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May 9, 2012

Yarn, flutes among features at arts and craft show

DUNCAN — Yarn, yarn and more yarn could be found at the Yarnaholics booth during the Duncan Crafts, Arts, and Hobbies Association Spring Craft Show Saturday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

Sisters Heather Turner and Leslie Neely, along with their mother Debbie Turner, can create almost anything imaginable with their several rolls of yarn in all different colors. From hats to flowers to hair clips, the women can turn almost any item into a yarn creation.

The two sisters have been crocheting for several years after their mother taught them. Debbie was taught when she was young and had no problem passing the craft down to her daughters.

“It’s a lost art, and not many people want to hand-make anything,” she said. “They wanted to learn and they have modernized (the craft).”

At first, they used their talents to make gifts for their friends who were having children because it was something unique to give that you can’t find in a store. After successfully selling a few items, they decided to turn it into a small business September 2011.

Their ideas for new items comes from online sites such as Pinterest and Etsy. They have their own Etsy site as well as a Facebook page. Often, they receive requests for specific products.

“The creative online sites are awesome,” Heather said about finding inspiration. “And people will tell us ‘Oh, we really like that giraffe, but could you make it pink?’”

Because it is spring, most people aren’t shopping for knitted hats and scarves, so Debbie and her daughters tried to think of more seasonally appropriate items for their booth. One of those is flip-flops that have yarn wound around the straps and a gem flower at the bend.

“Leslie’s friend showed them to me on Pinterest and I made some for all the little girls at our family reunion and they were a big hit,” she said. “It also makes the flip-flops more comfortable.”

This is the second Duncan craft show for the women to have their booth and, although, they were more successful at the Fall Craft Show, they said they still were having a good time.

“I get to sit here for a couple of days with my two girls and that’s priceless,” Debbie said.

Another booth that caught several eyes and ears was that of Duane Paul. He has been playing flutes ever since 1998 after the dedication of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s On the Trail Monument.

“My wife bought me a flute at the dedication from a vendor and I had been listening to flute music for a long time,” said Paul. “A couple years later I started making them.”

Now, he not only makes Native American flutes but also a number of other types of acoustic-based instruments. These include tuned wind chimes, Aeolian harps, rain sticks, pan flutes, shakuhachi and quena. He took a few minutes each hour to play for those working and attending the craft show.

“I just want to do my part to keep the flute alive,” Paul said. “It’s important, it brings peace.”

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