Hand Weaving of the Southern Highlands

Scope: 

Only in the past one hundred years has there been written a significant amount of information on hand weaving in the Southern Appalachian mountains.  Information can be found in the form of newspaper and journal articles, and books, some of which are about handcrafts in general and contain a section on weaving.  A handful of books also exist on specific places related to hand weaving, or specific products.  Bibliographic sources abound, while general information in encyclopedias and dictionaries is scarce.  Cherokee hand weaving is not included in this Pathfinder.

Introductory Text: 

Alvic, Philis.  Weavers of the Southern Highlands.  Lexington:  University of Kentucky Press.  2003.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  TT848.A716 2003

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant:

  • Atwater, Mary Meigs
  • Coverlets Appalachian Region Exhibitions
  • Coverlets Appalachian Region Southern
  • Coverlets Georgia
  • Coverlets – Kentucky
  • Coverlets New York State New York Catalogs
  • Coverlets North Carolina Winston Salem Exhibitions
  • Coverlets Southern States History 18th Century Exhibitions
  • Coverlets Southern States History 19th Century Exhibitions
  • Coverlets – Tennessee
  • Coverlets – United States
  • Coverlets United States Catalogs
  • Coverlets United States Exhibitions
  • Coverlets United States History
  • Coverlets United States History 20th Century Catalogs
  • Crossnore School – (Crossnore, North Carolina) – Weaving Department
  • Douglas, Clementine
  • Hand Weaving
  • Hand Weaving Appalachian Region History
  • Hand Weaving Appalachian Region Southern
  • Hand Weaving Encyclopedias
  • Hand Weaving Equipment And Supplies :
  • Hand Weaving History
  • Hand Weaving History 20th Century
  • Hand Weaving North America Patterns
  • Hand Weaving – North Carolina
  • Hand Weaving North Carolina Asheville
  • Hand Weaving North Carolina Crossnore
  • Hand Weaving Patterns
  • Hand Weaving Periodicals           
  • Hand Weaving – Tennessee
  • Hand Weaving – Tennessee – History
  • Hand Weaving Tennessee Patterns
  • Hand Weaving – United States
  • Hand Weaving – United States – History
  • Weavers
  • Weavers Appalachian Region Southern
  • Weavers – Legal Status
  • Weavers – Laws - Scotland
  • Weavers – North Carolina***
  • Weavers – Southern States
  • Weavers – Tennessee
  • Weavers – United States
  • Weavers – United States – Bibliography
  • Weaving
  • Weaving Appalachian Mountains
  • Weaving Appalachian Region Southern
  • Weaving Catalogs
  • Weaving – Coverlets
  • Weaving – Georgia
  • Weaving Handbooks Manuals Etc
  • Weaving Handbooks Manuals Etc Early Works To 1800
  • Weaving -- Inkle
  • Weaving – Kentucky
  • Weaving Kentucky Berea
  • Weaving North America History
  • Weaving North Carolina Avery County
  • Weaving – North Carolina – Crossnore
  • Weaving – North Carolina – Penland
  • Weaving Patterns
  • Weaving Patterns Handbooks Manuals Etc
  • Weaving Patterns History
  • Weaving – Religious Life
  • Weaving – Tennessee
  • Weaving Tennessee Gatlinburg
  • Weaving – United States
  • Weaving United States History 20th Century Exhibitions
  • Weaving Virginia Abingdon Catalogs

Also Relevant:

  • Appalachian Consortium
  • Appalachian Region Art American
  • Appalachian Region Art American Exhibitions
  • Appalachian Region Artisans
  • Appalachian Region Arts
  • Appalachian Region Arts Periodicals Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Appalachian Region Arts Economic Aspects   
  • Arts – Study and Teaching (higher) – North Carolina – Black Mountain
  • Berea College
  • Berea Handicraft Industries Kentucky
  • Berea Handicraft Kentucky Catalogs
  • Berea Handicraft Kentucky History
  • Berea Weaving Kentucky
  • Crossnore Boarding Schools North Carolina
  • Crossnore Children Institutional Care North Carolina Periodicals
  • Crossnore Hand Weaving North Carolina
  • Crossnore School
  • Crossnore School – Crossnore, North Carolina
  • Crossnore School – (Crossnore, North Carolina) – History
  • Crossnore School Periodicals
  • Crossnore School Weaving Department
  • Crossnore Weaving North Carolina
  • Decorative Arts – Appalachian Region, Southern – History – 20th Century
  • Handlooms
  • Handlooms United States History
  • Male Weavers
  • Morgan, Lucy
  • Penland School of Handicrafts
  • Rosemont
  • Sloop, Mary Martin
  • Women Weavers

More General:

  • Art, American – Appalachian Region – Exhibitions
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Looms
  • Tennessee – Folk Arts

Related:

  • Artisans – United States
  • Arts – Study and Teaching
  • Black Mountain College
  • Dyes
  • Dying
  • Fibers
  • Folk Art
  • Handicraft – Appalachian Region – Exhibitions
  • Mountain Whites
  • Social Customs
  • Wool
Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Handicrafts
  • Weaving
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • TT848
  • NK410
  • NK814
  • NK1410
  • NK8972
  • NK8998
  • NK9112
  • NK9199
  • TS1490
  • TT9
  • TT12
  • TT23.2
  • TT835
  • Z1251
  • Z6154
  • F217. A65
  • HD2346. U52
  • LD393. P39
  • ML3551
  • NK1174. A57
  • R154. S515
  • TT24. K4
  • Z1287
  • F261. C6
  • GR105. F6
  • HV4194. A3
  • PR508
  • TP899
Books: 

Eaton, Allen H.  The Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands.  Russell Sage
Foundation.  New York: Dover Publications, 1973.  92-122. ASU Appalachian Collection.  NK814. E2

Goodrich, Francis Louisa.  Mountain Homespun.  New Haven: Yale University
Press, 1931.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  TT848. G65

Hall, Eliza Calvert.  The Book of Handwoven Coverlets.  Boston: Little,
Brown, and Co., 1912; reprint with a publisher’s note, New York: Dover Publications, 1988.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  NK9112. H33

Wigginton, Eliot, Ed.  Foxfire 2.  Garden City, New York: Anchor Press/
Doubleday, 1973.  172-255.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  F291.2. F62

Whisnant, David.  All That is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an
American Region.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1983.  60, 64-67, 157, 175. ASU Appalachian Collection.  F217. A65. W47

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Brunvard, Jan Harold, Ed.  Article by Philis Alvic.  American Folklore: An
Encyclopedia.  New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996.  745-750.  ASU Appalachian Collection Oversize.  GR101. A54

Encyclopedia of Crafts.  New York:  Scribner, c1980.  Western Carolina University Reference, TT9 .E5 v.1-3

Handcrafted in Kentucky:  A Directory of Kentucky Craftspeople.  Frankfort:  Kentucky Department of the Arts.  1983.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  TT12 .H36 1983.

Practical Encyclopedia of Crafts.  New York:  Sterling Publishing Co.  1970.  ASU IMC Reference.  745.5.P895.

Southeastern Kentucky Regional Library Cooperative. Appalachian/Kentuckiana Bibliography.  2nd ed.  Jackson, Kentucky.  1974.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z1287 .S69 1974.  

Zielinski, Stanislaw A.  Encyclopedia of Hand-weaving.  New York:  Funk & Wagnalls.  [1976] c1959.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  TT848 .Z5 1976.

Bibliographies: 

Folk Culture and Regional History: A Guide to Audio and Video RecordingsAvailable from the Archives of Appalachia.  Johnson City, TN: Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University, 1981.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z5984. A6 A6

Burch, John R.  The Bibliography of Appalachia:  More Than 4,700 Books, Articles, Monographs and Dissertations, Topic.  Jefferson, NC:  McFarland.  2009.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z1251 .A7 B87 2009.

Bibliographies of Craft Books in the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Library.  Asheville, NC:  Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Library, 1983-1987.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z6154.U62 A67 1983.

Cogswell, Robert.  A Selected Bibliography of Tennessee Folk Arts.  Tennessee
Folklore Society Bulletin, 1984.  50(4): 142-145.  30 citations.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  GR1. T36.

Eaton, Allen H.  The Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands.  Russell Sage
Foundation.  New York: Dover Publications, 1973.  351-355.  27 citations.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  NK814. E2.

Ennis, Lynn Jones.  Penland and the ‘Revival’ of Craft ‘Traditions’: A Study of
The Making of American Identities.  Union Institute, 1995.  538-553.
39 citations.   ASU Appalachian Collection.  1 copy being processed on microfilm.

Farr, Sydney Saylor.  Appalachian Women, an Annotated Bibliography.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1987.  8 citations.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z7964. A127 F37.

Fisher, Steve.  A Selected Bibliography of Unpublished Theses and Dissertations.  [S.I.:s.n., 1977]  ASU Appalachian Collection, Closed.  Z1251.A7 F57 1977.

Martin, Charles E.  Kentucky’s Traditional Arts and Crafts: A Bibliography.
Kentucky Folklore Record, 1985.  3191-4): 1-94.  71 citations.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  GR1. K42.

Perrin, Alfred H.  The Weatherford-Hammond Mountain Collection of Berea College.  Berea, KY:  1975.  Microfiche. Woodbridge, Conn. : Primary Source Microfilm, an imprint of Thomson/Gale, 2004 ; Louisville, Ky. : Lost Cause Press, 1976. 2 microfiches. (Kentucky culture ; fiches A-50,033-A-50,034). ASU Appalachian Collection.

Ross, Charlotte T.  Bibliography of Southern Appalachia.  Knoxville, Tennessee:
University of Tennessee Press, 1976.  234.  7 citations.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  Z1251. A7 B5x.

Southeastern Kentucky Regional Library Cooperative. Appalachian/Kentuckiana Bibliography. 2nd ed. Jackson, Kentucky. 1974. ASU Appalachian Collection. Z1287 .S69 1974.

Abstracts and Indices: 

America: History and Life
http://serials.abc-clio.com/

Historical Abstracts.
http://serials.abc-clio.com/

This list of Abstracts and Indices will be helpful in an exhaustive bibliography:

Alternative Press Index.
ASU Reference Index.  A13. A27.  Bound: v. 1 – 1969 – April/June 1999 31:2.

Dissertation Abstracts.
http://www.library.appstate.edu/home/elecres/titlender.html#D

Historical Abstracts.  Part A.  Modern history abstracts, 1775-1914.
ASU Reference Index.  D299. H5 PT. A.  Bound: v. 17, 1971 – v. 46, 1995.           

Historical Abstracts.  Part B.  Twentieth Century Abstracts, 1914- ASU Reference Index.  D299. H5 PT. B.  Bound: v. 17, 1971 – v. 46, 1995.

Sociological Abstracts.
ASU Reference Index.  HM1. 567.  Bound: v. 1, 1953 – v. 44, 1996.

Journals: 

Appalachian Journal.  Boone, North Carolina.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  F216. 2. A66.  Bound: v. 1 – 1974 – Fall 1999 27:1

Arts Across Kentucky.  Lexington, KY:  Crystal Communications, 2000- ASU Appalachian Collection.  AP1.A79 C7.  Bound:  Winter 2001.

Foxfire.  Rabun Gap, GA: Foxfire Fund, Inc.  ASU Appalachian Collection.  GR1. F59.  Bound: v. 1, 1967 – v. 26, no. 2 1992.

Handweaver and Craftsman.  New York: Handweaver and Craftsman.  ASU Periodicals.  Bound: v. 13, 1962 – v. 24, 1973

Mountain Life and Work.  Berea, KY: Berea College, 1925-  ASU Appalachian Collection.  GR 103. M5.  Bound: v. 6-7, 11-13, 15, 33, 1957 – v. 64, 1988

Microfilm: v. 1, 1925 – v. 52, 1976

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Jinny A. Turman, 26 October 1999

Updated by: 

Updated: Donna Corriher, 7 October 2009

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