Local artist Laverne Zabielski has been making her own wool fabric recently.
She calls her creations, made by felting merino wool and applying color, "pelts" because they look like animals skins
Zabielski creates large pieces of felt from alpaca or merino wool batting. Then she paints and dyes at least three colors onto the fabric. "These 'pelts' are meant to be touched," she says. "If not hanging on the wall, they can be wrapped around you."
Check out Zabielski's collection from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery, 903 Manchester Street, during Gallery Hop. Her works will be on display through Dec. 17. Also on view are designs by Sarah Janes Estes, Laura Cox and Soreyda Begley of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative.
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To see one of the pelts, visit my blog, Fash Food, at LexGo.com.
Urban Market returns
This month's Urban Market is 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Barrel House, 905 Manchester Street, Suite 150. Unique gifts include natural, Kentucky-made edible products. Gift wrapping, wine tasting and snacks will be offered. Parking and admission are free.
A one-day opportunity
Three local jewelry designers will display and sell their collections from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cotton Patch at the Lansdowne Shoppes. Merchandise from Designs by Bobbi, Jusbri Designs and Yancy Designs will be available for sale one day only. A portion of the proceeds will go to God's Pantry.
■ Room Service, 933 Liberty Road. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Food, holiday décor, gift-card giveaways.
■ Nature's Splendor Florist, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, Suite 160. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Save 20 percent on holiday décor, wreaths and garlands. Door prizes and refreshments.
Join Friends at the book sale
The Friends of the Lexington Public Library Annual Book Sale is going on at the former Dawahare's store in Gardenside Shopping Center on Alexandria Drive. Most paperbacks are 25 cents, most hardcovers are $1. Albums, CDs and DVDs also are available. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is two-for-one day. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., is Bag Day, when everything you can fit into a bag they provide is $2.
Holidays in Paris
More than 30 downtown Paris venues will participate in Paris Holiday Hop from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with refreshments, giveaways and discounts. At Ardery's Antiques, 627 Main Street, a jewelry trunk show will feature pieces created from antique buttons and accessories. Shoppers may draw for discounts of up to 50 percent off.
Also in Paris, Duncan Tavern, 323 High Street, will host a Holiday Market from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Vendors will offer handmade jewelry, hats, scarves and accessories, equine art and bronze sculpture, woolen items, and home and Christmas décor. The Duncan Tavern Gift Shop also will be open. Go to Duncantavern.com for more info.
A touch of Mink
During Friday's Gallery Hop, an estate jewelry trunk show at Thoroughbred Antique Gallery, 637 East Main Street, will feature Diane Mink. Wine and cheese will be served. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, author Warren Payne will sign Clear As Mud: Early 20th Century Kentucky Art Pottery. Brunch by A.P. Suggins will be served.
Schooled in arts and crafts
More than 30 Kentucky artists and craftsmen will gather at Frankfort's Glen-Willis House, 900 Wilkinson Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to show and sell their work. Proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd School arts education fund.