It's that time of year again when I put on my early 19th century costume and head to the living history farm, which is run according to early 19th century standards, to help with the big festival. Tomorrow I will have a post about what my job was all weekend (complete with recipe). For today I am just recovering so I'm only going to share some of my favorite pictures from the weekend with a brief explanation.
Rye straw basket weaver. Rye straw was used most frequently by the Pennsylvania Germans. It was especially useful for mattress stuffing and baskets that would be used for food storage because insects and rodents were repelled by it.
Bobbins for lace making. I don't know how they keep them all straight during such a painstaking process.
Inkle loom. The inkle loom was used to weave thin tapes that would be used as apron strings, drawstrings for clothes or bags, or to tie on straw bonnets.
Griddle cookies cooked over an open fire. Yum.
Recently dyed skeins of wool. The wool is from sheep at our own farm and has been spun and dyed by our own spinners and dyers in the traditional way with spinning wheels and natural dyes.