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Rita de Maintenon

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Carol Turner

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Eula Mae Lavender

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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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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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Eula Mae Lavender

Crochet and quilt artist

Black Mountain, NC (Buncombe County)

Growing up south of Black Mountain, the only child of a widowed father, Eula Mae Lavender picked up countless useful skills during her childhood. She kept house and helped with the farming. She learned canning and preserving. She learned how to make molasses, using a press run off of the first electric generator in the community. She learned to keep account books, and even learned draftsmanship, a skill that she employed years later in drawing up the blueprints for her own house. She learned how to drive a car on the hair-raising, twisty turns of Highway 9, then a single-lane track.

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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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