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Avery Middle School student Ollianne Raney learns some finer points of operating a loom
from Weaving Room weaver and former Crossnore student Stephanie Hoilman.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-12-07 10:34:41
Last modified: 2012-12-07 10:34:41

Weaving past into present

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The Weaving Room at Crossnore School Inc. was originally established by Mary Martin Sloop to educate local people in the craft of weaving to create a means of bringing in income and to preserve the ancient craft. Thanks to funding from North Carolina Arts Council, Crossnore Weavers is again reaching out to local young people to preserve weaving as an element of Appalachian culture.

Over the next several months, 25 Avery Middle School students and Avery home school students will visit Crossnore Weavers in order to learn to operate the looms and produce a small woven project.

Stephanie Hoilman, a former Crossnore School Inc. student, now works as part of Crossnore Weavers, helping to produce its array of woven product and, thanks to the new program, educate Avery’s young people in weaving.

“I would love to see more young people here,” Hoilman said. “I would love to see it passed on.”

Hoilman first started working with Crossnore Weavers as a campus job while she was a student at Crossnore School Inc., and found her passion in crafting many of the products that are sold in the Crossnore Weavers’ shop.

For more information on Crossnore Weavers, click to, call (828) 733-4660 or visit the Weaving Room on the campus of Crossnore School Inc.