Black Belt Stitches

Tales, Stories, and Stitches from across Alabama's Black Belt Region

Dolls, Monsters and Bears, Oh My!

by | Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

What does a mother of five daughters do to entertain her children? She creates dolls to keep them busy. How old were you when you started sewing? “I was 12-years-old when my mother taught me how to sew. She had an old treadle sewing machine...

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Knock on wood

by | Friday, October 8, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

Rickey Elliott has had a long career working with wood products at a paper mill for over 47 years. Now that he has retired, he continues using his hands to create items from fallen trees. When did you start creating decorative pieces out of...

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Just A Rockin' and a Swangin'

by | Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

What do you do when your 52 years old and the company you have been employed with closes?  "You look at your options", says Sam Dees. "I worked for a company for over 30 years, until it closed.  I could have relocated to another mill and...

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Clicking the Shutter!

by | Friday, August 6, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

What does a country girl from Monroeville, Alabama do as a hobby?  Melanie Andress enjoys visiting places from her childhood and clicking photographs of present day conditions.  In a recent conversation, we discussed her eye for the...

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