Wool Week – 2021

Come experience the process of turning raw materials into finished products the way it was done on the early Frontier!   Visitors to the museum during Wool Week will see sheep shearing using traditional hand shears, cleaning, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving.  There will also be flax processing as well, illustrating the method for creating linen for clothing. Did we mention that Wool Week is the first opportunity to see the new baby lambs?

Dates:
April 24-25: Lots of demonstrations for the everyone to see, plus the new baby lambs will be making their debut!
April 26-30: Virtual and in-person school groups with a lesson plan focus on textiles. The public is welcome to attend as well.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 7 days/week

Ticketing: Standard General Admission rates apply / Free to Annual Pass Holders

I’ll be arriving just in time for Wool Week here at the Frontier Culture Museum!

Just learning to walk.

Come say “Hi” to me and my mom during Wool Week.

Spring is here!
Time to lose that heavy winter coat.

Hand shearing sheep is very tiring work. Holding the sheep still while clipping the wool is a special skill.

Shearing is a lot easier with two people, but not 3…

I feel a lot cooler now

You get a lot of wool from one sheep!

Cleaning and teasing the wool pulls the fibers apart and removes undesired contaminants.

Washing & dyeing the wool gets it ready for spinning. Wool can also be dyed after it has been spun into skeins of yarn.

Carding the wool disentangles, cleans and intermixes fibers to produce a continuous web suitable for spinning.

Spinning raw wool into yarn provides the materials needed to weave wool into cloth.

A large loom like this can take days to warp. Warping is the process of threading the yarn onto the loom in preparation for weaving.