Audio Recording "I have wool blankets my mother wove."

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"I have wool blankets my mother wove."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  personal experience narratives
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Laurel Fork
-  Transcription: LS: Well, I was brought up on a farm and we always grew our food, and always made our, made our, much of our clothing. My mother could weave, and she wove blankets and I have blankets that she wove. I have the blankets now, myself that she wove, and I can remember as a little girl, going out and hunting, hunting quill weed, a hollow weed to run the wool on, to go in her shuttle. / GJ: What do you mean, the wool from the? / LS: Wool, that, yes. She, they sheared the sheep and carded the wool, and got it ready and made yarn out of it. And then, I, we'd get the little hollow weed to go in the shuttle. And I would put that, the yarn on that hollow weed for her, to weave with. And I, I've always been interested in quilts and blankets. And now, blankets are more easily woven than coverlets, that I showed you, the coverlets. That is woven by a pattern, but I never saw my mother weave coverlets. But I did blankets. And that is what the people, when I was a little girl, kept warm, because they had open fireplaces, and the houses were cold. And so they did their own covers, and their own clothing when I was a small girl. And the quilts were very, very necessary. And they made the quilts heavier than the ones that I make now. I make mine more or less for spreads, for the beauty of them. But it always has fascinated me to pass a shop that had quilts hanging out. I always want to stop and see those quilts.
-  Lura Stanley was interviewed on September 28, 1978, at her home. Geraldine Johnson described Mrs. Stanley's quilts as "truly exquisite." She grew up on a farm and learned to quilt as a child, worked as a school teacher, and now makes quilts for herself and her family. She also has some older quilts which she bought at auctions. The highlights of this interview include Mrs. Stanley's comments on individual quilts as they were photographed.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R105
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I have wool blankets my mother wove.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I have wool blankets my mother wove.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I have wool blankets my mother wove.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.