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Appalachian craft series begins with stitching program

The Mountain Heritage Center at WCU begins a series of hands-on programs this spring celebrating crafts in Southern Appalachia with “A History of Stitching in Appalachia: Treadle Machines to Featherweights” at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the center’s gallery at 161 Hunter Library.

Richard Tichich demonstrates the use of antique sewing machines at a previous event.

Richard Tichich demonstrates the use of antique sewing machines at a previous event.

The program, led by Richard Tichich, photography professor in WCU’s School of Art and Design, is free and open to the public and will continue until 5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome.

Tichich will demonstrate hand-sewing techniques and several sewing machines that date back to the early- and mid-1900s. He has demonstrated the craft at a number of venues, including Mountain Heritage Day.

“I’ve been making quilts as long as I can remember,” Tichich said. “My grandmother used my grandfather’s old clothes to make quilts and taught us how.”

The Appalachian Living series will continue with three more programs this semester.

Textile expert Cassie Dickson of Whittier will demonstrate creating linen cloth from the flax plant on Thursday, March 31.

Faye Junaluska, featured by the Cherokee Artists Project, will introduce Cherokee white oak basket weaving on Thursday, April 14.

Erin Tapley, WCU associate professor of art education, will involve audience members in natural dyeing on Thursday, April 21.

For more information about these and other programs, please contact the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129 or at

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