02/15/16 6:00am
'Ripe Tree of Life,' a quilting square by Susan Schrott. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

‘Ripe Tree of Life,’ a quilting square by Susan Schrott. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Create your own “Tree of Life” art, as a hanging textile piece or a quilt top, using Susan Schrott’s easy and fast method. Ms. Schrott, a textile and mixed media artist, will conduct a workshop at the Shelter Island Library on Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (more…)

10/14/15 6:38am
A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A trio of dried gourds. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

For the artistically inclined, fall is a fantastic time to make something decorative. That’s because the materials traditionally associated with autumnal crafts — think corn, hay bales, pumpkins and mums — are inexpensive and plentiful on the North Fork. Best of all, they don’t require a lot of know-how.

“At this time of year, there’s a lot of natural stuff available,” agreed Vicki Normandin of Riverhead, who’s been a member of Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild for the past six years. “The colors are absolutely beautiful. They’re so rich and vibrant.”

Eager to get started? The following ideas from local crafters are sure to help channel your inner Martha Stewart. (more…)

06/27/15 3:12pm
Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe. (Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

Many Shelter Island locals may consider themselves regulars at Stars Café in the Heights, starting their day off with a cup of coffee or the classic “Hangover Burrito” on a Saturday morning.

One group of morning regulars, however, are so loyal to this small business that they are described by co-owner Lydia Martinez as “part of the inventory.” The group call themselves “The Knitting Club,” and can be seen sitting and laughing in front of the Heights landmark nearly every morning, bright and early.

“It started with Stars,” said ME Adipietro, the only woman in the group. The original owners of the cafe, Cheryl and Pete Hannabury, brought together the originals of the gang and began the tradition of unconditional loyalty. (more…)