What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, July 11, 2011

Old Time Textile Museum

Saturday we went to a childrens' day at a nearby Old Textile Museum.

I have been wanting to go for three years but this was the first time we were able to attend.

What a blissful day it was!

There was sheep shearing...



...and since so few people actually went, my children got a TON of one on one interaction and opportunities they wouldn't have had there been a huge turnout.

Andrew had to help with the demonstrations (which, btw, goes against his wallflower nature); he did well.


He even got to help shear, which to his farmers heart, was a real thrill.


Corynn did too, as a matter of fact.


I was amazed at how lethargic sheep get during shearing. It almost appeared like they went into a trance!


Then, of course, there was spinning.


May I tell you a little secret?


I have always wanted a spinning wheel.

When we moved into this house, I looked into buying alpacas (youch! are they expensive) and then tried to convince Matt to let me have sheep. Apparently, he doesn't feel the same way about them as I do.

I have even toyed with the idea of getting some angora rabbits for a smaller investment.

So when I was invited to try out spinning firsthand, I was in my glory.


Of course, I had to hand off Judah, hence the empty Moby wrap. (No, I don't make it a habit of wearing empty baby wraps.)


Corynn likes it too.



She had a good teacher.


Clowns make great teachers.


Maybe with the both of us pestering...er....ASKING....?!?!?

OR maybe....he could be convinced firsthand?!

(just in case he wanted to try to build me one, I took lots of pictures. hehehe)



And there was dyeing.




Using natural dyes to color the wool fascinates me.


I took pictures of some of the natural dyes I can try at home.


And there was loads of information, demonstrations and even opportunities to get our hands dirty












We came home with our own dyed wool~


.... a felted wool necklace Corynn made


.... and three bars of felted homemade soap.


...AND....hold on to your hats~ again because of the small turnout, they gave our family a drop spindle and some carded wool for free as well, so we can get started spinning!!!! yay!

Thank you Old Textile Museum!


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