Local teachers learn about craft revival at WCU


The Craft Revival Project at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library recently hosted an all-day workshop for area school teachers to give them some hands-on experience in quilts and other handcrafts. Norma Bradley, teacher workshop leader for the Asheville-based HandMade in America, led the workshop. The day was designed to help educators learn about WCU’s Craft Revival Project, a grant-funded effort to create a digital database of images and documents from the craft revival period of Western North Carolina’s history. Teachers, including Jennie Ashcraft of the Gear-Up program at Southwestern Community College (below at left), also had an opportunity to work with Bradley (right) on quilt squares. Above, Jackson County educators (from left) Kristin Holt, Angie Lovedahl, Marcia Hodgin and Mandy Fouts learned how to apply the making of quilt squares to the educational curriculum in classes as varied as first grade through middle grades language arts to high school geometry.