Thursday, March 18, 2010

American Textile History Museum

One of my New Year's resolutions was to finally go to the Textile Museum near my home. Its crazy that I have a bachelor's degree in Textiles and have not gone in the 3 years that I've lived here. My youngest son and I met up with a friend of mine who gives tours at the museum. She was the perfect person to go with, because she could answer all of my questions about different things in the museum. The above picture is of my son standing next to a large knitted snowman that was donated by a group of ladies from another state. You can't see it in the picture, but there is a raven on the snowman's right shoulder that is knitting the long scarf. The barrel has several knitted flowers in it.

This was the eco-fiber section. In the bottom of the case is a bunch of plastic bottles. The green layer is the shredded plastic bottles. The black layer is the next step in the process. The fleece coat was made from recycled plastic.

This picture shows how old denim jeans can be turned into fiber bating that is used for insulating homes.

This is such a great idea, especially for left over skeins of yarn. It is a knitted, crochet, and woven rug that looks like some farm land with a pond and stream. The whole mat seems to be woven. The water is crochet. The upper left side is knitted. It was probably attached to the woven structure. The houses are knitted. I thought that is was a fantastic idea.

Here is a rag rug that was turned into a pillow.

Apparently several children did the weaving using scrap bits of fabric on one of those tall wall looms.

This 8 harness floor loom was available for people to weave on. I wove 8 rows in blue. I just love the pattern.

Here are some beautifully woven pillows that were in the play room. They also had some similar pillows for sale in the gift shop. This really makes me want set up my loom and start weaving again.


  1. Kristy this looks like it was a fun trip. I enjoyed seeing your pictures. I was just reading that GAP is giving discounts if you bring in your old blue jeans so they can make them into the insulation. That is very cool!

  2. Oooh, thanks for the info Amanda. All of my jeans are shot and I am in desperate need of new ones.