Wilmington, Delaware – July 2016 – Hagley Museum and Library will host a textile-focused, immersive experience called Fantastic Fibers on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will take part in hands-on activities and see firsthand demonstrations of fiber-related crafts from local artisans.
“This event will be set up like a ‘Maker Faire.’ Participants will learn how something is made and then have the opportunity to try their hand at making it,” says Education Program Manager Jeffrey Durst.
Each of the workshops is designed for guests to spend 10 minutes or more working on a project and learning about fiber art. This event is included in general admission and free for Hagley members. Visitors participating in Fantastic Fibers should enter via the main museum entrance off of Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. More information is available at http://www.hagley.org/event/fantastic-fibers or 302-658-2400.
Greenbank Mill will lead demonstrations about wool processing, and have some of its sheep on-site. Visitors can try cleaning, carding, and spinning wool. In a workshop, guests will learn needle felting and make an ornament-sized item like a bird, monster, or snowman.
Make a friendship bracelet item and pot holders in the weaving workshop. Expert weaver Chris Yovino will demonstrate a rigid heddle loom. Guests will be asked to make two pieces of art – one to keep and one to be part of a community art project.
Get Hooked on Rug Hooking
Hagley is home to nearly 100 hooked rugs from the collection of Louise du Pont Crowninshield. At Fantastic Fibers, visitors can meet people who continue the centuries-old practice of rug hooking during an all-day hook-in event.
Sew Much More
Additional activities include making punch paper in the Sewing/Embroidery workshop, making a small woven ribbon, stitching an embroidered bookmark, and making nylon in the Silk/Nylon workshop. As visitors learn these new skills, they will be able to create a quilt square to add to Hagley’s community quilt.
About Hagley Museum and Library
At Hagley, we invite people of all ages to investigate and experience the unfolding history of American business, technology, and innovation, and its impact on the world, from our home at the historic DuPont powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.
For more information, call (302) 658-2400 weekdays or visit www.hagley.org.