Fiber & Textiles

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Karen Lovell has been a seamstress since she was in Junior High School.  Over the years, Karen has developed a love for quilting, and her work features a variety of Crib and "throw"-size quilts.  However, Karen also takes custom orders for larger sizes.  Karen is a local from Morristown and is returning for her third year at Mountain Makins.  

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Patricia Allbaugh returns to Mountain Makins with her award-winning work. As a child, Allbaugh received her first needle-working lessons from her grandmother. She continues those traditions in her work today.  She enjoys creating her own designs and has won awards for her needlework at area fairs. 



This will be Heather Youngblood's first Mountain Makins, and she is joining the Festival from Afton, TN.  Heather is bringing beautiful pieces of dye silk, linen and cotton fabrics from natural plants that we grow on the farm in East Tennessee. Our line includes silk scarves, cotton kerchiefs, linen garments, pillows and other home textiles. Each piece is individually created, hand dyed and uniquely embellished with slow stitches and vintage buttons. 

Be sure to stop by Heather's booth and give her a big Mountain Makins welcome!

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Teresa Buchanan has been coming to Mountain Makins for the past 6 years, and we are always happy to see her coming with her wearable art.  Teresa makes handwoven scarves, blankets, shawls, and afghans created using four and eight harness looms. 


Sharon Merritt practices traditional needle work passed down through generations of her family.  She and her mother, Nancy Giguere, have mastered the craft of knitting and crocheting and create beautiful winter wearables for all ages. 


Emily Paris is the owner of Crystal Cat Dyes our of Weaverville, NC.  Crystal Cat Dyes creates wearable art through hand dyed and painted garments. During her process, she adds and takes away color, by using combination of shibori and non-traditional tie dye techniques. Some of Emily’s best selling items include women’s boutique style clothing, unisex button up shirts, homewares, silk scarves, and rayon wraps.

This is Emily's second Mountain Makins, and we are so glad to welcome her back this year.