Folk School Demonstrations

Historic John C. Campbell Folk School of Brasstown, North Carolina will be offering demonstrations in spinning, weaving, dyeing, basketry, and broom making.

Stop by the Folk School Demo Tent to learn more about the oldest folk school in the United States and enter to win tuition for a weeklong class of your choice!

  • Spinning on a Mountain Walking Wheel (Martha Owen, Brasstown, NC): See how the Mountain Walking Wheel works, and how the direct-drive pulley system enables you to spin colorful threads.
  • Shetland Spinning (Elizabeth Johnston, Shetland, UK): Watch and learn about making environmentally friendly yarn, natural dyeing, carding wool, and spinning yarn on a spinning wheel.
  • A Rainbow of Naturally Dyed Yarns Lifted from the Dye Pot (Martha Owen, Brasstown, NC and Emolyn Liden, Breaux Bridge, LA): Create exciting new palettes for your wool and yarn using natural materials, such as lichens, marigolds, madder root, cochineal bugs, walnuts, and Osage-orange. Learn about variables that determine each color’s hue and intensity.
  • Weaving on Rigid Heddle and Floor Looms (Melissa Weaver Dunning, Berryville, VA): Learn how threads are woven into colorful and environmentally friendly fabrics and textiles that can be used for making your own clothing, tablecloths, curtains, and rugs. Find out more about rigid heddle and floor looms and how to get started with materials, equipment, and resources.
  • Basketry—Functional and Fanciful (Pattie Bagley, Marietta, GA): Useful and beautiful baskets take shape using natural materials and various weaving methods including those used in southern Appalachia. Special hands-on demo is planned for all ages.
  • Natural Brooms for Your Home (Mark Hendry, Blue Ridge, GA): Learn about the near-extinct craft of making one of the most useful and necessary items for your home and hearth—a broom. Use traditional methods to transform broomcorn and natural wood handles into a versatile broom that’s ideal for home and hearth.

Founded in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School offers weeklong and weekend learning experiences in traditional crafts, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, and writing. Located in Brasstown, NC, the school is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For a catalog of weeklong classes, events, and for more information visit

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