Black Belt Stitches

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

Just Monogram It!

by | Sunday, December 13, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

What does a retired U.S. Postal Service employee do when she retires? She finds a hobby that allows her to be creative. I asked Pat McGilberry what inspired her to pursue the art of monogramming? “My Granny did heirloom sewing and it inspired me. I...

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Playing in Clay.

by | Monday, October 5, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

Josh Pickens had his hands creating objects as a woodmaker and furniture maker for a few years after completing his MFA in relief printmaking from the University of Arkansas.  He currently is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Judson...

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Clink! Clink!

by | Saturday, September 5, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

Clink! Clink! Is the sound of metal work being struck with a hammer by Carl Jackson. A native of Wilcox County, Carl creates wood and metal items for the home. In a recent conversation with Carl, I asked him where he learned his craft.  "A guy...

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Stitching and Quilting

by | Monday, July 6, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

"When people from out of town ask me about Gee's Bend, they also ask if I am a quilter. I always reply, of course." says Tinnie Pettway. Since the popularity of the "Gees Bend Quilting Society", life as a "bender" has taken on a bit of...

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