Crafters at Katy Days are chosen because they are talented and willing to demonstrate a heritage craft. Many have items for sale as well – but please feel comfortable visiting with them and asking questions about their craft.
Soaps and Weaving: Lisa Johnson, Leap of Faith Sopa Company, Elsmore, KS
Lisa has been at Katy Days many times and each time her display gets more interesting. She explains how soap is made and sells her handcrafted, chemical free, artisanal goat milk soaps. She also sells handspun yarns and dyed fibers. https://www.facebook.com/caprinecorner/info
Quilting: Parsons Quilt Guild, Parsons, KS
Join the Parsons Quilters as they demonstrate quilt tying. They will also have a display of railroad- themed wall quilts. Don’t miss it!
Natural Fiber Dyeing: Leslie Carroll and Jerry Bartlett, Nevada, MO
Leslie and Jerry do natural dyeing and spin yarn in the traditional way. They will demonstrate dyeing wool over an open fire using natural dyes.
Treadle Sewing Machine – Christy Holm, Altamont, KS
Christy will demonstrate how a treadle sewing machine works and will have items on display and for sale that she has sewn on her machine. They include dolls & toys, doll clothes, placemats and coasters.
Hand-Woven Chair Caning – Don Combs, Parsons, KS
Don will be weaving a strand cane seat in a chair. Visitors can take a turn weaving a pass or two to learn how seat weaving is done. And if you’ve wondered what to do with the old chair that has the woven seat broken through, Don takes orders!
Leather Sheath-Making and Flint Knapping – Frank Whinery, Treasures Divine, Grove, OK
Frank will show how to cut out knife sheaths from patterns and how to use a basket weave for patterns on sheaths. He will display different types of leather that can be used for making sheaths. He will also demonstrate flint knapping and the tools that are used in making arrowheads and knife blades.
Hand Crafted Pottery – Bobbi Kemna, The Pot Pantry, Fort Scott, KS
Bobbi will be demonstrating how to make pottery crafted from hand – without the use of a potter’s wheel. Interested visitors can get their hands “dirty” and give it a try! She will also have many items for sale.
Wheat Weaving and Spinning – Felice & Clyde Goering, Mound Ridge, KS
Felice will demonstrate how wheat is woven and Clyde will demonstrate spinning. They will have many of their lovely items for sale including wall hangings, jewelry, Christmas ornaments.
Spinning, Wool Carding, Weaving – Candise Fountain, Blue Fields Farm, Madison, VA
Although she lives in Virginia now, Candise grew up in Altamont and combines a visit to her SEK family with a day at Katy Days demonstrating her skills with wool. Her booth will have items for sale including pelts, yarn, raw fleece, hand woven and hand knitted items made from the wool of the Icelandic sheep she and her husband raise on their farm.
Hand Tool Woodworking – John Olson, Parsons, KS
As a serious craftsman and lover of old tools and history, John is full of information about woodworking. This year he will be demonstrating how to make a box using hand tools.
Hand Quilting – Tony Munoz, Parsons, KS
Tony will be hand quilting and visitors are welcome to join him. Tony is a serious quilter, as well as a former teacher, actor and director, and all around interesting and fun person. Be prepared to learn and have some fun.
Train Set Paintings – John Hare, Gladstone, MO
John grew up in Parsons and now lives in the Kansas City area where he is a graphic artist and painter. He will be painting under the crafters’ big top at Katy Days. One of his specialties for Katy Days are train-set paintings – delightful, whimsical scenes (he also has prints) of trains (usually the MKT) that work singly or can be grouped.
Wood Carving – Ernie Loganbill, Independence, KS
Long time wood carver, Ernie Loganbill, specializes in walking sticks and many other interesting items carved out of wood.
Watercolor Painting and Pottery - Alice Smith, Bella Vista, AR
Alice will demonstrate watercolor painting with a still-life setup and will have her pottery displayed as well.
Glass Art - Keith & Charlean Wilson, Parsons, KS
Keith and Charlean will demonstrate the making of the "World's Oldest Toy" - the marble. Using modern methods, they will demonstrate making glass marbles by hand. They will also display finished glass art and will have items for sale.
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