MINERAL WELLS - More than 150 people learned heritage skills and crafts passed down through generations as well as new crafts during Creative Camp 2012 this weekend.
The event took place Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Wood County 4-H Camp on Butcher Bend Road.
"There has been some version of the Creative Camp every year since the 1970s," said Annie Lewellyn, chairwoman of the Cultural Arts Committee for the Wood County Community Educational Outreach Service Organization (CEOS). "It is important that we do this to not only teach the heritage skills but to have this time to be creative and for fellowship."
Photo by Jolene Craig
Kassie Gains, 14, of Williamstown, works with yarn before she makes a Thanksgiving-themed yarn wreath during the annual Creative Camp craft and educational workshops at the Wood County 4-H Camp on Saturday.
Wilma Ball, of Parkersburg, said she attends the event every year.
"I come out and make something every year," she said. "It's great and you always learn something."
This year's event included 47 different classes, which included calligraphy, fall quilted table runner, Christmas card making, ceramics and breadmaking. Other classes included genealogy, worm composting, RU Green, Stitchery with Pizzazz, book reviews, Chalkboard Frame and Veggies in a Pot container gardening.
"One of my favorite things is candlewicking," said Lewellyn, who took a kit home with her.
Candlewicking is a heritage art using cream-colored thread on material to create an image either for a pillow or framed art.
Sandi Roznovsky, of Statesville, N.C., has attended the camp every year for the last decade.
"I schedule my vacation around this weekend," she said. "I started coming with my mom and now I bring or meet friends from Ohio and other states for this."
Lewellyn said the camp draws people from all over West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"It's just one of those things that people want to come for and they enjoy," she said.
Rosanne Taylor taught the decorative painting class where people learned how to paint using a roushing technique on slate.
"The people never know what I have planned until we all get here," Taylor said. "I always try to do something everyone can do and enjoy."
Her gamble must have paid off because her class was filled.
"It's just one of those classes that people really get excited about," Lewellyn said.
Lewellyn, who has coordinated the event with Debbie Gilbert for about a decade, said events such as the craft camp are good for people.
"If we don't pass these heritage skills on, we will lose them," Lewellyn said. "Not only that, but by learning a skill, it could completely change someone's life."
Lewellyn added that it was a basket making class during the Creative Camp in 1985 that allowed her to go into business selling baskets and teaching others.
"It enabled me to put my son through college and gave me a skill that I still use," she said. "These crafts are so much more than they seem."