Stitched From the Heart - February Artisan Center Demonstrations Feature Textile Arts


The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will feature fiber and textile demonstrations stitched from the heart - during the Valentine’s Day month of February. All demonstrations are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Tonya Vance, of Lexington, will demonstrate how she felts wool and uses it to create bowls. Using Merino wool, Vance dyes it in bright colors and shapes it over various forms to create her felted vessels. Her felted ornaments and felted vessels are regularly available at the Center.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Joette Dunn, of Falmouth, will demonstrate a variety of her stitched fabric creations. Starting with traditional patterned fabrics, Dunn creates a dye with walnut hulls and soaks her fabrics in this dye to give them an antique look. She creates ornaments, dolls and stitched pillows that are available at the center.

Also on Feb. 11, the center will offer two free gallery tours of the exhibits “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans” and “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner” at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Shawnna Southerland, of Berea, will use her sewing machine to stitch fabric covered coils of clothes line into bowls and placemats. Southerland learned to sew as a young girl and loves how the fabric evolves from a flat piece into something three-dimensional and unique.

On Saturday, Feb 25, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate their skills at the center. Members are from all over Central Kentucky and demonstrate every month at the Center, sharing their stories and woodcarving skills with visitors.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans,” through March 18, 2017; and in the lobby, ”Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Photo top: Felted Vessels by Tonya Vance; Photo bottom, left to right: Stitched Gingerbread men by Joette Dunn; Coiled fabric bowls by Shawnna Southerland



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