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        Gee’s Bend and the Oriole Mill: Time and Textiles | Craft in America

        Gee's Bend and the Oriole Mill: Time and Textiles explores the INDUSTRY episode, focusing on the handmade in the creative economy. In Gee's Bend, Alabama, quilting has brought economic success to women whose remarkable quilts have astonished the world. Quilter Joe Cunningham visits Lucy Mingo and Rita Mae Pettway in Gee's Bend, where quilters learned their skills from generations of women who passed down their expertise. At The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina, American textile manufacturing is thriving and artist Bethanne Knudson is proving, through creativity, expertise, and sheer determination that an industry can revive itself.

        Gee’s Bend and the Oriole Mill: Time and Textiles - Lesson Plan | Craft in America

        Students explore forms of fabric construction & consider ideas of hand work, time invested, textile marketing, and use of textiles. They view the INDUSTRY segments on the Gee’s Bend quilts, and the Oriole Mill textile factory & design and make textile squares.

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        Julie Silber on Her Love of Quilts | Craft in America

        Watch as quilt historian Julie Silber talks about her love of quilts.

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        Explore Weaving in Asheville, NC | Craft in America

        Explore weaving in Asheville, North Carolina in this video clip.

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        Gee’s Bend Quilters Lucy Mingo and Rita Mae Pettway Quilting | Craft in America

        An image of Gee’s Bend quilters Lucy Mingo and Rita Mae Pettway quilting.

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        Gee’s Bend Quilter Rita Mae Pettway Quilting | Craft in America

        An image of Gee’s Bend quilters Rita Mae Pettway quilting.

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        Oriole Mill Textiles | Craft in America

        An image of Oriole Mill textiles.

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        Libby O’Bryan, Owner of Sew Co., works with The Oriole Mill to Produce Their Textiles

        An image of Libby O’Bryan, owner of Sew Co, working with The Oriole Mill to produce their textiles.

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