Sponsored by members of
the Kansas City Fiber
and Weavers Guilds.
2017 Creative Hand
Show and Sale
Old Shawnee Town
11600 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66203
Friday, November 17
4 pm to 9 pm
Artist Showcase at 7 pm
Saturday, November 18
10 am to 5 pm
demonstrations all day
Click Map for Directions
to Old Shawnee Town
Shared love of their craft creates a tight-knit community of fiber artists
Face to Face:
Artist Vickie Hover
Aspiring to artistry in fiber
Following fiber art, from farm to yarn
Meet the Artists
Felted Beaded Jewelry
Most recent focus: Eclectic mixing of lots of materials - hard and soft, clay and felt, woven and found objects.
Inspiration: Nature; sea life, forest floor, organic forms.
Methods / Processes: Hand made polymer beads combined in unique ways with wet-felted beaded beads.
History / Background: BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. I worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc as an illustrator/designer. I teach both children and adults, and have focused heavily on artisan jewelry in recent years. I have been represented by a gallery in Chicago, and I sell on etsy under the shop name of beadunsupervised.
Creative Hand Experience: None - this is my first experience!
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Marci Blank (Th'Red Head)
Garments, Knit (Jackets, Wraps, Shawls, coats)
Accessories, Knit (Hats, Scarves, Mitts, Cowls, Hoods)
Accessories, Hand Dyed (Scarves, Shawls)
Accessories, Jewelry (Earrings, Necklaces, Shawl Pins)
Fiber, Hand Dyed
Yarn, Hand Dyed and/or Hand Spun
Most recent focus: Marriage of beading and knitting.
Methods / Processes: Most of my garments are knit.
History / Background: I have been a full time fiber artist for over 25 years.
Creative Hand Experience: I have been doing the Creative Hand show since 1987.
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Hand woven and hand knitted original design art-to-wear garments, scarves, accessories. Hand dyed yarns and original design knitting patterns in project kits. Hand beaded jewelry. Hand woven original design textile art wall sculptures.
Most recent focus: Color and Weave effects using alternating light and dark warps, and alternating thick and thin wefts to make fabrics that are reversible.
Inspiration: I am inspired by organic textures. Hand woven fabric is a perfect translation of organic textures into tactile experience.
Methods / Processes: In my Parkville, MO studio, I hand weave fabric using my large floor loom. I design original patterns for art-to-wear garments. Once the fabric is woven, I cut and sew my original design garments.
History / Background: My art education began in grade school at various art camps. In High School I learned to weave on large floor looms. At KU, I majored in Textile Design obtaining my BFA. I have been actively weaving for over 40 years.
Creative Hand Experience: I remember the first show we did as a small group in 1982. I had just found the guild after moving to Kansas City in 1980. That first show in 1982 was my first showing/selling experience. I was active in the “Holiday Shop” as it was then known, in the 80’s and 90’s when my kids were young. I became active again (after my kids were off to college) in 2003. I served as Chairperson of Creative Hand from 2005 – 2010. I have also served as Publicity Chairperson, Set-up Co-Chairperson, and am now the Treasurer. The energy of the show is what attracts me and excites my creativity. I love seeing all the new ideas exhibited by the Creative Hand Artists.
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Hand Knitted Scarves, Shawls & Hats
Knitted/Crocheted Felted Bowls
Elf Hats and Fascinator Hats
Hand Smocked Ornaments
Vintage Watch Parts Jewelry Featuring Swiss Watch Parts
Silver Clay Jewelry, Pendants and Earrings
Most recent focus: I've used the past year to stretch my knitting skills to make a variety of one-of-a-kind knitted accessories. In my jewelry making, I recently discovered silver clay and combined it with silver smithing skills and beads to create originals. The use of ice resin has brought my jewelry made with vintage watch parts up a notch.
Inspiration: I'm usually inspired by the materials I work with and beauty seen all around me. Having a smart phone really helps recording ideas on the go!
Methods / Processes: Most of my knitting and all of my crocheting is done without patterns, rather I use a sense of design and my experience as a professional patternmaker and clothing designer. I use patternmaking software when I make clothes that need to fit but always knit both sides at the same time so my improvisations will match. Sometimes I start a project and it changes direction before I finish. My jewelry designs are often driven by the materials I find. I design catalogs and ads for a wholesale distributer of jewelry and watch parts tools and supplies. Working there led to an interest in silver smithing. When I found a collection of vintage "new" watch parts, I started making steampunk jewelry. Obtaining a large batch of plated jump rings got me into chain maille. Over the years, I've built a considerable personal resource center (stash of fabric, yarns, notions, beads, findings) and it's always fun to design using materials on hand.
History / Background: I'm a mid-life career changer who started in Textiles and Apparel. My most interesting jobs were my custom bridal business and designing for an animated display company. When the Kansas City garment district went out of business, I returned to college and segued into Marketing Communication and Graphic Design. I've been a maker since I was a child, with a concentration in sewing, knitting, needlework, and jewelry making.
Creative Hand Experience: This is my first year participating in Creative Hands, but I was a member of the Fiber Guild in the 80s and 90s and sold some hand work then. As I head toward retirement, I hope to build a craft business since creating is my favorite pastime.
Dial in Scroll-Edge Silver Oval PendantElf Hat with Ivory TasselFiligree Flower with Watch Part DanglesGray-White Mohair ScarfLarge Round PendantPeacock Mobius ScarfHex Pendant Blue BeadsTidal Wave PendantSilver Startlet ScarfSquare Bezels Earrings with Cone Pair1 - 10<>
Hand Dyed Silk Garment and Scarves
Most recent focus: Jackets.
Inspiration: Color from every source.
Methods / Processes: Transforming white silk into vivid colors by hand dying and sewing into wearables.
History / Background: I have been sewing since a very young age and became involved in wearable art when I lived in California.
Creative Hand Experience: I have been doing the Creative Hand show for 14 years - seeking fiber artists after moving to the Kansas City area from California.
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Felted and Collage Art Scarves
Most recent focus: Creating scarves that explore and utilize a variety of textures while still being wearable.
Inspiration: Everything is inspiration. Sometimes I just get a picture in my head, and I have to make it.
Methods / Processes: I reclaim fabric from old garments with a strong focus on silk, wool and cotton. Then I mix the reclaimed fabric with new fabric; the result can be exciting. It is especially fun to see how the resulting fabric drapes and behaves as a garment.
History / Background: MI taught high school English and journalism for 27 years. After all that time helping kids find their creativity, now it is my turn to create.
Creative Hand Experience: Last year (2013) was my first year to actually be in the Creative Hand, but I was a regular shopper at it for years.
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Framed Handmade Paper, Collages, Cards, Printmaking on Fabric
Most recent focus: Mixed Media.
Inspiration: Nature, Architecture, Recycle, Reusing, New Purpose.
Methods / Processes: Papermaking, Printmaking, Collage, Photography and Painting. Graphic and Interior Designer.
History / Background: Artist, Designer, Photographer - Professionally Since 1983.
Creative Hand Experience: New artist - inspired by my mother, Elenor.
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Hand Woven Goods: Scarves, Placemats, Shawls, Dishtowels, Blankets, Table Runners and More
Most recent focus: Learning different patterns such as huck lace and waffle weave. Working to perfect my skill at double weave and weaving with different yarns.
Inspiration: The majority of my inspiration comes from colors and patterns in the natural world. I see patterns, shapes, color and texture in tree bark, leaves, flowers, cliffs, rivers and the tallgrass prairie and more. Sometimes my inspiration comes from a beautiful yarn. I fall in love with the color and/or texture and then come up with a way to use it.
Methods / Processes: I seldom make sketches before I begin a project – something I have to overcome. I have a picture in my mind, select the yarns that may give me the results I want and just start warping my loom. I work on both a 4-harness floor loom and a rigid heddle loom and usually have projects on both at the same time. I “free style’ rather than work from kits and sometimes have very interesting results.
History / Background: A native Texan, I moved to Missouri in 1986. I have studied and worked in the natural world all of my life. Weaving entered my life in 2012 and is only slightly less than an obsession just 2 years later. My other hobbies include gardening, tapestry weaving, hiking, canoeing and anything that will get me out on the tallgrass prairie.
Creative Hand Experience: I have been a member of the Kansas City Weaver’s Guild since 2013 but this will be my first year participating in Creative Hand.
Caribbean Plaid DishtowelDouble Weave In ProcessDouble WeavePlace MatPlace MatScarves1 - 6<>
Sue Hiller Horner
Scarves, Cowls, Purses, Bags, Jewelry, Felted Handmade Soaps, Wall Pieces
Most recent focus: Off Loom Weaving.
Inspiration: Fibers offer amazing color, texture and tactile experience. I find myself in another wonderful dimension that allows complete expression when absorbed in a fiber project. One of my art teachers used to say ‘nature is the best designer’ and so I learned to appreciate and be inspired by natural subjects. Plants and animals are my primary subjects and inspiration comes from those as well as an event, feeling or even a single moment.
Methods / Processes: Weaving on and off loom, dyeing, needle felting, knit, crochet, fulling knit and crocheted woolens, spinning and addition of embellishments such as buttons or Swarovski crystals to my pieces.
History / Background: Fibers have been in my world most of my life. I learned to sew, knit and macramé in my teens. I took some textiles classes in college which were part of my studio hours for a degree in art. Most of my career life has been self employed with a screen printing and embroidery business. A niche was developed through it for owners of greyhound dogs, so I have been designing greyhound motifs and products to appeal to greyhound adopters and owners of racing dogs, whippets and Italian greyhounds.
A few years ago, my sister-in-law took me to a yarn shop and I started buying yarn, so I had to re-learn how to knit, which led to crochet, etc…I also found myself in New England with a few extra days on my hands between events and looked for some classes. Viola, the Medomak Fiber Retreat in Washington, ME brilliantly filled those days and I was introduced to some fabulous people and fiber techniques.
Creative Hand Experience: This is my first year. My sister-in-law brought me to the show last year and that inspired me to join the Fiber Guild.
Black and Turquoise Flower PurseGreen Silk Knitted ScarfHot Flashy Fan BagMedomak MemoriesPurple Free Form PurseSilk Dyed and Needle Felted BagSmall Green BagSweet Roses Felted SoapWonky Seam Cowl1 - 9<>
Handmade Stoneware and Porcelain Pottery
Most recent focus: Tea Pots and Casseroles.
Inspiration: Focus on function.
Methods / Processes: Potter's Wheel and Hand Building Techniques.
History / Background: Graduate of Kansas City Art Institute, 1979, Ceramics.
Creative Hand Experience: Member since 1978.
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Christine Long Derks
Hand Dyed Luxury Sock Yarn, Handspun Yarn, Original & Knitting Patterns, and Crocheted & Felted Flower Pins
Most recent focus: I’ve come up with a great intense and mostly repeatable color line with my hand dyed yarn. It’s so hard because the mad scientist dyer comes out if I don’t stay organized!
Inspiration: Inspiration is everywhere! I love finding color combinations in nature, texture ideas for pattern design in architexture. I try to slow down and look at things I see from a different perspective for new ideas. The cool weather of autumn makes me want to knit ALL the things, dye ALL the yarn and just surround myself with wool, alpaca and all things warm!
Methods / Processes: I now have a dye & design studio in my home and it’s so empowering! I have the music blaring, dance about, mixing dyes, cooktops smoking, the smell of vinegar floating in the air. Dye Days are the best! Even with repeatable colorways, I’m amazed every time I pull a skein of yarn or fiber from the dye pots. The colors, the depth, the squooshiness, it truly makes me happy.
History / Background: As a child, I rarely colored in the lines. As an adult I now get to color on yarn with ALL the colors and no lines to worry about! I’ve always been fascinated with crafting, creating and when I stumbled onto fiber arts, it was like I was coming home. Working with fiber just feels right to me. Fiber soothes, it excites, it can tell a story, it can become a part of your life.
Creative Hand Experience: After attending my first Creative Hand I was so impressed with the wide variety of beautiful, crazy creative items from such amazing artists that I signed up for the Fiber Guild the next week.
Alpaca FaceCabin CowlCabin Cowl ArtCoil HatDying FingersHexagon BlanketSirenSpringArt Yarn1 - 9<>
Needle-Felted Sculptures, Dolls and Animals
Most recent focus: Needle-felted dolls and animals, Mixed media illustrations.
Inspiration: The process of creating beautiful and happy things.
Methods / Processes: Fiber: Using a dry felting method called needle felting, I begin with a few pinches of “core wool.” The barbed, hand-held needle tangles the fibers and makes them hold the desired shape. I build layers of wool into faces and bodies, adding color when needed, and embellishing with other fibers, buttons, and beads.
History / Background: I drew a lot as a kid and I’ve always told stories or written poems. I learned to spin and to love fiber, then moved on to needle felting…which also brought me back to drawing and painting again.
Creative Hand Experience: This year is my first creative hand show. I am very grateful for the KC Fiber Guild. Everyone has been knowledgeable, willing to teach and share, and supportive of my work. It’s a wonderful thing to have such a community.
Basset HoundBullCalico CatMouseRabbitRatSiggyCurly Lion 1 - 10<>
Felted Scarves and Wraps
Inspiration: In July, I traveled to the Midwest Felting Symposium where I took a class with Jean Gauger. The 4 day class took me in new directions in felting.
Methods / Processes: Wet Felting.
History / Background: I have completed many classes at the Arrowmont School of Arts and crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and the Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison, WI. Plus, I have taken classes in Michigan and locally.
Creative Hand Experience: About 11 years.
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Clothing, Shawls and Scarves
Most recent focus: My main focus has been getting yardage woven to complete my new garment designs. I recently got an 8 harness 40 inch Norwood loom from a very dear friend so my focus has been getting some yardage on that loom.
Inspiration: My inspiration comes from not only colors I see in nature but nature's fluidity of movement. I love the new colors I'm working with that remind me of a trip to Colorado where the mountain stream was running across lichen/moss covered stones. The variegated yarns I'm using mimic the colors fading in and out of the stream.
Methods / Processes: KC Star Magazine noted "Nancy Schneider's clients protested when Nancy fell in love and gave up most of her business as a seamstress. What she fell in love with was the hand-loom and she was so busy at it that she didn't have time to sew. She is known for the color an texture of her woven goods - most have 10 or 11 yarns, including satiny ribbons within them."
History / Background: Clothing and Textiles Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
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Hand-dyed Yarns and Fiber, Hand-spun Yarn, Kits, Woven and Kumihimo Bracelets, Woven Scarves, Hand-Knitted Hats, Mittens, Fingerless Gloves, Neckwarmers and Shawls, Felted Flowers.
Most recent focus: Spinning Specialty Yarns.
Inspiration: Color inspires me. It undergirds all I do in the fiber arts, starting with the dyeing of the fiber and then carrying through the planning and creating of a fiber garment. I love being surprised by putting unusual colors together and then seeing the unexpected results creating something new and beautiful.
Methods / Processes: Dyeing, knitting, weaving, felting, beading.
History / Background: It seems like I've always had an insaitiable need to create beautiful things. I've used many different types of materials - from stained glass, basket making, woodworking, and in the last decade it has been all fiber. The possibilities are endless
and I'm just helpless when it comes to restraining myself for taking up a new process with new materials. I began knitting as an 8 year old and that has waxed and wained over the years only blossoming now in my retirement.
Creative Hand Experience: This is my fifth year of participation in the Creative Hand Show. We came to visit the show and I saw the amazing amount of talent present in the group and decided to become apart of them the next year.
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Stuffed Toys, Baby Boots/Shoes, Lovie Blankets, Purses
Most recent focus: Creating "friendly monsters".
Inspiration: My daughter, who at 19 still wants all the stuffed toys I make!
Methods / Processes: I'd say my method is a lot like my cooking. Sometimes my items are complete fabrication. I have to remember to write what I'm doing down or I have a hard time replicating things! Others are inspired by a pattern and I make it my own by changing this and that.
History / Background: I'm a graphic designer and I think I get a lot of inspiration from shapes, textures and colors.
Creative Hand Experience: This is my 3rd year in Creative Hand.
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Handspun Yarns, Rovings, Felting Batts.
A few knitted/crocheted/woven finished items. Felted Placemats
Most recent focus: Spinning yarn for weaving and creating a historical garment.
Inspiration: Master Spinner College course, this is my final project for graduation.
Methods / Processes: Creating a Viking female outfit all the way from the sheep to the finished wearable garment.
History / Background: Crafting has been a part of my life since early childhood. Embroidery, sewing and quilting were my mother’s crafts of choice and she made sure we know them. After my children grew up, I purchased fiber alpacas and Icelandic Sheep, at that point I fell in LOVE with wool and fiber processing. I became an avid spinner and enrolled in the Master Spinner program at Olds College in Alberta, Canada. I just plain love fiber and creating works of art with fiber is a passion of mine and includes both wet and needle felting along with spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet.
Creative Hand Experience: As a member of the KC Fiber Guild, I was invited to join the Creative Hand Sale. Participation has broadened my horizons in fiber art and has provided a means for me to show off what I can create and what my farm critters can produce.
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Crocheted & felted scarves
Crocheted, felted, & embellished brooches
Most recent focus: Exploring new color combinations and experimenting with a variety of different techniques and materials.
Inspiration: Antique & vintage needlework, trims and buttons found at flea markets and antique shows. Learning almost forgotten techniques, then incorporating in work in a modern way. History, nature, and a variety of materials/supplies.
Methods / Processes: Research, observation, sketches followed by creating samples - lots of trial and error. Much of my work is crocheted wool, which I felt and embellish with glass beads and vintage buttons from my collection.
History / Background: From macaroni necklaces, macrame plant holders, and beaded chokers I made as a child, to silversmithing, knitting, crocheting and felting as an adult, I have always been interested in making jewelry and accessories and creating/designing. While my degree from Rhode Island School of Design is in Illustration, over the years I have discovered and explored many other creative avenues such as pattern/textile design, graphic design, illustration and a variety of crafts. After many years as a designer/illustrator/art director for several large companies, I started my own freelance business where I provide a variety of creative services.
Creative Hand Experience: This will be my third year participating in Creative Hand. After shopping at the Creative Hand Show several times, I inquired about how to join and discovered the KC Fiber Guild, where I have met many talented and inspiring fiber artists.
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Handspun yarns, mini mitten ornaments knit out of handspun yarns
Most recent focus: I love creating squishy barberpoled handspun in all different colors. It's so fun to see how the colors come together and then to knit this lovely yarn into one of a kind garments.
Inspiration: I'm inspired by colors and by texture - I really love deep jewel tones and saturated colors. I also tend towards the softer more luxurious fibers, ones that you want to wear close to the skin.
Methods / Processes: Every handspun yarn is crafted by me on my spinning wheel throughout the year. The mittens are knit from bits and pieces of handspun and are one of a kind.
History / Background: I started knitting when I was very young (7 years old) and I came to spinning more recently in 2010. I constantly strive to learn new techniques and provide even better products for my customers.
Creative Hand Experience: I started selling at Creative Hand in 2011 and I got involved to learn more about fiber crafts and share my work with other crafters.
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Handwoven and Hand-Dyed Silk Scarves, Hand-Knit Wool Hats and Headbands
Most recent focus: I loved finding that I can dye with the sun! I've worked out a method of dyeing my wraps with gradations of color.
Inspiration: My inspiration comes from the colors of nature and geometric forms. I love the work of the Bauhaus weavers and the rhythms involved in creating on the loom.
Methods / Processes: I continue to use solar dyeing for my scarf wraps. I also use a supplemental weft technique to add geometric designs to my handwoven scarves.
History / Background: I learned my textile techniques as a child and then earned a BFA in Textile Design. I've been knitting since childhood, and have been weaving for about 35 years.
Creative Hand Experience: I've been in the show for 5 years.
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Shawls, Sweaters, Toy Bears, Hats, Jewelry
Most recent focus: Fused glass jewelry, hats, shawls.
Inspiration: Mixing patterns to design my own "ideal" creations is a fun challenge for me.
Methods / Processes: Fusing glass for jewelry allows a wide range of imagination to surface. And knitting fascinates me... what can be created with so few stitch combinations and techniques.
History / Background: Knitting has been a part of my life for over 55 years, crochet, too. I began working with art glass back in the 1960's, a bit more exciting. I also repair/refurbish spinning wheels.
Creative Hand Experience: Creative Hand came into my life when a knitting friend invited our little group to attend the show about 8 years ago. Then I joined the Fiber Guild in 2012 and have been active with Creative Hand since then.
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Hand Dyed and Hand Spun Art Yarn, Hand Dyed and Blended Art Batts, Nuno Felted Scarves on Silk, Dyed Raw Fiber, Roving.
Most recent focus: Nuno felted scarves and dying fiber.
Inspiration: Color, fiber and love of art.
Methods / Processes: Nuno felting, drum carded blended art batts, natural and acid dyes, hand spinning.
History / Background: Owned Alpacas since 2002. Showed animals until 2010 and then decided to start spinning. The rest is history.
Creative Hand Experience: Since 2014. Joined the Fiber Guild and discovered this great show.
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Mini Art Quilts/Pillow Envelopes (dual purpose home décor)
Hand knit hats, scarves & fingerless mitts and yoga socks
Purses: (hand knit and lined)
Blank Journals (handcrafted with upcycled materials)
Quilted and hand stiched microwave safe bowl cozies and mug rugs
Most recent focus: Hand dyed fabrics, quilting arts, always knitting something.
Inspiration: Architecture, Color Theory, Contemporary Art.
Methods / Processes: Fabric dyeing and surface design techniques using fiber reactive dyes, free motion machine stitching, applique techniques and hand embroidery.
History / Background: I have been a maker since birth. I began redesigning my world by drawing on pillowcases, gluing paper to walls and smashing crayons. My energies were redirected as I learned to sew, knit, and embroider. Over the years I have created using sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, fabric dyeing, and graphic arts. I am exploring quilting and surface design. My original knitting patterns are available at
Creative Hand Experience: This is my first year at the Creative Hand Show and my first venture into displaying and offering my finished works.
Circuit Board PillowFingerless MittsJigsawMarvelous MittsMug RugsNYB PillowPillow Wall ArtTam O'ShamYoga Sox1 - 9<>
Christine Long Derks