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Krista Kozlik’s local wood lamps shed a divine light. The Madison designer plans on expanding her line. more

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Jay Rath

Petrarch wrote “There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm…”. That sentiment is true at Spring Green’s Parus Pen, where Dan Ouimet handcrafts fine writing implements. more

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Heather Matanock

Blue Bar Quilts picks up where Stitcher’s Crossing left off. The Middleton shop embraces all manner of the fabric arts. more

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Alex Hohlstein hand crafts guitars and more. He’s even made a guitar from a local tree branch. more

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David Michael Miller

The first ever Madison Area Yarn Hop celebrates yarn, sheep, and fiber arts. Ten south central yarn shops, woolen mills and farms are participating. more

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Late-night crafts serve daytime uses, and they’re made in Middleton by the Crafty Night Owl. Her mini-aprons, scarves and car trash bags are for sale at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. more

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The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival should attract a diverse crowd. Farmers will admire a wide variety of breeds of sheep. Cooks will find cooking demos. Dog lovers will head to the stock dog trials. And everyone will want to see the newborn lambs. more

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Mazomanie furniture maker Fabian Fischer makes pieces the old-fashioned way: using hand tools and traditional methods. more

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Madison has long been a mecca for knitters, and the pull of the wool just got stronger with launch of a store for Knitcircus on Madison’s west side. more

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Madison’s Angela Richardson is the creator of these sock monsters/aliens/crazy animals, which kids make themselves. The next sock monster session is Aug. 18 at Pinney Library. more

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Candice Wagener

Forget Me Not Studio houses an eclectic collection of home goods. Featured dinnerware designs have an Old World, colorful, hand-painted look, as do table linens. more

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Candice Wagener

The gallery is not be as big as what you find at MMoCA or the Chazen, but the heart and soul that goes into the art space and gift shop at VSA Wisconsin on Madison’s north side is just as big, if not bigger. more

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Shelby Deering

I am not a naturally crafty person. Most of the time I found crafting to be stressful. That is, until I took a class recently at Middleton’s The Regal Find. more

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Lorraine Torrence runs her businesses, Grainline Gear and Lorraine Torrence Designs, out of an office on Williamson Street. But you’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of her before; she’s a recent transplant from the west coast. more

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SketchBox is not to be confused with Skoshbox, though they’re both boxes of stuff that get sent to your door monthly. more

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Candice Wagener

Last September, longtime Monroe Street favorite the Knitting Tree relocated to a brand new building a block away from its original spot. Current owner Jackie Shanahan calls it “a perfect opportunity, like a dream come true.” more

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Don't overlook Gayfeather Fabrics' “treasure chest” of buttons. more

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Candice Wagener

Whether you’re a DIYer with an environmentally conscious side or a garage sale shopper with some pieces you’d like to fancy up, consider milk paint for your next project. The Ironstone Nest in downtown Sun Prairie is the place to learn all about it. more

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Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

"Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women's Carpets" highlights the rich textile tradition of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The exhibition offers a stark contrast to the common contemporary views of a country stricken by violence and turmoil. more

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Sharon Vanorny

Does the thought of staying up all night for a Black Friday sale or even just trying to find parking at the mall in December make you cringe? If so, consider visiting one of Madison's local holiday markets. more

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