Barbara Pollard

Hand-knitted scarves and caps

The arts afford one so many interesting and personal opportunities to convey an idea. I suppose that is the thing that has drawn me to explore different venues of artistic expression. I love to knit, quilt, embroider, and rug hook. I also enjoy basketry, counted cross stitch, locker hooking, and felted knitting. Mitchell County gives so much to artists with the variety of classes it offers. My idea of a perfect experience is to take a class and learn something completely new. For instance, I have tried pottery and jewelry making. I would like to try it all, but unfortunately there is never enough time.

Barbara Pollard grew up in western Pennsylvania. Her grandmother taught her embroidery. Indeed, her first fiber experience was embroidering pillowcases with her grandmother. Her mother, an avid quilter, passed the art form on to Barbara. She learned a third of her numerous artistic venues in college, where her roommate taught her to knit. Mrs. Pollard remembers that in the 60s women used to sit around the dorms and knit together, a hobby that seems to have resurfaced today.

Barbara is married to Talley Pollard. They came to Mitchell County when he retired from I.B.M. They discovered Little Switzerland and decided it would be an adventure to build themselves a house in that beautiful area. Talley Pollard is an accomplished woodworker, and spends much of his time pursuing this hobby.

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