Step Back in Time Weekends

Saturday and Sunday, September 30 – October 1 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Do you know your fibers? Whether from animal or vegetal origin, fibers and textiles have been an important part of our lives since the dawn of history. Processed into yarns and threads, dyed, woven, they have always had a utilitarian purpose, as well as social importance.
The Fabulous Fibers weekend at The Farmers’ Museum will explore the world of natural fibers through a variety of demonstrations, mini-exhibits and hands-on activities, showing how they are harvested, processed, and transformed into wearable, utilitarian and decorative items. Come see museum interpreters and local quilting and spinning clubs and guilds demonstrate how flax becomes linen, wool and cotton is spun on various spinning wheels, and produced textile on looms or through needle arts. You will never think of your clothes in the same way again!

Visitors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including wool carding and spinning, knitting, felting, weaving, and rope making, and see demonstrations of textile processing on some of the rare items in our collection, like our vertical spinner and our pendulum wheel.

Weaver at work at Lippitt Farmhouse