Fun with Flax: The Seed that we Sew
From a Historic Deerfield press release:
July 1-August 19, 12-4:30 p.m., drop in anytime, History Workshop
This summer we will explore the ancient and versatile flax plant and its many uses. Today flax is the source for linen thread, cloth and paper, as well as paint, oilcloth, linoleum, ink, and even health foods. In the past, flax had as many uses too. It was one of the earliest crops introduced by European colonists to North America, and growing and processing flax was a common part of life in 18th-century Deerfield. Flax fiber was used to make sacks and shirts, thread for the cobbler, rope for the farm, and bedding, towels and tablecloths for the home. After a long life in the home, used linen rags were saved and sold for making paper. See our crop of flax growing in the History Workshop Garden. Try your hand at braking, scutching and hetcheling last summer's crop and learn about all the steps and tools involved in dressing flax, or turning it into cloth. Make paper from flax fibers, and handcraft a journal to take home. Included with general admission.
About Historic Deerfield
Historic Deerfield (www.historic-deerfield.org) is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Now featuring exhibitions:
Furnishing the Frontier: The Material World of the Connecticut River Valley, 1680-1720 on view through February 17, 2013.
Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture, a long-term furniture exhibition.
Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection, permanent.
Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, a permanent exhibition with changing elements.
Please call 413-775-7214 for museum information and program schedule.
Museums10 is a dynamic collaboration that heightens awareness of the distinctive offerings of the individual institutions while highlighting the cultural diversity and outstanding educational resource that they collectively represent. Museums10 is facilitated by Five Colleges, Inc., which provides major administrative support for the partnership. Museums10 includes: the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College; Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens; The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; Hampshire College Art Gallery; Historic Deerfield; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Yiddish Book Center; Smith College Museum of Art; and the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst. For more information, visit www.museums10.org.
A portion of Historic Deerfield's operating funds is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
80 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 321
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342