Pocahontas County has always been my home. I was born in a log house on a farm near Dunmore and my husband Richard and I reared a daughter and a son here.
It has been a family tradition for several generations every Spring to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way, boiling the water down to syrup with a wood-fired evaporator (furnace).
Making quilts is also a tradition in our families. I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine and made a lot of our clothes by hand over the years. Then I discovered the fun of doing counted cross and filled my walls with my stitching!
After working in Pocahontas County schools for 30 years, I retired and the quilting bug came back and bit me big time! One stop at the local artisans' gallery and after meeting the friendly people who worked there, I was inspired and invited to join the cooperative. Now I am busy sewing quilts, table runner, table trivets, potato bags and Christmas socks and enjoying it all!
I am from a large family, and my hubby and I have lived 25+ years in West Virginia. I love the mountains and people. Most of my life has been spent as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer in my community.
I have been designing quilts since the 1980s. I enjoy the relaxing pace and lovely rhythm of the needle in my hand. Most of my quilts are hand-quilted. My grandmother made quilts from fabrics that were cut the size of postage stamps. I have a dream of completing one like that some day.
I also create dolls and puzzles which I have been doing since my girls were small.
Silk painting is my newest endeavor and most of my recent artistic effort has been devoted to hand painting silk scarves using brushes. I use non-toxic silk dyes, and my design inspirations come from nature (flowers, mountains, stars, etc.) I can also design the scarves with words, sayings, and prayers, and I welcome special orders. Contact Kathleen at email@example.com
I come from a long line of creative people. My two most noted influences are my paternal grandmother, Bertha Custer and paternal great aunt, Mary Derflinger. My grandmother was an excellent seamstress. She could see a woman on the street in a dress and go home and create her own pattern from memory and make the dress to fit her size and features. My great Aunt Mary had many talents at creating. She could create beautiful scrap hand sewn quilts, restore historic antique quilts, crochet afghans, create crochet beaded necklaces, and was well versed in clothes making.
From a young age, the value of handmade was instilled by my mother, Barbara. My family for many generations has made things for themselves and others. Receiving something handmade for Christmas or a birthday was always a tradition. My brother and I were taught at a young age that you just don’t part with a handmade item someone has taken the time to make and give to you. From this, I began to create and give handmade to keep the tradition alive.
I can remember as a young girl reading my mother’s Reader’s Digest Needlework book that had various crochet stitches and then trying my hand at duplicating them. My mother crocheted and knitted, so I had a good source of yarn. I crocheted baby blankets for family members when a new member would arrive. Then beginning in 9th grade I became interested in quilting. I constructed my first baby quilt for a 9th grade history project. I decided to keep it for myself and was able to wrap my daughter in it when we brought her home in September of 2009. I kept my creative streak alive in college at WVU by doing little side projects when time was available.
After becoming a stay at home Mom in March of 2006, I began sewing diaper bags for myself because of the quality of store purchased bags. Other people liked them, so I made some and gave them as gifts. Eventually, my friends and family encouraged me to make and sell my work. Having never taken a sewing class or received instruction in machine sewing, I spent hours pouring over owner’s manuals and sewing magazines to teach myself quality construction and neatness. I enjoy seeing other people’s work not to duplicate it but to draw influence. Feedback from my customers and fellow crafters is always taken into consideration and valued.
Currently, I enjoy making patchwork items with coordinating fabric collections and/or complimentary fabrics. My passion is making bags, whether it be tote bags, purses, travel bags, cosmetic bags, kids’ crayon bags or bags with appliqué accents. I created my business "Little Levels Homespun Treasures & Gifts" from the area where I live in Pocahontas County in the Town of Hillsboro. Handmade has been a tradition of the area since pioneers settled in 1760, so I wanted to continue those traditions in my business name. Since joining the PCACO-OP in August of 2013, I’ve discovered that I enjoy making aprons with various features and different sized quilted doilies using Dresden plate designs. In the future, I hope to offer antique jar lamps with quilt decorated lamp shades. Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matted silk creations, ready for framing. Unique collages and organic mind-scapes in silk. Contact Suzanne at email@example.com