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Sheep To Clothing

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Saturday, May 04, 2013by millie.lange

Discover how raw wool from Lincoln's own sheep is turned into finished cloth for use on the farmstead at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Saturday, May 4. Watch the interpreters as they weave on the site's mid-19th century Sargent and Martin looms, replicating a period coverlet on one loom and weaving "jean cloth" on the other. After the wool is shorn, the public is encouraged to participate in the hands-on demonstrations to include, sorting and washing the wool, teasing and carding it for spinning and finally spinning the wool into yarn where some of the yarn will end up being knit into items following 19th century patterns. Interpreters and volunteers also will demonstrate dying and felting as well as showcasing the final step in the process where woolen jean cloth is sewn to make pants for Mr. Lincoln.

For more information, phone 217-345-1845.