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No longer your granny’s craft show — 6 holiday ‘craft’ events that re-purpose, re-imagine, re-connect

Jane Corbett is our Art Director and resident Christmas expert. Here are her top six picks for the shows not to be missed!

I’ve been “craft-sailing” for many years now, and it’s a pastime I still enjoy — it’s a ritual, really, and a big part of getting into the festive season of giving. Gone are the days of porcelain poodles, ducks in bonnets, and dusty dried flower arrangements. Crafting has been embraced by a whole new generation of folks who understand the value of handmade and are into recycling in a big way. You may still find crocheted granny squares, but instead of an afghan, they’ll be sewn onto a garment as a pocket, or re-imagined as a funky Christmas stocking. And while hand-knitted sweaters may be on offer, you’re more likely now to find friendly monsters and embellished scarves made from felted wool sweaters.

The old standards like pottery, jewellery and photography are still on display. So too, are on-trend items like beeswax candles and lip balm, reclaimed clothing and screen-printed cards. In recent years, the edible offerings have been given more floorspace. Along with jams and chutneys, you can now purchase flavoured salts, savory shortbreads, and uniquely blended bitters for drink mixing.

Here is a list of 6 of my favourite shows that offer free admission:

  1. Sandy Hill’s One & Only – Arts and Crafts, Sunday, Nov. 15
    An unusual, eclectic mix of vendors and a free buffet.
    Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. E., 613-564-1062
  1. Glebe Craft Show, Nov. 20, 21, 22
    A little bit of everything, with an ever-changing roster of vendors.
    Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058
  1. Christmas Market, Nov. 28-29; Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
    Food and drink items as well as a good mix of gifts.
    Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Dr., 613-580-2429
  1. Idle Hands – Art, Craft & Vintage, Nov. 29
    A well-curated show, but be prepared for crowds.
    St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St Anthony St., 613-233-1083
  1. Urban Craft Market — Hip. Modern. Handmade, Dec. 5
    Includes local vendors, as well as some from Toronto, Montreal and beyond.
    Glebe Community Centre175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058
  1. Carp Farmer’s Market Christmas Show, Dec. 4-5
    An old-fashioned family event featuring seasonal foods and fresh greenery.
    Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd., 613-839-2172