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After I read IPIL I put in an interlibrary loan request for Textile Art and Uplifting the South. I’m a quiltmaker, not a weaver, so I didn’t understand all the terminology but I certainly admired the coverlets in the exhibit. I also love human interest stories (I listen to StoryCorps on NPR every week) so the biographies of the weavers and their descendants’ comments were grand. Then I read Mary Mildred’s biography. I had never heard of her and I was glad to belatedly make her acquaintance. Her determination to make people’s lives better–evidently carried out with charm and grace–is exemplary. I noted too your comments about the stereotyping of Appalachia, fueled by sensational journalists.
All your research has found an appreciative audience in me!  What are you going to work on next?

 

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  1. Mimi
    May 9, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    I have just finished my first novel. The setting is southwest Virginia in 1910 where the McCloud family operate a textile mill. The youngest son has fallen in love with a young married woman. The story takes place over a period of eighteen months, in which the main characters are forced to make difficult decisions in their personal and professional lives, ultimately choosing to abide by or challenge traditional values and the consequences of those decisions. Stay tuned…..

    • Sami
      November 17, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      Gosh, memories!! I did flax spninnig when I was at teacher training college. Long, long fibres and wet hands are what I remember. Lovely to weave, though. I’ve still got my linen mat I made somewhere!!!

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