Needlework

Womens Work at Carson House

What the women of the house used to do.

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Rita de Maintenon

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Carol Turner

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Virginia McClellan

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Carol Turner

Quilter and seamstress

Vilas, NC (Watauga County)

Carol Turner has a knack for working with needles and hooks. She grew up in the Shulls Mill community of Watauga County and spent time with her grandmother and great-aunt, both of whom quilted and embroidered. "She quilted all the time," Carol says of her grandmother. "When I was a little girl, I loved it." Carol's love for quilting, knitting, crocheting, and other crafts has carried into her adult life, and she continues to stay active with her crafts.

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Virginia McClellan

Seamstress

Newland, NC (Avery County)

Virginia McClellan thoroughly enjoys working in the Crossnore Weaving Room at the Crossnore School.  “This is just down my line,” she says, “[Sewing is] what I like to do.”  Virginia has been working for the Weaving Room for several years, and she has been sewing for most of her life.  She finishes all of the hand-woven goods in the Weaving Room.

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Rita de Maintenon

Crocheter

Fletcher, NC (Henderson County)

North Carolinians have many customs of German origin, ranging from how we build churches to the side dishes we serve at barbecues, but most of these traditions have been passed down through so many generations that we often forget their source. Rita de Maintenon, a first-generation North Carolinian who lives in Henderson County, is a folk artist in a tradition that she learned not through the filter of long-ago immigrant ancestors, but during her own childhood in Frankfurt.

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