From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

April 15, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive Durand-Hedden House event. Cloth begins with thread, often spun from wool; and the source of wool is often sheep. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn-- and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Its too cold for a visit by sheep to get their warm weather haircut. However, our popular shearer is ready to talk about the skill of shearing complete with fleece. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate that the craft of hand- spinning to create yarn from a sheep's fleece is still alive and well in the 21 st century. Weaving students from Columbia High School's fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth and lead young visitors in a weaving activity. Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels and woven coverlets, once commonplace in 18th and 19th century houses, will be showcased.

Read more about:

Domestic Arts Farming and Industry

Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Support Us

Please support the work of the Durand-Hedden House & Garden Association by joining (or renewing your membership) or by simply making a donation, using the buttons below. Membership is open to all. Please consider your membership to be an invitation to join us as a volunteer or docent educator. We welcome your help in sustaining this valuable community resource.