Fiber Arts Week at GCVM – Demos

What does one do with a four day weekend in the midst of high stress exam planning?

Escape to the 19th century of course!

When I was asked if I was interested in doing a demonstration for Fiber Arts Week, I don’t think the person asking had a clue just how much the answer was “Yes. Please!”

I spent Friday and Saturday in the diningroom, aka old kitchen, of Jones Farm.

My workspace turned out to be ideal, especially for Friday when there were a few school groups in attendance. I discovered the room can functionally fit not one, not two, but three field trip groups from different schools. At one point there shy of 30 fourth graders encircling the table. I am somewhere between surpised and quite pleased with myself that I captured the attention of that may minds with straw hats and women’s work.

decided to focus on Regency era pieces because this left me prepare for the coming 1812/Jane event in June, and allowed me to wear my uber-comfy sacque/petti combo.

I made friends, sorta, with one of the more people curious chickens.

I rather enjoyed watching the chickens between visitors.

On the walk in Saturday morning, I met Ms. Sparrow of Oxbow Lane.

As you can see, it was quite sunny just prior to 10 am. Shortly after 10, it looked more like this:

This continued for about 2 hours, ending around noon. It was about 11 when I did this next video.

At this point my arms hurt. I really wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to sew through the day. I was wishing I had brought my wristlets so I could have hid my Salanpas pain patches underneith. I eventually figured a way to wrap my shawl ends around my my forearms/wrists. Then noon came. Sun came. Warmth came. And, I realized my arms didn’t hurt any more. I don’t know if I have a new weather forecaster, or if they have become that cold and damp sensitive. But, wow!

I do have to say, the rain was perfect napping weather.

If only I was good at napping.

Instead, there was sewing to be done.

By the end of Saturday, I sewed two 1818 bonnets. These need to be blocked and wired at home. In the 19th century this would have happened at the factory.

Stay tuned” for two more posts from this weekend looking at cheese making and quilting interpretation.

Published in: on May 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

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