Museum hosting heritage spinning and weaving workshops

The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum will be hosting two heritage workshops this weekend: Introduction to Spinning and Introduction to Weaving.

Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum are hosting their first heritage workshops this weekend, an introduction to spinning and an introduction to weaving.

“I’m excited about these ones as they will be the first workshops in our restored Timber Cabin Weaving Shed using heritage techniques,” said Abbey Stansfield, education programmer at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Both workshops are on Saturday, Sept. 14/2019.

Introduction to Spinning will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop participants will learn about the history of spinning, dying fibers with natural dyes and they will be able to try spinning.

Introduction to Weaving will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about the history of weaving, how to set a warp and try a weaving project.

“As a community museum, part of our mandate is community outreach. Providing a gathering place for people who have similar interests helps to build a sense of community and can also benefit individuals by learning a skill,” said museum director/curator Stephanie Powell Baswick. “Workshop attendees get an introduction about spinning and weaving here, and the Niagara Weavers and Spinners Guild always welcomes new members for those who want to continue their training.”

The workshops are meant to attract people of different ages.

“Workshops are for anyone who would like to learn a new craft, create something unique, and take it home with them,” said museum assistant curator Michelle Mason. She did say as well that children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops are part of the overall expansion of the museum’s community activities.

“The last five years the Museum and Archives have really expanded its services with workshops, urban walking tours, speakers series, late-night hours, off-site outreach programs at Northland Pointe,” curator/director Stephanie Powell Baswick said. “We see the demand for heritage tourism and community involvement. Hosting workshops like this one has been popular in previous years with our paper and photograph conservation series, and we expect these workshops to be popular as well.”

” With the addition of our weaving shed we have decided to focus on the spinning and weaving now that we have a building to interpret,” she said. “Future workshops for heritage cooking are being planned for when we are able to get the Sherk Log Cabin summer kitchen ready.”

For the spinning and weaving workshops, registration is required.

Workshops are $35/per workshop and includes the cost of materials. For more tickets or more information please contact the museum at (905) 834-7604


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