Jean Campbell, pictured here, with her
weavings woven from a Nancy Hanks Lincoln draft now owned by Marian
at the celebration
of the bicentennial of the Lincoln/Hanks marriage (July 2008).
The wool Norma uses in the weavings comes from the sheep
she cares for on her property. Norma's daughter, is also a weaver and
she and her mother work together.
Jean Campbell has been collecting and making weavings of old and historic
quilt patterns, part of her
the history and genealogy of the Washington County, Kentucky area
where her family has lived for 200 years. (Please scroll down
to see more images.)
Nearby is the original
Richard Berry family cabin - the same Richard Berry who was the guardian
of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother.
One of her ancestors, Grandfather
Hardesty, as a mischievous 8 year old, snuck into the Lincoln-Hanks
marriage in 1808. Likely nobody minded very much as he was probably
a cousin through his grandmother, Mary Johanna Berry Moody.
The old Hardesty
cabin is still standing and lived in. When Grandfather Hardesty was
in his 90's, he told of his recollections of the Lincoln's and remembered
Elizabeth carried the weaving patterns from Washington
County Kentucky to Missouri and on to California before her death in
These weavings by Norma have
been accepted into the Historic
Lincoln Collection. Some of the weaving was done
at the same Berry log house where Nancy probably wove from this same
The wool is also used
to make wool sculptures and besides teaching how to make them, she is weaving
a Christmas ornament for the Kentucky History Center. For this, she is
using a Nancy Hanks pattern she found on the Watts Hays Letters website.
the author of several letters was a second cousin of Nancy Hanks and Nancy
with the family while a child.
Campbell felted sculpture created with felting needle.
Norma Campbell sculpture created with felting needle.
A typical counterpin weaving pattern (draft) used by Nancy Hanks
Handed down by Elizabeth Berry Watts to her grandaughter Mary E. Hays Moutrey.
Nancy Hanks' yardstick and two of her weaving
drafts, one draft for a coverlet and one for Birdseye table linen.
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