That’s right, folks, Josh tried his calloused working man’s hands at quilting. I was so proud. Contrary to popular belief, sewing is not just a woman’s job. Knowing how to sew in a survival situation could save your life. Don’t believe me? Just ask Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild.
Westville Village in Lumpkin, Georgia is a blast! Josh’s Aunt Julie came to visit on Saturday and so we packed our lunches and took off to explore Westville. Having grown up in Virginia, I was used to visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown which give the illusion that early settlers were all living in large towns. Not so. Westville is frozen in time as an 1850’s Southern American country village. Volunteers from the area arrive in plain clothes to show everything from making cane syrup to handcrafts like spinning yarn.
We kept waiting to feel that we had awoken on a different planet as many people around us appeared to feel but Julie, Josh, and I felt completely at home around all of the traditional furnishing and crafts. More than anything, we felt like asking if we could just pack up our chickens and move in. Particularly alluring was this sweet baby:
All of my life, I have dreamed of having a loom. I used to wrap yarn around chair legs and pretend that I was weaving rag rugs or even fine linen. Eventually, I made a simple cardboard weaving frame and went to town but there are many ways to make them. Perhaps my fascination with weaving was an early indicator that I would lean toward the simple and sustainable living.
What craft first caught your fancy?