Terry Phelps holds two of the faces she created from wool.

Terry Phelps holds two of the faces she created from wool.

The Spring Creek Artisans annual Pumpkin Day will return again this year.

Planned for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, the event will be held at Creative Arts Center.

A wide variety of handmade items, from original paintings, wood carvings and turnings, pottery, baskets, fiber art, quilts, stained glass, wire-wrapped jewelry and homemade baked goods are available for purchase from local artisans. Several artisans will demonstrate their craft onsite.

Dulcimer music will be provided by Carol Spurlock. Cookies, coffee, and apple cider will welcome guests as they shop. Kids can enjoy free face painting and a craft table at the event.

A door prize will be offered. Filipino Favorites, a food truck will be on-site.

Each Spring Creek Artisan artist is featured. The 2021 featured artist is Terry Phelps.

Phelps is a fiber artist, mostly working with wool. Her artistic talent spans a variety of mediums, most recently with wool and a new-found love of pottery.

Phelps moved to Salem, along with her husband, also named Terry – about 15 years ago.

She credits her love of art to her grandmother, Ola Traxler, who instilled the importance of art and crafting in her formative years. Traxler was a 4-H leader and encouraged Phelps to attend and participate in a variety of activities from arts to gardening.

Growing up south of Columbia, Phelps learned crochet, needlepoint, embroidery, canning, gardening, and more from her beloved grandma.

Phelps originally began working with wool, as she and husband Terry raised sheep years ago. The fleece was abundant from the shearing of sheep. After fleece has been sheared, it must be processed to become wool. The process is referred to as carded wool. The fleece is then referred to as roving, before it is spun. This can be used for spinning the wool into yarn, or other textile arts. When Phelps receives the roving, she uses a barbed needle to create creatures and faces. The needle and tucking of the roving begins to take shape and can be crafted to almost anything.

Phelps creates mittens, sweaters and more from wool – and completes her own spinning of wool into yarn on an old-fashioned spinning wheel.

In addition to wool fiber arts, she has a love of pottery after revisiting the craft with Kerry Collins with Fire and Muck Pottery Studio, just outside of Salem. Other art Phelps has enjoyed includes traditional Native American bead art, in which she is self-taught; weaving and quilting.

In a recent interview she shared her first experience with quilting, along with her great-grandma.

“I bled more than I care to remember on the first quilt I made,” she said with a laugh.

“I was little and the thimble didn’t fit my finger correctly, so there was a lot of blood…”

The Phelps live on a farm in Salem, along with son, Hawk, and enjoy raising cattle, horses, chickens, bees and gardening.

For additional information contact Spring Creek Artisan president Linda Flieg at 573-247-1898 or email- lflieg1960@gmail.com. The Creative Arts Center is located on Hwy. 19, behind the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center.