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Little Middle Comes to an End

by Becky Howard, Publicity Intern on June 30, 2011

in Little Middle Folk School

The card games and volleyball have been put away, and the sound of children over the Folk School campus has dissipated. This can only mean that Little/Middle Folk School is over.  The students made a wide variety of wonderful Appalachian crafts.  They also enjoyed nightly contra dances, afternoon activities, wonderful food, and seeing old friends and making new ones.

Blacksmithing is always a coveted class among “Middle” students. It was great seeing Able Allen, a former Little/Middle student, now teaching students in the blacksmithing class what he has learned over the years.

The Blacksmithing class takes a break from the forge to listen to a lecture.

On Monday, when I went by the “Middles” weaving class, taught by Geri Forkner, students were paired up and warping their looms. Many of them told me that this was their first time weaving , and that they would love to do it again.

Team work on the loom

On Friday, I walked up to the Festival Barn, where the students displayed their creations so that parents and  other students could see what had been made in other classes.  The “Middles” Fiber Art class, taught by Margaret Radcliffe, made some beautiful knitted works such as scarves, toys, and hats. They seemed very busy over the week.

The Knitting & Dyeing class produced some amazing work.

In the Cornshuck Creativity class, taught by “Little’s” instructor Millie Chaplin, students used their imaginations and made some very creative characters out of cornshucks.

A couple proud cornshuck doll makers pose in front of their class' work.

Over all, by looking at children showing off their crafts to their parents and all that was made over the week, Little/Middle 2011 seemed to be a great success.

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