Cornhusk Crafts

Tryon Toy Makers

Tryon Toy Makers

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Polly Rattler

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Jane Cambell

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Annie Lee Bryson

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Jane Campbell

Fiber artist

Boone, NC (Watauga County)

Jane Campbell and her husband Mike Campbell are natives of Watauga County, NC. They live and work on part of a farm that has been in Jane’s family for over a century.

Being raised on the farm, which lies along the “Old Buffalo Trail,” Jane has seen many changes from farming with horses to farming only by a few families. Seeing families leave their farms has made her aware of how precious the “old ways” of farming and handicrafts are and how fast they are being lost.

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Polly Rattler

Cherokee doll maker, beadworker, basketmaker

Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary)

Polly Rattler teaches hands-on workshops in corn shuck doll making, beadwork, and miniature basketmaking. She can work with groups of any age. She has adapted her workshops on baskets and corn shuck dolls for kindergarten to third grade students.

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Annie Lee Bryson

Cornhusk crafter

Jackson County, NC

During her youth in Jackson County, Annie Lee Bryson learned a variety of crafting skills from her mother, including sewing, quilting, and crocheting. But it was during World War II, while working for the National Youth Administration program and enrolled in a class taught by fellow Jackson County native Mrs. Frances Nicholson, that she learned the art that would most catch her fancy. Under Nicholson's tutelage, Bryson and her classmates learned how to make dolls, hats, mats, and even sandals, out of cornhusks.

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