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Masontown artist has cachet in crochet

Under the tutelage of her mother many years ago, Imelda McKercher of Masontown began to work with needle art and discovered a passion that she still enjoys on a regular basis.

“I honestly can't remember a time that I didn't crochet,” McKercher said. “I've always enjoyed it.”

McKercher is the January Artist of the Month and will have her items displayed at the Fayette County Courthouse in the Law Library.

McKercher enjoys a form of needlework called thread crochet in which she does the traditional form of crocheting only using different thread and needles.

“The thread that I use for this is a specific kind of thread is only slightly thicker then sewing thread and the needles are steel hooks that are very fine,” McKercher said.

McKercher creates lovely dollies, small hangings and has even made Christmas ornaments but her passion lies in an area that is very interesting and unique.

“I specialize in miniature quilts for dollhouses,” Mc-Kercher said of the lovely little quilts that measure about 6 inches by 8 inches. “I really enjoy making the little patchwork quilts. The patches on the quilts measure less then 1 inch and it takes me about 10 to 12 hours to make one.”

McKercher sells her miniature artwork on eBay and through her own website titled “Pugcentric Pursuits.”

Working on a daily basis, McKercher says that she wishes she could devote even more time to her hand work.

“I spend about two hours every night crocheting,” McKercher said.

McKercher has been making quilts for many years and just recently, decided to try ornaments that were crocheted. To her delight, she discovered that she enjoyed the unique creations.

“I realize that there are only a small amount of people who use the dollhouse quilts, so I wanted to find a larger niche,” McKercher said.

McKercher commented that the hobby is sadly one that seems to be going by the wayside as fewer and fewer people crochet or knit.

“Unfortunately, I think that many people look upon crocheting and knitting as stodgy and old-fashioned, but I think that its wonderful,” McKercher said. “Women used to really enjoy doing needlework years ago, and it just seems that they don't these days and I think that is a shame. The skills just aren't passed along like they used to be.”

McKercher said that she heard about the opportunity to display her needlework and was thrilled for the chance, her very first at showing the public on a larger scale what she does and what she creates.

“I think that this is wonderful and a nice way for me to put my work on display,” McKercher said. “I really enjoy what I do, and I find it very pleasurable. It's really easy and easy to learn and just so nice to do.”

All of the items that are on display at the library are for sale.

The exhibit will be open during regular hours at the law library through the end of the month.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.


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