West Virginia State Folk Festival  

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

Festival Artisans and Crafters

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List of Artisans and Crafters for 2018

Art in Stones Jewelry with Bobbie Nestor (beautiful handmade work)
Handmade aprons, place mats, covers & more w/Annette Clark & Dora Kroese
Chestnut Valley Gifts w/Betty Naylor (wood work, hand sewn dolls & more)
Sandy's Designs w/Sandy Conrad (beautiful engraved glassware)
Moonlighting Beaded Jewelry w/Grenda Hawk (beautiful handmade work)
Garden Treasures w/Lisa Dennison (wooden spoons, soap, salves & plants)
Second Chance Bears w/Debby Adams (bears, primitives, rugs/handmade)
Gainer Family Photographs, Music & Books w/Tina Gainer Barton
Face Painting w/Mel Nichols (awesome, beautiful work for all ages!) 

More artisans and crafters will be added as applications are accepted

Demonstrations 2018


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.


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

Melissa Dennison with Soap Making

Paulo Tanzy with Woodburning

Peggy Tanzy with Fabric Crafts and Punched Tin

Joyce Cain with Baskets and Split-bottom chairs (All day Friday and Saturday)

More Demonstrators coming

Workshops 2018

Paulo Tanzy with Woodburning

Peggy Tanzy with Fabric Arts

Joe Yurkiewicz with Weaving (On-going/hands-on. These is no set time, just stop by the County Store)

Joyce Cain: 

Woven Split Bottom Chair (bring your own chair) and/or Wool Penny Rugs (project/coaster).
Wool Penny Rugs (project/coaster)

More information on the above workshops can be found in the Folk Festival Newspaper which is available (and FREE) during the festival.

More Workshops coming soon!!