January Workshop Planned!

Come learn a Ewe-sful new skill at the Historical Society!

The Historical Society is preparing for an exciting new program in January…we are pleased to announce that Pam Shull will be teaching a wool spinning workshop at our museum on January 13, 2018, from 1-4:30 p.m.  Ms. Shull has served as an historic interpreter at Spring Mill State Park for 10 years.  She has a wealth of knowledge about spinning and extensive experience as an instructor.  The workshop will include a brief history of spinning, examples of various spinning tools from simple hand spindles to full spinning wheels, and a tutorial on how to make your very own yarn using a hand spindle.  Instead of using a complex wheel, attendees will rely on gravity and careful manipulation of a simple spindle rod to stretch and twist raw wool into fine, strong strands. This is the oldest and simplest method of spinning ever devised, and anyone can learn it with a little practice and guidance!

The $35 participation fee includes a $20 instructor’s fee and a $15 materials fee.  Pam is generously donating all of the proceeds to the Museum.  Each attendee receives a hand-crafted wooden spindle and a selection of wool, which they will spin in class and then take home.  Craftsman and carpenter Everett Rance made each spindle for our program.  And, for those interested in owning a period-accurate spinning wheel, Everett and Barry Edstene have also refurbished several small ones, which are being sold to benefit the Museum.  These are not historic artifacts, but they are accurate recreations of 19th century spinning wheels.

This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill while supporting the Henry County Historical Society!  If this program is successful, we have more planned for 2018.  If you are interested, please call the Henry County Historical Society at 765-529-4028 to reserve your spot as attendance is limited to 10 guests.  Payment can be submitted using the PayPal feature on the homepage of our website, www.henrycountyhs.org (click “Donation” and note Spinning Workshop in the comments).  If there is enough interest (or if the weather is inclement), we will be running a second session on January 20, 2018.  We hope to see many of you here to learn something new as well as historic!