Thursday, September 13, 2012

What I did and Saw at the Prairie Days at the George W. Carver Museum

What I did at Prairie Days was I weaved a scarf on a loom and hand crocheted. I also spinned yarn on a spinning wheel.

What I saw was soap making, old style laundry, churning butter, candle making, sewing blankest, basket weaving, banjo making, arts and crafts, and wagon rides. I also had hot coffee and donuts.

The loom I made a scarf on was made from pieces from a shipwreck from a ship yard. I let kids help me make the scarf also. 


Pernille Ripp said...

Wow, I must say I am so impressed with the scarf you made and I wish that my students would get a chance to do so many things. What was your favorite thing to do that day? Did you like the coffee?

Pernille Ripp
Madison, WI

Wm Chamberlain said...

Yes it was and yes the coffee was very good me my grandma and my to sister have been doing this for years she showed me how to do this when i was five years old.

Lauren Alley

Anonymous said...

Yay for spinning and weaving! I'm not all that great at spinning myself, but I do enjoy the loom. What size of loom did you get to use to make your scarf?

Bar Harbor, ME

Josh said...


Thank you for sharing your experiences. I love to hear about students having authentic learning outside of school and bringing it in to share. How can schools encourage students to do what you have done on a more regular basis? It would be a positive thing to have students experience history in the way you did.


Naperville, IL

Paul Bogush said...

Lauren...that is ridiculously cool. I would love for you to share your work and story with my class. Interested in skyping into my class one day to show us the scarf and tell us the story live? Speak to old man Chamberlain about setting it up.

Anonymous said...

What a terrific scarf, I love the color. I have used a loom but never had the opportunity to spin yarn. It sounds as if you had a great day learning. Did you get to taste the butter you churned?

Wm Chamberlain said...


I will love skyping in and show your class if Mr.Chamberlain will let me just maybe.I will have to talk to him about it.Thank you.

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