Celebrating Parsons Railroad Heritage - May 27-29, 2016 - Forest Park




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2015 Crafter/Demonstrators


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.     




Tatting:  Catherine Hannah, Cherryvale, KS

Catherine will demonstrate tatting which is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops.  It can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.  Catherine has put a modern spin on an old craft by creating earrings, necklaces and more that she will have on display and for sale.  She loves demonstrating and visiting with people so be sure to stop by.

Chair Seat Weaving: Neil Adams, Neal Adams Wood Art, Oswego, KS

Neil will be demonstrating chair seat weaving and will have rustic handmade furniture and wood crafts on display and for sale.  This is Neil's firs year and we think you will find him to be a very interesting person to watch at work and to visit with.

Soaps and Weaving:  Lisa Johnson, Leap of Faith Soap 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: Quilters' Guild of Parsons, Parsons, KS

Join the Quilters' Guild of Parsons as they demonstrate quilt tying. 

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.

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.

Hand Carving & Tooling of Leather – Michael McCall, Original Creations, Sarcoxie, MO

As an accomplished craftsman in leather, Michael will have a display depicting the step by step procedure for carving and tooling a design into leather.  He will also have examples showing different lacing techniques and will demonstrate how to saddle stitch (hand sew) leather.  He will show some of the basic saddle stamps and other leather-working tools and will also have finished product for sale.

Woodworking with a Stanley No. 45 Combination Plane – John Olson, Parsons, KS

As a serious craftsman and lover of old tools and history, and retired shop teacher, John is full of information and is experienced with woodworking and demonstrates something different every year.  This year he will be demonstrating a Stanley No. 45 combination plane.  The Stanley No. 45 offered from 1884 to 1962, is the most famous and popular of the combination planes.  A combination plane is one that can be fitted with different irons, or cutters, as Stanley called them, and be adjusted for a particular cut.  The basic No. 45 can groove, rabbet, dada, match (tongue and groove), bead (edge and center), slit, and cut sash.  With the special bottoms and cutters, which could be purchased separately from the basic model, the place can do simple moldings, nosing, reeding, and fluting.

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. 

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.

Felting - Carol Ann Parker, Freeman, MO

The process of making felt from wool fleece is magical.  The process is one of lost arts from hundreds of years ago.  Carol Ann will bring the ancient art back to life and demonstrate the magic of feltmaking, right before your eyes, as she manipulates the loose wool fibers into beautiful and fashionable hats.  You'll also see a display of her most recent hat creations made from hand-felted wool.

Upholstery - Mary Eastwood ("Here We Go Again" Upholstery), Fort Scott, KS

Mary's specialty is repurposing used furniture through upholstery.  She also does many other creative things with upholstery.

Knitting - Jessica Moss (J Baby's Pretties), Parsons, KS

Jessica is an amazing knitter and a total "people person".  She and her sidekick, mother Nora, are great fun to visit with while Jessica demonstrates knitting.  She will have dish cloths, baby bibs, dish towels, tissue holders and her other newest creations on display and for sale.

Crochet - Lynda Johnson (My Oh! Mercantile), Parsons, KS

Lynda crochets and does may other creative things.  This is her first year at Katy Days.

Telegraphy - Caleb Reid, Parsons, KS

Working with telegraph equipment used in the Parsons MKT telegraph office, Caleb will be demonstrating how messages were sent using a system of dots and dashes to maintain communication between the train dispatcher, trains, and the rest of the rail system.

Rope Making - Roy Parsons, Parsons, KS

Roy has to win the award for the hardest working man at Katy Days (well, the Gandy Dancers might give him a run for his money...)  He has a hand-cranked rope-making machine and spends all day on Saturday helping children make a souvenir length of rope.  He is found at Kid's Crossing.

Pottery Making - Benjamin and Caleb Newton, Parsons, KS

Twin brothers, Benjamin and Caleb are in their third year demonstrating how to throw pots on a wheel.  They will be found at Kid's Crossing.


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