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

Stitched fiber bowls by Shawnna Southerland

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. 3, Shawnna Southerland, of Berea, will demonstrate her stitched fiber bowls, place mats and coasters from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Southerland comes from several generations of seamstresses who created both functional and decorative works. She is reminded of this family tradition, some of which predates the sewing machine, every time she sews on her 1950s machine.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Sue Reeves, of Richmond, will cut, stitch together, add a lining and then gather colorful fabrics into beautiful and functional jewelry keepers for travelling. Reeves began making her jewelry keepers when she realized the need for a safe and handy travel compartment for her jewelry.

Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. 

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Tonya Vance, of Lexington, will felt colorful wool into bowls, vessels and ornaments. Vance dyes her wool into bright colors and uses thread along with the wool when wet forming her vessels.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at 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 “Get Ready-Get Set: Multiples in Clay” through March 31, 2018, and in the lobby, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman” through April 30, 2018. 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.


Photos, left to right: Stitched fabric jewelry keepers by Sue Reeves; Felted vessels by Tonya Vance; hand hewn wooden bowls by Ron McWhorter



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