Weaving

Susan Leveille

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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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Wilma Hatchett McNabb

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Ossie Clark Phillips

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Ossie Clark Phillips

Weaver

Avery County, NC

Ossie Clark Phillips was a weaver most of her life. She was born in 1915, shortly after Dr. Mary Martin Sloop and her husband Dr. Eustace Sloop established the Crossnore School a mile from her home in the mountains of Avery County. When the school opened its weaving program and her mother learned to weave, a new way of life opened for Ossie Clark. "My mama had a loom at home, and I'd slip to her loom when she wasn't there," Ossie said, recalling her own early fascination with weaving. All of the Clark children took a turn at the loom.

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Wilma Hatchett McNabb

Weaver

Cherokee County, NC

Wilma Hatchett McNabb was a native of Cherokee County, North Carolina, and a master of overshot pattern weaving. This type of artistic weaving is performed on a large wooden loom and requires a great deal of technical knowledge, skill, and time to practice. The art was once very common throughout the Southern Appalachian mountains but is rarely found today.

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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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