Originally from Waverly, Ohio, Vickie Cassady learned how to knit from an elderly aunt when she was a young girl. She married her high school sweetheart and lived in numerous places where the Air Force stationed her husband. In 1989 they moved to Louisville to settle.
In 2005, Vickie took up knitting again. She states, “Knitting became therapy for me after my mother passed away; I had been caring for her for 10 years.” Vickie began making purses after seeing one a friend in her church choir had made. Her friend taught her how to make a knitted purse and Vickie began a new career!
Vickie knits her purses with all wool yarns and felts them by washing them in hot water and then rinsing them in cold water to felt the wool and strengthen it into a durable fabric. She likes using yarns that contain a small amount of mohair.
Works by Vickie Cassady can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Marcum’s Gallery, Anchorage, KY; Touche Boutique, Middletown, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.