image/svg+xmlMaking History Every Day March and April 2020, Volume 2, Issue 2 Oxford Historical Society, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization Twitchell Rowland Homestead MuseumP.O. Box 582, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford, CT 06478 FIBER FEST 2020! Saturday April 18 & Sunday April 19 The OHS Living History weekend is in its fifth year!Visitors to the Twitchell Rowland Homestead will seelive animals, shearing and fiber craft demonstrations dur-ing this free family friendly celebration. Saturday meet spinners from around the area dem-onstrating this ancient skill. A Spin-in will be held from1to 3 pm inviting spinners from the area to spin togetherin public. Fiona Fine will be in the homestead who willguide adults and kids to try their hand at carding rawwool and spinning yarn, jobs commonly done by thevery young and the very old for generations. New this year members of the New England LaceGuild will offer an opportunity to see up close the workand skill of this long honored handcraft. Formed in 1982by bobbin lacemakers who wished to interest others inthis beautiful historic handcraft, the group promotes tothe general public an interest in the study, history, collection and making of all varieties of lace.Another group making its debut at the Oxford event is CT Woolcrafters, a community for fiber artists who loveto work with natural fibers. Members meet monthly at CH Booth Library in Newtown, CT. The group works topromote fiber related crafts in Western CT and will have representation of spinners, weavers, felters and embroi-derers.Saturday there will be a visit from the UMass Dartmouth Textile Department.Leila Orienter will be presenting crocheted lace featuring vintage patterns using quilting thread to make tablerunners, place mats and coasters.All weekend natural dying will be on show. Onions, acorns, rosemary and spinach are only a few of the naturalmaterials that can be used. For centuries leaves, roots, bark, berries, flowers and vegetables, lichen and insects (Continues on page 2) Rosie the RiveterSaturday, March 7 • 1:30-3 pm Oxford Public Library,49 Great Oak Road When the men were mobi-lized for the war effort womentook on jobs they never ex-pected and earned a newnickname: Rosie the Riveter.This program is presented byGretchen Caulfield of the CTchapter of the AmericanRosie the Riveter Association. Tight Knit Group will join us at the Fiber Fest Photo from 2019 Fiber Fest fromFacebook page of Diamond Bawlick Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner LaneOxford; Sat. 10 am to 4 pm; Sun. noon to 4 pm
image/svg+xmlhave given colors to yarn and fab-rics. Dawn Sotir of Coon HollowFarm in Oxford and Jody Bishel,both well known in the valley for theirskill as crafters and talented fiberartists, will be sharing their tips andideas.Animals will be sheared at variouspoints in the two day event. Ron Eastof AlpacaBoose Farm in Oxford willbe demonstrating on his animals andthe sheep of Patti Clark from MapleView Farm in Orange.Weaving will be on display using looms of a range of size and styles. Thehistoric Jensen Barn Loom dating back to the 1700s was re-assembledand now fills a room of the Oxford Homestead. Smaller peg looms and pinlooms (think potholders 1950s) will be on display.. Holly Pryor of Easton’sBlue Button Farm will demo a peg loom (dowels mounted in a board) thatcan be used to create bags, rugs and scarves. Holly will have roving fromher pygora goats and Jacob sheep. Pygora goats are the product of anintentional cross of pygmy goats (known for hardiness and playfulness)with white angora goats (bred for docility and longer fleece). Holly’s Jacobsheep are examples of sheep found in Britain since the 1600s which fea-ture distinctive double horns (four) and piebald fleece (darker areas on thewhite fleece). The piebald fleece produces interesting shading of the woolas it is spun and used for crafting. Roving is thick, bulky, untwisted yarnused for rustic projects. Look for crafters Leslie Alexander of Oxford doing wet felting; KathrynDygon maker of wool ornaments and 2-D fabric. On Sunday basket makerMardi Smith will share her wares and a tablet loom will be demonstrated byReggie Britton. Sunday is Knit & Crochet Day! Come to our Knit-In andCrochet-In from 1-3 pm – bring your current project and pull up a chair. We particularly want to thank the East family for their participation andsupport of this unique local experience since its inception. And crafters will be chatting and sharing- make new friends, learn newskills, solve a craft question. Awesome needlework will be on show, someitems for sale.Shearer Ron East gives sheep a pedicure prior to theactual shearing. Hoof trimming is an essential part ofsheep care. Mardi Smith, basketmaker, will display her craft onSaunday,