Nov 9, 2009
Jennie Spinning Flax
At the beginning of October, I met a wonderful group of hand-spinners who volunteer at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in downtown Lunenburg. I joined them every Wednesday and shared their company as we spun for an audience of museum goers. On one occasion, a man named Earl was visiting the museum to see our flax spinning demonstration. As he watched me spin, he recounted his experience growing flax in 1937 for a school project. He had such sincere appreciation for these traditional skills and was pleased they were still being practiced in his hometown that it left quite an impression on me.