Event Details

Wool Days at OSV

Time: May 25, 2013 at 9:30am to May 27, 2013 at 5pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map: http://www.osv.org
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: wool days, osv
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Mar 7, 2013

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Event Description

The sheep get their yearly "haircuts" this weekend. Farmers shear the sheep, and costumed history interpreters demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, knitting the handspun wool yarn. (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.)

Try your hand at carding the wool, and then see how the Village's 19th-century water-powered carding mill can do the same job much faster.

On Saturday, see sheep herding demonstrations. David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm in New Hampshire will be demonstrating how his border collies can herd, sheep, ducks, and goats. Demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the day.

Join us in knitting (or crocheting) scarves for deployed soldiers, in partnership with the Scarves for Afghanistan Project. We will provide the yarn, pattern, knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Learn about the natural dyes used to produce brilliant colors in the 19th century. Use modern dyeing techniques to dye your own skein of OSV yarn or make a drop spindle at the Craft Center (fee applies). 

Different Wools - Meet an Angora rabbit (Saturday) and alpacas and llamas (Saturday and Monday) to learn about wool from different animals.

See how wool is transformed into household linens and garments with demontrations of the spinning wheel, loom, (both on Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and an antique sock knitting machine (Saturday and Monday).

Meet the animals - lambs, chickens, cows and oxen, and watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and launching toy hot air balloons.

View a slide show.

Wool Days are generously sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank.

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