LEETONIA- The Leetonia area artisans are hosting their 17th annual Homespun Christmas tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Saturday and Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 24 and 25.
According to the artisans participating this year, the event offers an opportunity for community members to support local crafters while appreciating their wares.
"It's a hometown event, so there is support of local home and small businesses in the Leetonia area," explained Linda Durham of Off Main in Washingtonville, stop number 9 this year.
Leetonia area crafters are hosting their 17th annual Homespun Christmas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Nov. 24 and 25. The event offers hand- and home-made craft and food items. From left, Karie Shaum, Kathie Sabatino, Linda Durham and Katie Shaum display some of the items that will be featured on the tour. For information visit Homespun Christmas Tour on Facebook. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
"It's a good opportunity for people to see all the talent we have here, too," added Kathie Sabatino of The Sewing Room, stop number 7 on the tour.
Shoppers may start at any location and visit any or all of the stops. Each crafter will have a door prize drawing and a special drawing will be held for visitors who stop at all locations by having a program stamped at each shop and leaving it at the last one visited.
For information visit Homespun Christmas Tour on Facebook.
No. 1- closed Sundays- Amish Quilts and Crafts, 41658 Kelly Park Road, 330-482-3230; handmade quilts, quilting fabrics and supplies, as well as handmade gifts, children's clothing and homemade baked goods. Lunch of sloppy joes, potato salad, cookies and coffee will also be available.
No. 2- The Cranberry Shed, Gerry Pirone, 5007 Fairfield School Road, 330-482-9995; mixture of vintage, hand-crafted and new items, including ornaments, garlands, linens and decorative pieces.
No. 3- Old Times, Sue Hahn, 41547 state Route 558, 330-482-3978; a log house where Hahn, a basket maker, spinner, quilter and weaver, offers her functional baskets of all shapes and sizes. Sally "The Seat Weaver" will be demonstrating her craft.
No. 4- Monica Hoperich Home, 5210 Leetonia Road, 330-424-7672; open the first weekend only; features one-of-a-kind hand-woven items using recycled durable fabrics. This year's items include wool and cotton rugs, table runners, placemats and mug rugs. Karen Harrold (330-549-0062) will offer hand-painted wood crafts, including benches and cupboards made from old doors and windows; Santas, chainsaw-cut snowmen, angels, gourds and other seasonal items; and wind chimes made from antique and recycled kitchen utensils. Tony Lights by Tony Greier (330-427-2022) offers artistic candles featuring a variety of "Fruit Preserve" gel candles in mason jars, as well as traditional waxes including Beeswax and Natural Soy Wax, and a variety of hand-cast painted paper ornaments.
No. 5- The Salt Box, Mary Lou Adams, 39866 Crestview Road, 330-427-0407; features Colonial Primitives and French Country items, painted wood furniture and hand-stitched items such as wreaths and garlands.
No. 6- Wilms Floral & Greenhouse and Wilms Christmas at the Homestead, 37563 state Route 558, 330-427-6220; hand-decorated fresh and artificial wreaths, trees, swags, centerpieces, cemetery cans and pillows; also features gift ideas such as curtains, placemats and gift baskets, as well as soups and dips to sample.
No. 7- The Sewing Room, Kathie Sabatino, 1785 state Route 344, 330-337-3887; features homemade quilts and unique creations including fabric coiled baskets and mats, wool items, handmade purses and tree ornaments. There is also longarm quilting machine rental and classes.
No. 8- Heather MacNaughton, 262 Main St., 330-831-7252; features shortbread cookies and tea in a Scottish atmosphere. Pat's Prims and Collectables (234-855-7174) offers a variety of small antiques and primitives including wooden Santas, primitive snowmen and stenciled signs, as well as gingham candy canes and gingerbread men, Blossom Bucket figures and prim battery lights.
No. 9- Off Main, Linda Durham, 605 W. Main St., Washingtonville, 330-301-9739; Amish furniture of small unique items and custom designs, as well as Christmas decorations.
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