The Unbroken Thread: 200 Years of Spinning and Weaving in Maine

The Unbroken Thread: 200 Years of Spinning and Weaving in Maine

Three fiber artists will weave together stories and demonstrations on the “great wheel,” a large traditional spinning wheel, by Susanne Grosjean, an expert on early American spinning wheels. Susan Barrett Merrill, whose ancestors were Maine spinners and weavers from Bloomfield (now Skowhegan), will be presenting on the history of flax growing and spinning, a major industry in Maine in the early 19th century. She will spin flax into linen thread. Dr. Nancy Payne Alexander will bring a historian's eye to the long and continuous history of Maine women working with fiber to the present.