I was invited to do a spinning demonstration at a Burch Farms with my new reenactor friends for the local homeschool association . What a delightful group. I showed them samples of wool, cotton, and flax fiber as well as yarn and finished textiles. They really enjoyed my demonstration of spindle and wheel spinning.
The enthusiasm shown by the children for traditional textiles was impressive. As long as the children are interested and want to learn the craft our traditions will live on.
Some of the children, both girls and boys wanted to try out the spinning wheel. I was excited to see them pick up spinning so quickly! Those that spun on the wheel were able to take home their own homespun. They were so proud of what they had made with their own hands. I would venture to say, way more rewarding than buying a China made toy from a retail store. The things we make ourselves have a soul.
I look forward to continuing to share this craft.