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February 21, 2014

Woolen Workshop to spotlight crafts

The eighth annual Winter Woolen Workshop is planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Seiberling Mansion and the Elliott House.

Sponsored by Beth’s Main Street FolkArt, proceeds from admission will benefit the Howard County Historical Society. Tickets are $10 and provide admission for both days. They may be purchased in advance at howardcountymuseum.org.

Eight years ago, public demonstrations of art and handwork were limited to the county fair. Beth Notaro began looking around the community for ways of sharing her interests in using fabrics, woolens, yarn and threads to make beautiful things. The Winter Woolens Workshop was born, first only at the Elliott House, and now expanded onto three floors of the Seiberling Mansion as well.

“I love the Elliott House and the Seiberling Mansion,” Notaro said, describing them as the perfect atmosphere for the event. “It has an antiques in action kind of feel.”

Attendees may participate in the all-day workshops and demonstrations in early samplers, colonial painting, punch needle embroidery, rug hooking, spinning and weaving, hand quilting, tatting, rug punch, needle felting and knitting and crocheting. “There are so many things to try, like learning to hand quilt,” Notaro said.

A number of clubs, groups and guilds will provide demonstrations and vendors will sell their wares, including The Kokomo Piecemakers, Twisters, Sisters & Misters, Granny Bees, Kokomo Sewing Guild, Knit Wits, Embroidery Guild of America, Tatting by Tammy, Kokomo Art Association, Rug Matters, Puckinhuddlers, White River Ruggers, Heartland Stringers, and Crochet Council.

More than 30 vendors will sell items relating to these arts, such as quilting material and punch-needle embroidery, inside the Elliott House. The event will include make-it-and-take-it projects and demonstrations. Those attending may bring a project from home to work on, or try something new at the workshop. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for classes with the clubs and guilds.

For more information, contact Notaro at 765-236-1000 or BethsMnStFolkart@aol.com.

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