Historical replications and new traditions sold at the Holiday Bazaar

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The Annual Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the New Haven Preservation Society, was held today from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

This event was at the Old New Haven School, 810 Maupin Avenue, New Haven, Mo.  and featured many artisans.

With Christmas just around the corner, this was an opportunity to begin shopping for those special items for special people.

The Bazaar was held to raise money for the New Haven Preservation Society's renovation of the Old New Haven School.  Their current project includes the renovation of a room on the second floor of the building for cataloged research items and additional museum items that will not fit in the first floor museum room.  The Preservation Society held a raffle drawing for numerous items.  Refreshments were also available.

There were historical replications for sale as well as new traditions.  Shown at right are framed "Scherenschnitte", or scissors cuttings by Karen Bonuchi.  This art form is derived from the Swiss-German technique of cutting one piece of paper in a continuous design, although the paper can be folded from one to three times for repeats in the overall pattern.  The earliest Germanic forms date from the mid-sixteen hundreds, most of which are religious pieces.  The earliest forms came to America in the late 18th century in birth certificates and love letters. 

Judy Lagemann has also created pieces of history with her Penny Rugs.  In the 1800's, beginning around the time of the civil war, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, blankets, and hats to create designs for mats or rugs.  Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched with a blanket stitch.  Sometimes a penny was stitched inside the mat to make it flat.  Penny rugs are not actually rugs made for the floor, but for decorative coverings for tables and mantles.

Chelsy V. Fabric and Metal Designs had a great assortment of items at the bazaar.  Below, two of the numerous ways to wear a scarf are presented.