Colleen Ray

Colleen Ray

Featured Member

We, at the Hickman County Arts and Craft Guild, would like to introduce you to this installment of our featured artist, Colleen Ray.

Colleen lives in Centerville with her husband Glen. She has been a member of the Guild for eight years and has been involved in her craft for 12 years. She serves the Guild as a Co-chair for the Membership committee, and assistant to the Events Chair.

She learned to crochet from one of her friends at church, the late Ms. Inez Scott, formerly of Centerville. Colleen picked up the art quickly and has been practicing the almost lost-art form ever since. She has become so skilled in crocheting that she can modify or create patterns to meet her, or the customers’, desired outcome.

Her craft booth is called ‘Colleen’s Homemade Gifts’ in which she sells her wares. Her gift is crocheting numerous items including clothing, outerwear, baby items, blankets, afghans, and home decor. She finds that working with her hands is very relaxing and rewarding. She also gets the feeling of accomplishment when she sells an article or receives one of the many compliments on the quality and creativity of her work. As she is working on an item, she prays for blessings to the eventual owner of each piece.

Even though crocheting is becoming a lost-art form, Colleen has seen an increase in interest in learning from the younger generations, both men and women.

She can be found displaying and selling her articles at the Guild sponsored fairs; Keg County and Christmas Time’s A-Comin’. She can also be found at the Annual Banana Pudding Festival as well as other events in Hickman and Dickson County. If you miss her at one of the craft fairs, you can join her public Facebook group, ‘Colleen’s Homemade Gifts’. She lists her items, and they are for sale. Colleen also takes custom orders so if you do not see what you want, just ask.

Colleen enjoys being a member of the Guild because she appreciates the other members’ creativity in their numerous art forms. If you would like to contact Colleen, you can reach out in her Facebook Group or email her at