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From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving at the Durand Hedden-House
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 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. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. 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. For more information click here.