Making History Every Day
March and April 2020, Volume 2, Issue 2
Oxford Historical Society, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization
Twitchell Rowland Homestead Museum
P.O. Box 582, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford, CT 06478
FIBER FEST 2020! Saturday April 18 & Sunday April 19
The OHS Living History weekend is in its fifth year!
Visitors to the Twitchell Rowland Homestead will see
live animals, shearing and fiber craft demonstrations dur-
ing this free family friendly celebration.
Saturday meet spinners from around the area dem-
onstrating this ancient skill. A Spin-in will be held from1
to 3 pm inviting spinners from the area to spin together
in public. Fiona Fine will be in the homestead who will
guide adults and kids to try their hand at carding raw
wool and spinning yarn, jobs commonly done by the
very young and the very old for generations.
New this year members of the New England Lace
Guild will offer an opportunity to see up close the work
and skill of this long honored handcraft. Formed in 1982
by bobbin lacemakers who wished to interest others in
this beautiful historic handcraft, the group promotes to
the general public an interest in the study, history, collection and making of all varieties of lace.
Another group making its debut at the Oxford event is CT Woolcrafters, a community for fiber artists who love
to work with natural fibers. Members meet monthly at CH Booth Library in Newtown, CT. The group works to
promote fiber related crafts in Western CT and will have representation of spinners, weavers, felters and embroi-
Saturday there will be a visit from the UMass Dartmouth Textile Department.
Leila Orienter will be presenting crocheted lace featuring vintage patterns using quilting thread to make table
runners, place mats and coasters.
All weekend natural dying will be on show. Onions, acorns, rosemary and spinach are only a few of the natural
materials that can be used. For centuries leaves, roots, bark, berries, flowers and vegetables, lichen and insects
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Rosie the Riveter
Saturday, March 7 • 1:30-3 pm
Oxford Public Library,
49 Great Oak Road
When the men were mobi-
lized for the war effort women
took on jobs they never ex-
pected and earned a new
nickname: Rosie the Riveter.
This program is presented by
Gretchen Caulfield of the CT
chapter of the American
Rosie the Riveter Association.
Tight Knit Group will join us at the Fiber Fest
Photo from 2019 Fiber Fest from
Facebook page of Diamond Bawlick
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Lane
Oxford; Sat. 10 am to 4 pm; Sun. noon to 4 pm
have given colors to yarn and fab-
rics. Dawn Sotir of Coon Hollow
Farm in Oxford and Jody Bishel,
both well known in the valley for their
skill as crafters and talented fiber
artists, will be sharing their tips and
Animals will be sheared at various
points in the two day event. Ron East
of AlpacaBoose Farm in Oxford will
be demonstrating on his animals and
the sheep of Patti Clark from Maple
View Farm in Orange.
Weaving will be on display using looms of a range of size and styles. The
historic Jensen Barn Loom dating back to the 1700s was re-assembled
and now fills a room of the Oxford Homestead. Smaller peg looms and pin
looms (think potholders 1950s) will be on display.. Holly Pryor of Easton’s
Blue Button Farm will demo a peg loom (dowels mounted in a board) that
can be used to create bags, rugs and scarves. Holly will have roving from
her pygora goats and Jacob sheep. Pygora goats are the product of an
intentional cross of pygmy goats (known for hardiness and playfulness)
with white angora goats (bred for docility and longer fleece). Holly’s Jacob
sheep are examples of sheep found in Britain since the 1600s which fea-
ture distinctive double horns (four) and piebald fleece (darker areas on the
white fleece). The piebald fleece produces interesting shading of the wool
as it is spun and used for crafting. Roving is thick, bulky, untwisted yarn
used for rustic projects.
Look for crafters Leslie Alexander of Oxford doing wet felting; Kathryn
Dygon maker of wool ornaments and 2-D fabric. On Sunday basket maker
Mardi Smith will share her wares and a tablet loom will be demonstrated by
Reggie Britton. Sunday is Knit & Crochet Day! Come to our Knit-In and
Crochet-In from 1-3 pm – bring your current project and pull up a chair.
We particularly want to thank the East family for their participation and
support of this unique local experience since its inception.
And crafters will be chatting and sharing- make new friends, learn new
skills, solve a craft question. Awesome needlework will be on show, some
items for sale.
Shearer Ron East gives sheep a pedicure prior to the
actual shearing. Hoof trimming is an essential part of
Mardi Smith, basketmaker, will display her craft on