After a brief absence because of the move to a new location, Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) is again coordinating a rotating schedule of original art and fine craft in the lobby of Crossville City Hall, 392 North Main St.
Beginning now and through December, a few pieces of unusual work by Sharron Eckert will be on display. Specializing in long leaf pine needles, Eckert learned the sewing-and-coiling technique from the late Elisabeth McCutcheon. Both Eckert and McCutcheon were residents of Uplands Village. After a year under McCutcheon's instruction, Eckert spent a week with Judy Mofield Mallow, a fifth-generation pine needle specialist.
Of her work with long pine needles, which are natural, earthy, often overlooked or thought useless, Eckert says she is "delighted that a fiber so simple can be so valued." Working within this medium requires patience as carefully placed stitches must occur one-by-one countless times throughout the completion of the piece.
A video showing Eckert creating items with pine needles is on National Public Television at least once a year and is in the archives for easy viewing. Go to www.tennesseecrossroads.org and search name "Sharron Eckert."