Look at this. This is my whole town. This is the beginning of town at the high school bridge to the right, and the end of town at taco bell to the left, mainstreets right there in the middle. I love my small town.
A few photos from my visit to the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA earlier this year. This was a weaving center back in the 30’s 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. It was named after its founder, Mary Hambidge, who was quite a woman. I’ll write more about her later.
It now has a few artist’s studios, including a ceramics studio, but no weavers, alas. You can fix that, fellow weavers - check out the link below. The items pictured are in a showcase in the gallery shop. If you visit, you’ll also see old sample books and other fascinating items.
Back in their weaving days they (the Weavers of Rabun) had a store on Madison Avenue (NYC) called Rabun Studios, where they sold material woven in Rabun County to more affluent customers there. It operated for over 20 years. They also had a local store on Betty’s Creek
In 1945 they were commissioned to weave material for President Truman’s presidential yacht. 250 yards were woven in silk and cotton.
How do I know all of this? From a wonderful book titled Weavers of the Southern Highlands by Philis Alvic. The photos alone are worth searching out this book. There’s a pic on page 155 of a weaver standing under a warping board that is leaning against her house, a spool rack (creel) that must be 10 feet long braced with very large rocks, and a cow looking on.
The book is also very insightful re pricing woven goods, something very relevant even today.