Make Woolly Friends at Durand-Hedden’s ‘From Fleece to Cloth’ April 30

The following is from Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Spinning—twisting a fiber such as wool into thread or yarn—and weaving that thread or yarn to create cloth is an art and a craft dating back thousands of years. On April 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Durand-Hedden visitors will be given the opportunity to explore this tradition and witness how cloth is made, from shearing sheep to spinning thread to weaving into cloth. The event is free although donations are appreciated.

  • Watch a shearer collect fleece from two woolly visitors from Kafka Farms
  • See members of the Essex County Spinners Guild demonstrate that the craft of hand spinning is alive and well in the 21st
  • Watch weaving students and their teacher from Columbia High School’s craft program show the basics of how thread is woven into cloth
  • Participate as these CHS students lead young visitors in a weaving activity
  • View Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels, and other apparatus – once commonplace in the 18th and 19th centuries

Exhibit on Maplewood

Be sure to also see the fascinating exhibit on the history of the College Hill neighborhood From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill.

 Country Shopping

Check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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