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Another Saturday, another great demo at The Mill Museum! Please join us at the Museum between 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday July 20 when Gale Olsen will demonstrate the spinning of cotton on a great wheel and discuss its role in history dating back to colonial times. Great wheels are older techology and treadle-powered linen wheels, the kind most familiar to people today. Spinners using great wheels not only had to stand, but they also had to move back and forth, away from the wheel and then back towards it, in what was sometimes compared to a rhytmic dance. Most people associate great wheels with spinning wool, but it was also used for spinning cotton. And in the 1700s, before the cotton gin, New England was a prime destination for West Indies cotton. Next week, Susan Bruno and others from the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists (ATHA), Nutmeg Chapter, will demonstrate traditional rug hooking on Saturday July 27 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The demonstrations are being held in conjunction with the exhibit: Liberty’s Daughters in Northeastern Connecticut: Women, Textiles, and the Nonimportation Movement in the Revolutionary Era. Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through October.

The Mill Museum
411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

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