Get Your Flax Straight!
On Sunday August 23, Westfield Heritage Village’s Sunday afternoon program will have a special focus: the methods of textile fibre production in early Ontario. A variety of demonstrations and activities will take place in select areas of the village throughout the afternoon. At the Marr Spinning and Weaving Shop, you can see a weaver hard at work on a massive mid-19th century barn loom. You can also try your hand at carding raw wool, learn to use a drop spindle or 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. You will also discover how rope is made! In the Tailor Shop, you can learn about how clothing was produced for both men and women using both hand and machine stitching. Nearby, 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, decorate arts and floor coverings.
Westfield Heritage Village is living history museum in Rockton that preserves and interprets more than thirty-five heritage buildings. Here you can visit a one room school house, train station, blacksmith’s shop, print shop, homes, businesses and much more. Authentically costumed interpreters will take you back to earlier times and places. Guests can enjoy baked goods and other treats from the General Store, or visit the Gift Shop.
Visit Westfield Heritage Village for Fibre Day on Sunday August 23 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.