Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013, Meeting

March 26, 2013, Meeting
March 26, 2013, 7:30 pm Wolbach Farm
18 Wolbach Rd., Sudbury, MA
The Culture of Handspinning From Colonial Hearth to Contemporary Guild
Our Wheels Tell an Amazing Yarn of Our Cultural Heritage
With Peter Cook
Peter Cook is no stranger to the craft of handspinning. He actually ‘apprenticed’ for two years to Faith Smith, a nationally known spinner and weaver in Catskill, Catskill, New York in the late sixties. His first museum position was as a handspinner at Fort Mackinac, an eighteenth century British Fortification, in Michigan. During the next twenty- seven years he was the Director and Chief Curator of the Bennington Museum in Bennington. Vermont, The Administrative Director of SPNEA now known as Historic New England, and the Chief Curator of Plimoth Plantation. He is widely published on textiles, handspinning and the decorative arts. His articles have appeared in The Magazine Antiques, Early American Life, Dublin Seminar for New England Folk life and many other National publications. He has been a frequent consultant on colonial handspinning interpretation at museums in the US, Canada, UK and Northern Ireland.
In his career, he catalogued the spinning wheel collection of the Museum of American Textile History. He was a guest lecturer on American colonial handspinning at the Ulster Folk Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Peter has conducted handspinning workshops throughout the mid-west, New England, and Ontario. He now divides his time between teaching in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University and his eighteenth century, Tare Shirt Farm, where he and his wife, Nancy…also a spinner and weaver, raise historic breeds, collect textiles, spinning equipment and new friends who share their interests.
Please join Peter for an exciting evening learning about our spinning heritage.