2021 Craft Workshops

2021 Craft Workshops

Craft workshops will be offered through April, sponsored by West Plains Council on the Arts, and hosted by local artisan Tara Hensley.

The calendar of workshops is below. Details will be added as final plans are made.

Class size is limited.

Tickets can be purchased through the Facebook event page each month.

Watch the WPCA Facebook page for future class announcements.



Tara Hensley was raised in a small town in the Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio until about the age of 12.  Her upbringing included being a member in the Patchworkers 4-H club, where most of her projects consisted of food, sewing and crafts taught by her mother, a 4-H leader. Hensley won ribbons for her work at local and state fairs, including an award for Outstanding of the Day at the Ohio State Fair. Hensley now lives in West Plains.

“For the most part I have created things for my own home but now have decided to share those things that I create and cherish so much,” says Hensley. “My passion is for what they are calling these days – rustic, primitive and farmhouse.  Most of my items have been upcycled from a vintage piece or made from a common household item. This is what inspires me.  Of course, I love frequenting vintage re-sale shops and antique stores for my inspirations, so most items that I make are pre-loved and show wear. DIY is a way of life in the Midwest.  Thou art blessed who “rescues” unwanted items.”

January Workshop

Create your Loop Yarn Chunky Scarf at this workshop January 12! West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host the workshop, conducted by local artist Tara Hensley, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Trillium Trust offices, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. in West Plains. Cost for the workshop is $30, all supplies included.
Anyone can knit without needles. Get looped into finger knitting and learn how to work with this easy and super soft yarn. In this class you will learn how to make this super easy basket weave stitch loop yarn chunky scarf. Give it as a gift or keep for yourself to wear with your favorite winter coat. Plan to register early so you can pick your favorite color. Choices are black, red, purple, blue, gray, pink, white or burgundy.
Space is limited. Best practices will be followed regarding social distancing and face masks to ensure the safety of our attendees. Reserve your spot by reserving your ticket through Eventbrite on the https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=128560512955 – Loop Yard Chunky Scarf Workshop; or call Paula at 417-293-2325.
Since many participants did not finish this project, here are a couple of places to get more information:
You tube video is the best way to  learn  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IFBHuNOo5A but I’ve attached instructions for a loop yarn crisscross stitch as well.