Friday, December 7, 2012

We're Makin' a List...Check it Out!

Shop hours at Textures are extended NOW through Dec. 23rd:
  • Mon. - Fri.: 9:30 am to 9 p.m.
  • Sat.: 9:30 am to 6 p.m.
  • Sun.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Snowflakes are in the air-- and that means it’s holiday shopping time!

To help you out, here is a selection of locally hand-crafted gifts from our artisan members at Textures.  Gifts to please anyone on your list:

-silver wire necklaces & earrings
-painted leather bracelets & earrings

-really cute snowman pottery mugs

-pure local honey in many flavours

-fabric flower bouquets

-cuddly, washable baby blankets

-new colours in hand-blown glass spider balls

-handrolled or molded beeswax candles

-scarves---silk, curly, felted, knit  (the forecast is for a cold, snowy winter, so a really nice scarf would be great!)
-Christmas stockings made from vintage fabrics

-a great selection of ornaments in all media

-stoneware or porcelain serving bowls for a lovely table

-thrum mitts, hand-knit socks and slippers

-kitty clocks-- photo or cyber

-travel journals and turned wood pens
-raku pendants, a real fashion statement

-cutting boards for the chefs

-knitted flying cats for kids or adults

-matted photos of local beauty sites by the Greenbelt Guy

-colourful fused glass salad bowls and servers (gorgeous)
-simple, elegant pictures from stones or buttons

-original stained glass window pieces, large or small

-hand-turned wood salad bowl

-a great selection of original cards suitable for $ gifts or framing

-sock monkey hockey stars
And if you just can’t decide, we offer gift certificates!

Artisan Profile:  June Barber

June Barber was already a dynamic world traveler before joining Textures in 1986.  The Wadena, Saskatchewan farm girl’s nursing career took her to Saskatoon, then London, England where she and her high school sweetheart, Doug, pursued post-graduate educations, before settling in Dundas and raising four children. 

While practicing nursing, nurturing her young family, and assisting her husband as he co-founded Gennum Corporation, June’s desire for learning and self improvement led her to take up ceramics and become a potter.  Her simple style and perfect technique evokes Japanese elegance, and has brought her renown.  Through this passion, June came to Textures. 

As one of three volunteer “Core Members” who oversee the operations of Textures Craftworks, June holds the essential position of Shop Manager and shows a personal commitment to quality in all aspects of the business.  Dedicated to the success of Textures, June consistently shows a positive customer focus and natural leadership.

June’s professionalism shows through her active listening, effective and appropriate communications, and good role modeling for other members. A valuable resource to our customers, June shares her vast knowledge of creative materials and processes to help them make the best purchase decisions based on their requirements. 

June’s extensive travels gave her an appreciation of the graciousness and politeness found in typical Japanese and British shops as she searched for authentic local arts and crafts, and she brings these qualities home to Hamilton, where she welcomes the world to Textures!

Emerald Green named as
Pantone's colour for 2013

"It celebrates new life...and speaks of optimism for the future".

 Keep an eye out for more emerald green items to pop up in the coming year!



Monday, November 12, 2012

19 Things to Load on Santa's Sleigh

Another year has all but flown by, ushering in our 30th year in business.  It has been a tremendous year for us so far, with you voting for us as your Best Craft Shop in the recent Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards.  Now we are entering the final countdown to Christmas!

The artisans of Textures (a.k.a. Santa's elves) have been hard at work all year, and are now ramping up even more to offer the best handcrafted wares for all your holiday gift-giving and decorating needs!

The Christmas trees have started arriving at Textures, and more items will continue to arrive throughout the holidays - check back with us often.  And if you see something you like, you better snap it up to avoid disappointment!

Shop hours at Textures are extended from December 1st through 23rd:
  • Mon. - Fri.:  9:30 am to 9 p.m.
  • Sat.:  9:30 am to 6 p.m.
  • Sun.:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Here are a few items we've been working on to get the ideas flowing:

Turned wood pens by Malcolm Cumming

Snowman mugs by Diane Irons

Stained glass by Beth Paulin

Assorted glass ornaments by various artisans

Fused glass suncatchers

Holiday candle votives by Clemencia Prieto

Cross-stitch ornaments by Helen Pergentile

Fimo ornaments by Heather Stone

Felt ornaments by Ingrid Rambarran

Turned wood ornaments by Malcolm Cumming

Button cards by Ginelle Bucher

Package topper/hair clip by Linda Somerville

Coral and brass earrings by Sandra Rodwell

Snowman hair clip by Linda Somerville

Cyber clock by Sharon Beasley

Hand-knitted socks by Mary Jean Marcuzzi

Felted jewelry by Barb Dillon

Silver pendants by Tracey Brailsford

Sock monkeys by Margo Griffith


Textures Artisan Profile:  Patti Fortune

My paintings are a celebration of life … of dreams and imagination … and the beauty that surrounds us.
I enjoy the creative time I spend in my studio where I am able to reflect upon life, create new ideas and ultimately share my enthusiasm and inspiration with others.

Being creative and caring for the people that I love and admire, is for me the greatest expression of all that I am passionate about … truly embracing me in happiness.
It is my desire to create and celebrate the success of what we do in our lives and to be an inspiration to be the best we can be.

For me my art is the positive energy of life every day and a reminder to enjoy the moment.
I am currently expanding my work to include words to wear … jewellery that is inspired by the words in my paintings.

Have a wonderful day,


So that concludes today's blog post.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun at the shop.

Hope to see you there soon!


Textures Craftworks
236 Locke Street South (at Charlton)
Hamilton, ON  L8P 4B7


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