Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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November 20, 2007

Inaugural craft show comes to Brownsburg

BROWNSBURG — Sheron Elsbury and Debbie Wingler have been friends for about 20 years, and have recently collaborated to organize the first annual “A Little Bit of Christmas” craft show and bake sale.

The ladies used to enjoy the “Santa’s Shoppe” craft show in Brownsburg, which will no longer be held, so they thought there was a need to replace it.

“We thought ‘why don’t we continue the tradition,’” Wingler said. “There are fewer and fewer avenues for those who make handmade crafts.”

Elsbury is known as “The Cotton Stitcher” for a new kind of quilting called cotton theory quilting, which she discovered three years ago. A lady by the name of Betty Cotton invented this type of quilting, where the quilt is put together backward and all of the work is done on a sewing machine.

Elsbury traveled to Wisconsin to attend a week-long program to become certified in cotton stitching, and then went back for another week to become advanced certified. She is one of only a few to be certified in the country, and the only one in the Hendricks County area. She travels the Midwest teaching at quilting shops, sewing guilds, and clubs. And she teaches a class regularly at the Viking dealership inside the Jo Ann craft stores in Avon and Castleton. More information about her instruction is available online at www.thecottonstitcher.com.

“I love teaching it, and I love doing it,” she said.

Wingler is known as “dwebby,” and got into crafting through Elsbury and her mother, who had a booth at the former Avon Craft Mall. She said she used to do a lot of woodwork, specializing in Noah’s ark boats and figurines, which were sold at the Family Christian Store in Plainfield. She can no longer do the intricate painting required due to rheumatoid arthritis, so she has found another avenue for her creativity.

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