“Work of Hand and Heart” Exhibit Highlights Early American Home Crafts of Spinning and Weaving at the Lynnhaven House

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Virginia Beach Historic Houses will be presenting an exhibit “Work of Hand and Heart: Spinning and Weaving in Early Virginia” at the Lynnhaven House  The exhibit opens Saturday, October 6 and will be on display through November 25, 2012.  The exhibit will feature antique and modern equipment used in the processing of wool and flax fibers into thread and cloth.  It will also show a number of basket types that were woven by hand for everyday uses.

Imagine relying on your own skills to make thread, weave a cloth tape or create a basket for carrying produce from the garden or market.  Most colonial Virginia families lived at the subsistence level and everyone pitched in to help in the fields and in the home.  Girls learned how to spin wool, flax and other fibers into thread.  They were also taught how to weave narrow pieces of cloth from the thread and to make baskets with natural materials such as reeds and wood strips. 

Some of these skills will be demonstrated during a special event on October 6 at the Lynnhaven House to celebrate International Spinning and Weaving Week and the opening of the exhibit.  The event is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m and will include demonstrations of spinning and basket making and tours of the Lynnhaven House.  The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will be on display in the Colonial Education Center building at the Lynnhaven House.  Admission to the exhibit is free.  The exhibit and the Lynnhaven House are open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.  Tours of the Lynnhaven House are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for students age 6 and above.  The Lynnhaven House is located at 4409 Wishart Road in Virginia Beach.  Please call 757-460-7109 or visit www.museumsvb.org for additional information.

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