Quilting

Mars Hill

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Clay County History and Arts Museum

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Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

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Womens Work at Carson House

What the women of the house used to do.

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Mountain Heritage Classes Project

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Willard and Ora Watson

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Elsie Trivette

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Willard and Ora Watson

Woodcarver, dancer, musician, storyteller and quilter

Watauga County, NC

Willard Watson and his wife Ora were among the extraordinary traditional artists in the Watson family of Watauga County, who were recognized with a 1994 North Carolina Heritage Award. Willard, a first cousin to famed guitarist Doc Watson, was widely known as a flatfoot dancer, storyteller, banjo player, and especially a woodcarver.

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Elsie Trivette

Fiber artist

Avery County, NC

For well over half a century, Elsie Trivette practiced and perfected handicrafts that she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in the mountains of Avery County. She was skilled at making knotted bedspreads and hand-tied fringe, venerable crafts that were widely practiced in the mountain region in earlier generations. Her expertise ranged from growing, processing, and spinning flax, and carding and spinning wool, to making quilts and hooked rugs. By selling her handmade rugs and quilts, she single-handedly supported a family of seven after her husband became ill.

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Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more.

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