Sheep to Shawl: How Cloth Was Made
Best for ages 5 & up
(From Ancient to Colonial Times)
Play Shepherd & Shearer to learn how to calm a sheep, then shear
off a bit of wool from a live sheep without hurting it. Next, learn how to wash the wool.
Comb out the tangles with hand carders curved to sit
comfortably in your lap, then discover how strong fluffy wool becomes
when twisted--and why. Next, twirl a drop spindle to spin
roving into yarn.
Program favorite: watch us gently pull molting wool from an
Angora rabbit on our lap and direct it into a spinning wheel. Dye
wool; learn to warp and weave cloth on a
mini-loom you can keep and reuse, then learn how to load a boat
shuttle and coordinate the heddles while weaving on a 10-treadle floor loom.
Length: 1-2 hours for a group of 20 people or fewer.
Cost: $11/person; one
teacher/group free; adults who have done this program before are free;
$350 minimum (you may be
able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). $1/mile
Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or CRAFTS and get
$2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs
the same day.)