West Virginia State Folk Festival  

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

Festival Artisans and Crafters

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2019 Crafters

  • Moonlighting Beaded Jewelry w/Grenda Hawk - Beaded jewelry.
  • The Kitchen Cupboard w/Annette Clark (& partner, Dora) - aprons, pot holders, place mats, table runners, seat pads, neck warmers, potato bags & pot holders.
  • Aunt Chelle w/Mischelle Messenger - Cookbook/6 Generation Family Cookbook, Decoupage Seashells with unique pictures.
  • Sandy's Designs w/Sandra Conrad - Hand engraved glassware/mugs, vases & lamps. 
  • Chestnut Valley Gifts w/Betty Naylor - Hand sewing & wood work.
  • Second Chance Bears w/ Debby Adams - Hand stitched bears, primitives, hand crafted potholders, decorated antique windows & pine needle baskets.
  • Christine Kuepfer - Handmade wooden signs, vinyl printed glassware, handmade aprons & pot holders.
  • CJH Outdoor Creations w/Anita Burdetti - Lawn decor made from poly wood, large flowers, bird houses & bird feeders.
  • Jersey Girls Jewelry w/Sharon Falin - Handmade jewelry, bead weaving, pearl crystals & children's jewelry.
  • Born Again Birdhouses w/Bob Taylor - Unique bird houses, made from recycled wood.
  • Stoney Knob Woodwork & Custom Creations w/Derrick & Tanya Stewart - Custom made wood products for the home, made from locally sourced lumber.
  • J & S Wood Burning w/Jonathan & Sarah Moss - Patterns & pictures on wood.
  • Millie Nichols w/Millie Nichols - Unique face painting!
  • "Backyard Junkin" w/Lisa Hull - Lariat rope wreaths, bowls & clocks. Also, reclaimed wood wall hangings & boot flower arrangements.
  • Brian Lucas - Handmade stone tools, arrowheads, knives, spear points & more.
  • Gerlach Rustic Wood Designs w/David Gerlach - Wood burnings, small tables & wall hangings.
  • "Gainer Family" w/Molly Gainer & relatives - Some of the grandchildren of Patrick Gainer will be selling prints, cards, a book written by his granddaughter & other items.
  • Josh Lowther Studio/Artist & craftsman - Josh paints, works in a unique craft with horse shoes. He mounts skulls in a European style, he has a variety of skills that he has turned into items to sell!
  • Mountain Made Metals w/Stephanie Rollyson & Tailwater Tackle w/Adam Rollyson - Hand fabricated/forged mixed metal (brass, copper & sterling silver) for jewelry. Handmade fishing lures!
  • The Green Cap Forge LLC w/Joseph Mullenax - Blacksmith: hooks, shepherd's hook, tripods, hangers, brooms, fireplace sets & more!
  • Lynn Gregory and Angel Green - Hand finished silverplated jewelry, wind chimes, rain chains, rustic wood boxes, antique blue jar lights, chalkboards, signs, and more!

2019 Craft Demonstrators

Sew With a 129-Year-Old Hand Crank Sewing Machine!

 

Manufactured in 1890 by the Singer Manufacturing Company, the hand-crank sewing machine pictured still sews a beautiful stitch. Also available to sew on, celebrating its 100th birthday, will be a 1919 Singer Sphinx sewing machine with a hand-crank attachment.

Listen to the soft clacking and whir of this machine as you try your hand at making a scented sachet. Like rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time, working a hand-crank sewing machine can start out slow but once you get the rhythm you will be turning out a lavender filled sachet in no time. (Fabric for sachets will vary in color)

It will be a once in a life time experience!

TATTING


Amy Walker will be demonstrating tatting at the Country Store as well as the Information Booth throughout the festival.

Although Amy is self-taught and has only been tatting for a few years, she is the fourth generation to tat in her family. Her maternal great-grandmother, maternal grandmother, and mother all tatted in their youth. Amy even has her great-grandmother’s and grandmother’s tatting shuttles which will be on display along with some of their tatted pieces.

WHAT IS TATTING?

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.

Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique. The technique was developed to imitate point lace.

In German, tatting is called Schiffchenarbeit, which means the work of the little boat, referring to the boat-shaped shuttle. The Finnish equally describe tatting by calling it sukkulapitsi, which combines two words to describe the whole craft; sukkula, meaning shuttle, and pitsi, meaning lace; thus shuttlelace.

With recent trends towards being 'crafty', tatting is one of the 'new' old crafts being rediscovered. So make sure to stop by the West Virginia State Folk Festival and learn a sampling of tatting; tatting does not just have to be doilies and hankies, there is a whole world of imagination waiting to be explored.


Joe Yurkiewicz with Weaving (Located in the Country Store)


Melissa Dennison with Soap Making in a cast iron kettle


Peggy Tanzy with Simple Embroidery & Fabric Pin-Wheels


Making Brooms with Curt Cable (Hollow Hand Crafts)


Blacksmithing with Elijah Cable



More Demonstrators coming
soon!!