Date(s) - Sun. August 20, 2017
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Westfield Heritage Village
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On Sunday August 20, Westfield Heritage Village presents Textiles Day from 12:30 to 4:00 PM. A variety of demonstrations and activities in the historic buildings will highlight the use of fibres in Early Ontario, such as spinning wool, weaving rush chair seats and processing flax.
See the weaver hard at work on a massive mid-19th century barn loom or try your hand at carding raw wool. Watch a master spinner at the wheel. Outside the shop, the Cambridge Spinners and Weavers Guild will be demonstrating how natural dyes are used to tint sheep’s wool and other fibres. It looks like magic when you see the wool turning blue as it reaches the air. You will also discover how rope is made! Children can “Create a Lamb” with natural sheep’s wool and in the Tailor Shop, you can learn about how clothing was produced for men and women using both hand and machine stitching. In the early settlement area you can watch the fascinating process of transforming the coarse flax plant fibres into the raw material that is used to produce linen fabric. As you tour the village, there will be many opportunities to see antique textiles, including quilts, clothing, decorative arts and floor coverings.