Posted by: Laura Pierce | June 22, 2021

Hiawassee Workshop at the LBHookery!

Beautiful ‘transcolour’ flower pins created by Linda Bell

Last time I was in Hiawassee, at Linda Bell’s place, she showed me these fabulous little flowers! She makes them with her beautiful ‘transcolour’ swatches; they remind me of dahlias! Linda has a big studio space for her rug hooking classes and workshops. Shelves line 2 walls with a rainbow of colourful wool. Glass windows overlook the lake! and a kitchen/work area completes the space. There are photos on her website:

1st view of Lake Chatuge with Bell Mountain in the background.

The Bells have a lovely home on Lake Chatuge, a TVA lake in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. The view through the trees, the light and reflections changing throughout the day; you can watch it for hours.

It was a great group of folks at the workshop in May 2018, and we decided to do it again! Our plans were scuttled by Covid, but we’re back on track for the second workshop; September 10-12, 2021. There a few spaces left, so if you’re interested in joining us, please let Linda Bell know; Linda also has information about places to stay; several on the premises and next door.

Linda with the tour map at John C. Campbell Folk School

An extra day to play included a visit to the John C. Campbell Folk School; a wonderful campus of old buildings full of eager folk art students. Visit their site: Only a half hour from her home, Linda often teaches Rug Hooking there.

View from Bell Mountain looking over Lake Chatuge with graffitied rock in the foreground.

The trip is not complete without a drive to the top of Bell Mountain. A mining operation from many years ago was unprofitable and the mountain top was turned into a park. The exposed quartzite is quite decorated and layered with 50 years of graffiti paint!

I’m looking forward to getting back to Hiawassee! Linda is a wonderful host!

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