It is always fun to share skills with visitors at festivals and school days. Especially when being surrounded by music, other demonstrators, and wonderful museum displays.
The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum in Athens, TN put on a program for local school children on Sept 9 that included folk music, pottery, spoon making, and pine needle basketry. I was able to demonstrate on their 1840’s barn loom and show the children the processes used by their ancestors to make their clothing.
The next day was Art on the Square in Tellico Plains. Aside from the art booths, there was music all day long, great to be sitting across from. Demonstrators from the state parks dyed hand spun wool and cotton cloth with cochineal and logwood. Not to mention that I love the looks on kids faces when they can successfully weave on my baby wolf loom. Two successful days educating folks in by gone ways.