Threads: Flax to Linen, Field to Fabric
Sunday, May 19, 2019
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
This event repeats every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday between 4/5/2019 and 8/2/2019.
"Threads" examines the history of linen production from field to fabric. Visitors can examine the Conference House collection of antique tools of the trade such as flax break, hackle, carder, and spinning wheel. The exhibit includes dried flax plant samples, yarn, and linens.
Linen, a natural textile used and valued by humans for thousands of years for its useful properties, was the fabric of choice in colonial America. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant. Linum usitatissimum is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history.
Please note: Although the Conference House closed for the winter months on December 21, the Threads exhibit will accept visitors by appointment during the wintertime. The Conference House's official Spring re-opening date is April 5, 2019.