The Smithy Store in New Preston will hold a “Meet the Maker” event with Joy Newton Dec. 23 from noon to 3 p.m.

Using her flax linen tea towels and napkins, Newton will show guests the art of furoshiki, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to wrap all sorts of objects, often in elaborate shapes.

In Japanese culture, furoshiki functions as a method of communication, with its many knots and ties, representing the ties between people. Joy will have a variety of flax linen tea towels and napkins available for purchase.

For more information, call the 10 Main St. store at 860-868-9003.