The “Fiber Festival” is an exciting new theme day that celebrates the many aspects of fiber sources, production and usage with ties to the 19th century.
From log-hewing, basketry, rope-making, and straw plaiting to using horsehair for crinolines or upholstery, spinning, leatherworking, embroidery, lace-making and Berlin work, people in the 19th century relied upon the many fibers and fiber arts for the mundane necessities as well as the elegantly embellished luxuries.
When you visit us for the Fiber Festival, or even any other day, you will find things from hand spun skeins of wool and linen, naturally dyed yarns suitable for knitting, crocheting or making friendship bracelets, to hand-dyed silk ribbon and rug hooking wool, flax stricks ready to spin, quilt block kits, brooms, and more, all created by our skilled artisans and craftspeople in the village. You can enjoy these pieces of history at home for donation at one of various corresponding levels to support our Crafts-in-the-Village fund. Donation boxes and premium items can be found in their appropriate homes and businesses throughout the historic village, so be sure to visit them all! You can even enjoy the fiddle music while you're at it.
You will also have an opportunity to learn about the many classes or one-on-one experiences we offer related to the fiber arts (basketry, broom-making, etc.). We also plan to offer space to a few outside vendors, some of whom are also museum employees.
Join us August 16 and 17 for the “Fiber Festival” to celebrate various activities, crafts and uses related to fibers and their processing!
The museum and Wehle gallery are now open 10 am-4 pm Tues-Sun and May 26 & Oct. 13. Nature center trails are open 10 am-4 pm weekends.