9/11 Open House features fiber production at the Pasto Agricultural Museum

Posted: September 11, 2011

Spinners and weavers set up to demonstrate fiber arts techniques at the second of the museum's open houses.
A young visitor tries her hand at weaving

A young visitor tries her hand at weaving

Visitors helped with the spinning and weaving at the museum's second open house event. Three looms, spinning wheels both modern and antique, and drop spindles kept volunteers and visitors engaged in discussion of the fiber arts and its importance to early agriculture in the region. Also on hand were guides to answer questions regarding the museum collection.

Did you know that Colonial households planted approximately 1/2 acre per person of flax (for rough linen cloth) each year? And typically girls, starting as young as 4 or 5, were taught to spin the flaxen fiber and wool (from sheep). Cloth was used locally, as the British Empire forbade export of Colonial cloth. Over time, as ties with Britain were cut and imported cloth became more expensive, furniture makers made spinning wheels and looms for wider use, and town weavers established workshops specialized in weaving patterned coverlets and larger items.  

Visitors are welcome at the museum every Penn State Home Football Sunday, 1pm to 4pm. Sunday 9/25 we'll be featuring BUTTER--making butter, and pulling out of storage all the butter-related items we can find. Stop by to see the extent of our collection, or bring your own butter related item along as a "show and tell".