Shop Hop Features Quilt Display, Textiles

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Pine merchants are holding their Saturday Shop Hop from 4 to 8 p.m., Sept. 13.

The monthly event takes place the second Saturday of each month through October to entice residents and visitors to stop by the galleries and shops in Pine.

This month's festivities focus on textile arts with participating shops displaying and selling quilts. Visit any Shop Hop location all day on Sept. 13 to view quilts and to receive a free door prize ticket to win a pine forest-themed quilt that has been pieced and quilted by Kris Lovetro (Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques) and Brenda Mish (The Quilt Shop). No purchase is necessary to receive one chance per participating Shop Hop location. This gives each shopper the possibility of receiving 10 chances to win the quilt.

Brenda Mish, at the Quilt Shop, recently opened her shop at the Old Settler's Village in Pine. Mish, who specializes in longarm quilting, says, "The longarm machine provides the opportunity to create motion in a quilt, something difficult to achieve on a home machine or by hand quilting.

Kris Lovetro of Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques began embroidering, knitting and crocheting when she was 6 years old; making doll clothes at age 9. Lovetro recalls, "I loved home arts, making beautiful clothes, taking home economics in sixth grade.

"I made my own wedding dress on the same machine I learned to sew on."

Lovetro has won two ribbons at the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show, second place in 2006 and third place in 2007 as viewers' choice awards.

At Pine Country Antiques, fiber artist Rowena Tank will demonstrate techniques of spinning wool into yarn using a spinning wheel and knitting creatively on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Garlausky says, "At Pine Country Antiques, we've added a yarn and knitting supplies room, carrying yarns from Brown Sheep Wool Company and Louet North America and beautiful patterns by Fiber Trends, Mari, Dolce Handknits and accessories by Susan Bates.

"Soon we will carry spinning wheels and begin knitting classes."

For the September Shop Hop, Pine Country Antiques will offer a free chance to win a knitting kit which includes a Fiber Trends purse pattern with two skins of Brown Sheep Wool Company's Lambs Pride yarn, needles and fall 2008 Interweaves Knit magazine.

Myra's Art Gallery features digital photographer Steve Bingham, who will familiarize spectators with manipulating digital images. His work pushes into new and exciting areas. Come watch this unique style of artistic expression.

Explore the whimsical children's book, "The Insect Wonderland," with Marguerite Young, grandniece of author and illustrator Sybil Kane, who appears in costume for book signing and photos.

Live entertainment will be provided by Trouble in Paradise with Chuck and Barbara Casey at Myra's Gallery.

Crystal Lotus Gallery and Spiritual Life Center features fine art, crystals and jewelry. Take the opportunity to speak with Cherry Crane, intuitive card reader. See a folk dancing performance with Su von Mazo's women's dance group. Listen to live entertainment by guitarist Dan Griffith.

Carol's Country Crafts at Old Settler's Village, which claims to be "the Biggest Little Country Store in Pine," has handcrafted, handpainted gifts, home d├ęcor and "the best salt water taffy on the Rim."

Visions Speaking is now in a new location at the Old Settler's Village. Bobbie Tullo and Dana Lewis invite you to stop by and see an array of rocks, fossils and gemstones along with an assortment of antiques, collectibles and gift items. Refreshments are available to visitors at Old Settler's shops.

Pine by Design's mother/daughter managing team says, "Come by and see our selection of infant-size Halloween costumes. You can order these enchanting costumes now in time for trick-or-treating, parties and picture taking." A new item in stock is Robeez infant shoes. Come see the new fashion jewelry at this unique gift shop. Find great deals on spring and summer clearance items.

It's ginger time at the Gingerbread House, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with selections of fun flavors with good ingredients. Shop Hop specials include homemade ginger cake, cookies and ginger ale floats. Enjoy complimentary iced tea and discounts throughout the Gingerbread House Antique Store.

Our House offers a smart selection of antiques, local art, gifts, candles, crosses and home furnishings. Delight in provisions for the bed, bath, body and soul.

For more information, contact: Lorna Pietrantonio, Pine Country Antiques, (928) 476-2219.

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