"We're so happy to welcome Barb into the Cross Roads family, and this is just another reason that folks should keep visiting us. New things are happening all the time!" said Wendy Graham, fudge vendor and president of the Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market board of directors. "We always strive to improve and change things up a bit, and the addition of another quality artisan is just one way we do that."
This newest vendor, who celebrated her grand opening on Saturday, July 12, is Barb Baker. She owns the Thumbs Up booth, and will feature handmade French flower beading that she will demonstrate on-site, as well as many other works of art.
Baker has been a crafter for so long that it was inevitable that she would branch out and find new avenues for her artistic side. Although she has been a crafter for years, she continues to grow as an artist. So this veteran seamstress and crochet artisan has years of experience with a needle. She can make fabric and yarn into gorgeous pieces. She is a master.
The wooden pieces are stained and finished by Baker’s own hands, just she hand-creates each of the items she sells. The French beading is so intricate and detailed that it must be seen to be fully appreciated.
And now she has expanded her art. At Thumbs Up, look for scroll saw clocks, fretwork, and French flower beading, as well as her other quality handmade pieces.
"The best thing about my product is that it is locally crafted and limitless in creative possibilities, and I can't wait to share it with you," Baker said.
After years of making various crafts, Baker got interested in other things. The result was that four years ago she began beading, and now produces the gorgeous French flower bead items that grace her shop at Cross Roads. Then, as if that weren't enough, two years ago she took to the scroll saw. Now this artisan makes her wares in fabric, yarn, beads, and wood. There is so much to appreciate at Thumbs Up.
The wooden pieces are stained and finished by Baker's own hands, just she hand-creates each of the items she sells. The French beading is so intricate and detailed that it must be seen to be fully appreciated. Barb loves to demonstrate on-site and share her love of the craft, so she invites folks to stop by and ask about her work.
"If you only had time to see one thing in my booth, I recommend the French flower beading, because it is so unique that it would be difficult to find anywhere else," says Baker.
Baker welcomes the opportunity to do custom orders. If she can make what visitors want, she will, so folks should never be afraid to ask.
Barb Baker is a new vendor at Cross Roads, and chose the venue because "everyone is so friendly. I love the family atmosphere, great reputation, and quality products made by local crafters. Cross Roads is the perfect setting for our product because of its reputation for uniqueness and quality."
Open from the first week in May until the last Saturday before Christmas, Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market, located at 6017 Westfield-Sherman Road (County Route 21) in Westfield NY, is a charming, rustic destination. The cooperative is always looking for more vendors and artists. For more information, visit www.TheCrossRoadsMarket.com or check out their Facebook page. Stop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.