Free Family Activities at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum
Every Saturday and Sunday in March 2014. Noon to 4pm FREE!
LEARN ABOUT YARN MAKING AND THEN CREATE YOUR OWN RAG DOLL!
Wool was a necessity that pioneer families used to fill bedding and spin or weave into yarn for clothing. Since there were no stores in new settlements, pioneer families usually had a small flock of sheep.
The sheep’s wool was dirty, tangled, and matted when it was shorn (cut). Therefore, it needed to be washed, dried and combed. This was done with two wooden paddles studded with wire teeth called carders or carding paddles. A handful of clean, dry wool was placed on one carder and the other carder was pulled vigorously in the opposite direction across the top of it, pulling and untangling the wool and removing any debris. Once the fibers were smooth and lined up, the wool was removed by pushing the carder backwards and creating a roll of soft wool called a sliver which was then stored in a basket until it could be spun.
Spinning was done by pulling and twisting the wool fibers into a thick thread. The natural oil in wool, called lanolin, helped the wool fibers stick together. The spinner held the sliver of wool in one hand and gently pulled and twisted the fibers out with her thumb and forefinger, adding more fibers as needed to make a smooth, strong thread.
Pioneer girls learned to spin using a drop spindle, an 8-inch long stick about the size of a pencil, with a flat wooden disk at the end. First, she created a short thread by finger spinning and tied it to the end of the drop spindle. Then she turned the spindle like a top while she added the wool fibers, creating thread. When the spindle reached the floor, she wrapped the thread around the stick of the spindle and started again. Wool yarn was used for knitting sweaters and socks as well as darning socks using a wooden darning egg. And sometimes dolls were made with the left over yarn. Come and create your own yarn doll.
The activity is offered Saturdays and Sundays in March from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The location is 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 632-9711. SDHeritage.org. Call 760-632-9711 or visit www.SDHeritage.org for more information.
The San Dieguito Heritage Museum will continue to offer free history activities for families on Saturdays and Sundays, through June 2014. Each weekend there will be free hands-on experiences that highlight a certain era of San Dieguito history. These activities will change monthly. The historic eras and corresponding activities may include:
The activities are offered Saturdays and Sundays in throughout the year from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The location is 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 632-9711.
The Museum's exhibits will also be open during the activity times with docents to guide you through the history of San Dieguito. With these new intergenrational activities, families in the Sandieguito area will come to understand they can visit the Musuem on any weekend and know that new and interesting experiences await.