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.
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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.