In Sunday's On the Homefront column, Donna...

In Sunday's On the Homefront column, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro and Fred Shoken were incorrectly identified.

The Sun regrets the errors.


Have tea and buy a sink

The Old Waverly History Exchange & Tea Room, a funky little shop best known for its memorabilia, antiques and afternoon tea, has started selling old house parts as well. The mantels, columns, sinks, iron fencing, window grates, doorknobs and lTC such get piled up in the entrance hall of the shop, so the on-hand stock is necessarily limited by space. But owners and historical preservationists Donna and Fred Shapiro are happy to search for specific items on request.


As the Shapiros get more involved with architectural artifacts, they also plan to hold a series of classes and workshops at the beginning of the year. "They'll be on various topics such as plastering, painting and wallpapering, using the unrestored rooms of our shop as a laboratory," says Ms. Shapiro, "plus gardening with old roses, postcard collecting, herbal decorations, etc. Sort of Martha Stewart minus the attitude." If you're interested, call (410) 889-7112 for more information.

The Old Waverly History Exchange is located at 414 E. 31st St.

Welcome to the electronic age. Now if you have a leaky faucet you can sign on to your computer instead of calling the plumber. Katie and Gene Hamilton, syndicated columnists and authors of eight home improvement books, have a computer bulletin board you can use for the price of the phone call.

HouseNet features hundreds of files on home repairs, maintenance and improvements; new product information; and more than 60 conference areas. About a quarter of the inquiries are answered by the Hamiltons themselves, the rest by other users. (HouseNet now has nearly 2,200 user-members.) The Hamiltons, who live in St. Michaels and appear on WMAR Morning News, Channel 2, as its home improvement experts, put everything they write on the board. The information can be read online or downloaded for future use.

By November, HouseNet will be connected to InterNet. "We're really excited about this," says Katie Hamilton. "I'm dying to talk to people in Europe about home improvement."

To get into the system, call (410) 745-2037. For more information, you can call the couple's voice line at (410) 745-5859.

For those of us who love Oriental rugs but know very little about them, the current exhibition at the Textile Museum in Washington is a must see. "What is an Oriental Carpet?" examines this intriguing art form in layman's terms, centering on 16 stunning rugs from the museum's world-renowned collection. conjunction with the exhibit, there will be a series of "Rug Appreciation Mornings" Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.: This Saturday it's Persian carpets; Nov. 13 Caucasian and Turkish; Nov. 20 Turkmen; Dec. 4 potpourri.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19, the Textile Museum will hold a rug-restoration workshop from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Rug restorer David Zahirpour will demonstrate basic methods of repairing selvages, ends, holes and splits, as well as repiling. Participants should bring a well-vacuumed rug that needs restoring. The cost is $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers; a box lunch on both days is included.


The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S St., N.W. For more information, call (202) 667-0441.

Baltimore glassblower Anthony Corradetti describes his work this way: "My aim is to create richly textured three-dimensional transparent paintings."

The panel of jurors for this year's Philadelphia Craft Show must have liked what they saw of his painted glass pieces. They selected Mr. Corradetti -- the only Baltimorean -- as one of 175 exhibitors out of 1,600 applicants from all over the United States.

This is one of the best-known craft shows in the country, with proceeds benefiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It runs from Thursday through next Sunday, opening every day at 11 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m., except Sunday, when it ends at 5 p.m.. The craft show is held at the Philadelphia Civic Center, at 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard. Admission is $9 for adults, $3.50 for children under $12.

For more information, call (215) 684-7860.