The home and work of Paula Walton, of New Milford, are featured on the cover and in the December edition of Early American Life magazine.

The spread features a 10-page article written by Jeanmarie Andrews, with photographs by Winfield Ross.

Early American Life is a national magazine focusing on architecture, decorative arts, period style and social history from Colonial times through the mid-19th century.

Earlier this year, Walton wrote an article about her reproduction Izannah Walker dolls, which appeared in the winter 2013 issue of Prims magazine, and an article about her handmade teddy bears, which was featured in the summer 2013 edition of Prims.

A third article about Walton's portrait-face New England rag dolls will be published in the winter 2014 issue of Prims, which will be available beginning Jan. 1.

This year also marks the 29th time Walton has been named one of America's top traditional craftsmen by Early American Life magazine in the course of 13 years.

Walton was selected from among the country's top craftspeople by collectors, historians and museum curators to be listed in the 2013 Directory of Traditional American Crafts in the August issue of Early American Life.

Over the years, she has been cited in the categories of clothing and accessories, textiles or needlework, miscellaneous, toys and dolls, Santas, other holidays and general Christmas.

She was juried in the directory 1996-98 and 2004-13, many years in multiple categories.

The directory has been used for nearly three decades by curators at living history museums, owners of traditional homes, and motion picture producers to find artisans to make period-appropriate furnishings and accessories for displays, collections and use.

"The judges look for authentic design and workmanship, whether the piece is a faithful reproduction or the artisan's interpretation of period style," said Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American Life. "Scholarship, as well as use of period tools and techniques, is particularly valued in this competition," she said.

One goal of the directory is to help preserve traditional handcrafts.

"If our traditional arts are lost, we have forgotten a part of who we are as Americans," Rosch said.