Colonial weaver featured at church craft show

A craft show that began in the home of a talented weaver will on Saturday, November 16, mark its fourth year of showcasing local artisans, now at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.

Colonial Weaver Deborah Draper
Colonial Weaver Deborah Draper (Contributed)

Six years ago, colonial weaver Deborah Draper moved with her husband, Bill, to Michigan from Virginia, and met Paul Melrose, husband of Sue Melrose, then pastor at First Presbyterian. He invited them to services, and the couple eventually joined the congregation, where they found a welcoming community.

Susan Cooper
Susan Cooper shared her handiwork at last year’s craft show. (Contributed)

Having participated in many juried shows in Virginia, Deborah Draper wanted to continue networking and selling her work in her new hometown, so she held a craft show and bake sale in her home. Supported by many church members, the event was very successful and, the following year, moved to the church.

Swish Swish Make a Wish
Lori Mullen signed a copy of her book “Swish Swish Make a Wish” at the 2018 craft show. (Contributed)

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, this year’s craft show and bake sale will showcase 40 vendors, some of whom signed up as early as May to ensure their spots. Shoppers will find woven items, jewelry, beaded accessories, felt animals, and books, along with home-made coconut cream pie and other popular bake sale items.

First Presbyterian Church of Farmington is located at 26165 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills. Learn more at

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