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October 14, 2012

Hay to show hand-knitted dolls craft

Artisan Carla Hay will be the featured presenter at the Mineral Wells Art Association meeting Tuesday evening, demonstrating her technique for making hand-knit dolls.

This “fun and different demonstration,” according to MWAA President Mike Wells, will begin at 7 p.m. A business meeting precedes the demonstration at 6 p.m. The MWAA is located at 204 S.E. 3rd Ave.

Hay, a registered nurse since 1976 and nurse practitioner at the Palo Pinto Rural Health Clinic in Gordon for the last 20 years, said she became interested in fiber arts when she was a child in elementary school.

“When I became too old to play with dolls I sewed clothes for them,” she recalled. “My grandmother, Winnie Hester, taught me the crochet basics when I was 11 and my aunt Ruth Cerret taught me how to knit when I was 14.”

She started college as an art major and said, “The projects that I did the best were the sculptures that used material and yarn.”

Hay has attended classes at Jennings Street Yarn Shop, in Fort Worth, and at the Sealed with a Kiss Yarn Shop, in Guthrie, Okla. She is a member of Artcrafters, a mixed-media art group in Arlington.

“Of all the projects I do I enjoy making dolls and teddy bears the most,” she said.

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