Crossnore Weavers

About a month ago I posted about a book I’d been reading, Miracle in the Hills, the story of Doctor Mary Sloop and her work in Crossnore, NC.   Last week I finally had the chance to take a day and visit Crossnore to see the weaving operation that Dr. Sloop started in the 1920s, and which still exists.

This is the weaving house the kids built.  After fire destroyed the weaving house, the community banded together to build a new structure to house the weavers.  The children of the school literally passed rocks up from kid to kid from the river to the road where the rocks were loaded onto a truck for the trip up the hill to the construction site.

For years the weaving continued in the rock house.  Today there is a modern addition on the back of it where the weaving continues.  The weaving room is also full of displays about the history of the Crossnore weavers and the weaving program.

The rock wall to the weaver’s left is the original outside wall of the back of the house.

There are still weavers who produce some of the traditional patterns, but much of the production is in modern blends in fashion colors.  Soft and cozy shawls and scarves are a popular product.

They also do online orders, so if you are looking for a genuine handwoven article where the proceeds will go to help children in need, You might look on the Crossnore Weavers site.

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Filed under Made in the USA, North Carolina, Road Trip, Textiles

9 responses to “Crossnore Weavers

  1. Wow what an amazing story! Each of those river stones was picked out and handed down a long line of littlies to rebuilt the beautiful weaving house, such a beautiful and sad part of history. Isn’t it wonderful to see the weavers still at work and producing such beautiful clothing:). x

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  2. Lizzie, your photos are great–their website needs similar pictures to show that loom room and what they do. After cruising the entire website and related websites, I still don’t know who weaves (the students?) and who teaches them (workshops?). This school seems like a wonderful place and I left wanting to know more….

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  3. A great story. Thanks for sharing your photos. Looks like a fabulous place to work – and cosy!

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  4. I’m really excited to incorporate this article into my textiles class. In a few weeks, I will be taking my students to learn how to weave and dye at a similar facility. Very exciting!

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  5. I love watching people weave…what amazing textiles. Wish I could go visit!

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