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 have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.
Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.
The process of creating using traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.
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