June 11-12, 2022
Times: 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission ($10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 4-17) or with Coggeshall Farm Museum membership or Old Sturbridge Village membershipGet Tickets
Learn how Americans made their clothing by hand before the American Industrial Revolution. Costumed historians will demonstrate the process of making historic clothing, starting with shearing our sheep all the way to the finished garment. Guests will also see historic wool picking, dying, spinning, and weaving.
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Schedule (Subject to Change)
Guests can explore the farm at their own pace and most activities will be happening throughout the day, unless otherwise noted.
Shearing Demonstration | 1:00 pm
Wool textiles start with our sheep! Learn about the wool they grow and see a costumed historian demonstrate the process of shearing with historic shears.
Preparing the Wool
Learn about and visit with our heritage breed sheep. Once our sheep are sheared, learn about what happens next! See a fleece-picking demonstration, learn about scouring, and try your hand at carding!
Everyone loves a splash of color! Learn where a farmer might have sourced their mordant and dyestuff, then watch a historic dye demonstration using these historic, natural dyes.
Visit with our historic 18th-century loom and see demonstrations of spinning on a spinning wheel. Try spinning with one of our drop spindles
After seeing our historic 18th-century loom, try some weaving on your own. Use one of our tapestry looms to help Coggeshall create a beautiful work of art that will be displayed during our Art and Music Weekend!
Our costumed historians will be transforming finished fabric into a functional whole cloth quilt, the ancestor to American patchwork quilting. This final step in our textile process makes all our hard work worth it.
Make a textile-based souvenir to take home with you! All crafts are included with your admission