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Lucy Quarrier was a renowned weaver and a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. During the Depression, representatives from the state of West Virginia chose Mrs. Quarrier to teach rural women how to weave. She was also an accomplished gardener and used her green thumb to create vegetable dyes for her thread and weaving materials. Mrs. Quarrier taught weaving classes and her pupils became known as “The Lucy Quarrier Weavers.” She showcased her talents at arts and crafts festivals and often gave tutorials during the festivals. In her interview, Mrs. Quarrier discusses how she learned to weave. She focuses on different techniques to making thread and weaving. She also discusses the process of vegetable dying. In the audio clip provided, she discusses her technique for working up a loom using a warp board.
Weaving, spinning, vegetable dying
Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | Oral History | Social History | Women's History | Women's Studies
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-82. This interview was conducted by Barbara Woerner. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, November, 2014.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-82, Huntington, WV.