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'Art to Wear & More' showcases local textile artists

Fashion shows and big sale of wearable art at Shepard Center

Find unique creations by local textile artists at Art to Wear & More at Shepard Center.

Find unique creations by local textile artists at Art to Wear & More at Shepard Center.

Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts

One of the seasons most colorful (and shop-able) shows and sales returns this weekend when the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts presents its “2022 Art to Wear & More” show and sale.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, the show and sale will fill the Shepard Garden and Arts Center with handmade (and locally created) textiles, crafts and more.

After a year off due to COVID restrictions, this popular event returned last year as a one-day show and sale. Now, it’s back to a full weekend.

“Last year, we eased out of the pandemic with a one-day event,” say the organizers. “This year we are back to two days, November 12 and 13. Don’t miss the biggest event of the SCTA year! Take care of some holiday shopping and connect with creative artists.”

Shoppers will find gifts galore as well as inspiration to create something themselves. (Several of the fabrics and yarns are hand dyed with locally grown plants – another creative aspect of gardening.) Admission and parking are free.

Dozens of local artists and craftspeople will display their creations including a unique modeling opportunity.

“Start in the courtyard Saturday at 10 a.m. with our popular fashion show featuring handcrafted items by our member artists, highlighting items available to purchase when doors open at 11 a.m.,” say the organizers. “Then browse inside and chat with the artists. You’ll find jewelry, handbags, needle arts, clothing, book arts, gifts, and more.

“Sunday’s schedule will be the same, except the fashion show will feature creative clothing made and modeled by the ‘Sew What? Art to Wear’ group led by Janet Becker,” they add.

Light refreshments will be available, and live music will be featured on the patio after the fashion show. In addition to the sale, the center will hold a silent auction for some prized pieces.

“This is a great way to start – or maybe finish – your holiday shopping,” say the artists.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.



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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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