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February 24, 2014

Hands-on approach

8th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop teaches how to be creative with handwork


Born in Toledo, Ohio, Notaro always had a knack for making things with her hands.

That age-old art of hand working prompted her to open her own business and share her joy of knitting, spinning, weaving, hand-quilting and crocheting.

Notaro met others with the same interest and started going to classes and workshops around the area.

When the economy goes south, people tend to make more things by hand than running to a store plus it’s therapy, she said.

“Their doing something with their hands and it keep their minds off their problems,” she said.

Cleo Metcalf, a member of the Twisters, Sisters & Misters, brings his old wooden Ashford Joy spinning wheel to the event each year to show off his spinning talents.

“I’m always glad to help out the mansion,” he said. “ I’ve lived 5 or 6 miles from Kokomo all my life. This place is amazing with all the history and the woodwork.”

All of his life, Metcalf wondered how wool sweaters, gloves and other clothes were made.

That curiosity drove him to learn how to spin wool and make garments for himself.

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years,” he said. “I go to the Howard County Fair every year. I used to go to Connor Prairie, but I’m getting to old to travel. I still spin around here on different occasions.

‘You can make about anything — sweaters, socks, gloves,” he said. “I’m making an afghan.”

Metcalf is one of about 30 to 35 members of the club that meets from 7 to 9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month from September to May at the Galveston Community Center.

Patty Callahan of Kokomo Knit Wits said the best part about the workshop is people can sit in on the demonstrations at the mansion, then walk over to the Elliott House and buy a kit to take home and do it yourself.

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