A stitch in time
By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on August 15, 2010 1:50 AM
Ginger Gatlin weaves on a loom in the same way Gov. Charles B. Aycock's mother, Serena, would have in the late 1800s.
Sally Smith gives a historical spinning demonstration using rabbit fur during the "Stitch in Time" event held Saturday at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace Historic Site.
Demonstrations at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock historic site was part of the "Stitch in Time" event at which people learned about weaving, spinning, and quilting fabrics during the late 1800s. Spinning and weaving were crucial to North Carolina farm families of the era.
The event was part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources "Second Saturdays" effort designed to provide special programming at all of the state's parks and historic sites. The program was started in order to highlight North Carolina culture and history, and at the same time generate sales opportunities for artists and craftsmen. Bluegrass music was part of the day's festivities, along with displays of homemade quilts.