We are a collective group, striving to support each other and increase awareness of the scene in Columbus. We have meetings at Surly Girl the last Monday of the month and will try and keep info posted here. We hope to hav biweekly featured artists on this site along with updates on events in the area. Browse around, look at our Flickr Pool on the right, and buy things from our sites and Etsy!