Creative Camp slated for Oct. 18-19

PARKERSBURG – This year’s Creative Camp on Oct. 18-19 will feature classes on basketmaking, cooking, antiques, jewelry-making, candy, cards, ceramics, painting, quilting, leathercraft, scrapbooking and weaving.

The camp, sponsored by the Wood County Community Educational Outreach Service Clubs Cultural Arts Committee, will be held at the Wood County 4-H campground, Butcher Bend Road, Mineral Wells. Classes, open to everyone, will be offered from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days and at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Lunch will be served each day for $6. Overnight accommodations are available in the conference center for $5 a night.

There will be a $2 daily registration fee. For more information and reservations contact Annie Lewellyn at 304-428-8321 or annie.lewellyn@gmail.com or Debbie Gilbert at 304-464-8352 or debgi74@aol.com.

Annie Lewellyn, who, along with Debbie Gilbert, co-chair the annual event, said when it first started it was open only to CEOS club members, but then it was opened to everyone.

“We offer such a wide variety of crafts in the classes; it brings in people from all over. We have people come in from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, all over West Virginia,” Lewellyn said.

Classes include making Christmas ornaments, decor, basketweaving, quilting, leatherwork, cooking, jewelry, rug weaving, antiques, organizing, slate painting, couponing, ceramics, tatted lace, making laundry detergent, candlewicking, calligraphy, decorative painting, book reviews, quilting and cardmaking.

Regina Vaughan will offer a scrapbooking session.

“Everyone usually looks at the embellishments, but scrapbooking can include precious moments, funny stories, journaling, all the things that meant something. The embellishments may draw your eye in, but down the road, it’s those stories they will remember,” Vaughan said.

Rhonda Allen said she started doing stitchery with friends. She will offer instruction for a primitive style stitchery on tea towels.

“You don’t have to be perfect; with this style, there’s room for a mistake,” Allen said.

Tea towels trace their origin to early 19th century Victorian England. They were used by Victorian women who liked the absorbency and fine weave of soft linen fibers.

A popular Victorian pastime was to embroider personalized tea towels, which were used at tea time to cover food, wrap around the outside of a teapot, and wipe up spills.

For those looking for their origins, Roy Russell will be on hand with tips and help for amateur or veteran genealogists tracing their roots.

“I’ll try to help those who are stuck, answer their questions, or give them direction in finding records. I’ll have some helpful computer websites. The key to the whole process is to document everything,” he said.

Jorie Kennedy will offer a crocheting class.

“You make almost anything crocheting,” Kennedy said. “The history of crocheting dates back to the early 1800s. During the Potato Famine in Ireland, the women would make Irish linens by crocheting to try to raise money to live on. It kind of went out of style for a while then became popular again after World War II,” she said. Lewellyn said last year the camp drew about 160 participates; the first ones drew 25-30.

“Each year it gets bigger, but we urge people to sign up as soon as possible; some of the classes get filled up pretty quickly,” Lewellyn said. “One of the key things we are trying to do is preserve some of these crafts.”

For more information on the classes and additional photos of the crafts, go online to Wood County West Virginia University Extension at www.wood.ext.wvu.edu.