Spinning demonstrations are given using either a reproduction Saxony or an antique Lithuanian upright "Castle" spinning wheel as well as a variety of drop spindles, with a small fiber & tools display. There is full interaction with visitors, who are invited to ask questions and handle and feel the different fiber samples and fabrics, and who also may try their hand at spinning.
Doggy not included.
(Photo: Dey Mansion Historic Site, Wayne, NJ, October 2021. Courtesy Vivian Davis.)
The spinning wheel demonstration listed above is enhanced with the full fiber and tools display. Spinning on a variety of drop spindles from different eras and parts of the globe are demonstrated. Visitors may handle and feel the different animal and plant fibers used throughout history, see the many tools used in spinning preparation, and even try their hand at spinning.
(Photo: Battle of White Plains event, Jacob Purdy Homestead, White Plains, NY, October 2021. Courtesy Al Pochek.)
A full lecture (with or without a PowerPoint presentation) on the history of spinning and wool / linen textiles, complete with a full fiber & tools display and a spinning demonstration, either on a spinning wheel or drop spindle or both.
Pictured at left: A reproduction drop spindle used during the Neolithic period in Europe, ca. 8,000 years BCE. Behind the spindle is a Lithuanian upright "Castle" spinning wheel made in 1886, and yes, she still spins beautifully.
Hands-on workshops where adults and/or children can learn how to make drop spindles and then spin wool themselves. A brief talk is given about the history of spinning, and a demonstration on the spinning wheel follows. Participants are then instructed on how to construct their own working drop spindle, and detailed instructions and demonstrations on how to spin wool follow. Participants will go home with their new drop spindle and a supply of wool fiber as well as printed instructions.
It is requested that adults (camp counselors, parents, etc.) please be in attendance to assist with supervision for children's workshops.