Each year I demonstrate antique treadle and hand crank sewing machines at the Pioneer Village Museum in Barron during their Heritage Days weekend. I’ve been doing this for about 18 years now. All four children and I would come when they were little. They would bring their baby goats and have a petting zoo, serve fresh churned butter on crackers, wash laundry in the old washer tub and various other things they could help out with. They are all married now and I come alone. I find myself nostalgic as I remember the days with them, dressed up in there pioneer best and being part of the living history.
This year I’m demonstrating free motion treadle designs on a couple lap quilts. Yesterday I completed one.
Today I’ll be working on one for my youngest daughter that is put together with exchange blocks from over the years that she collected.
I enjoy coming to the meseum year after year, visiting with other regulars who I only see once a year and having two days to see And visit with the public and share with them the delight of using the old treadle and hand crank machines.
Today I’m at the my final demo of the year. I am privileged to set up at the New Richmond Heritage Center in The Parlor of The Farmhouse. I have four hand cranks with me and we’ll be working on Foundation pieced crazy quilt blocks.
I’ll be here for 11 to 5 pm if you’d like to join me. There are many fun things to do including stage coach rides and other things geared for the whole family.
Moon Lake Threshing Bee textile building
Even though I don’t get much time to sew at home i really enjoy my weekends to demonstrate my treadles and hand cranks. This is the 33rd Annual Moon Lake Threshing Bee
and I’m excited to be part of it.
Over the years I’ve been demonstrating here it has grown and improved. First year I was in an old chicken coop with dirt floors. After that they built a large barn building for me and the rug loom demonstrator. The following year they put a concrete floor in for us.
I’m privileged to be a part of it!
Set up in the textile building
My view as I sit and sew on my 1880’s Domestic treadle.
Spinner with me
This evening I’ll be packing up the car for my yearly visit to the Pioneer Village Museum Heritage Days weekend in Barron, Wisconsin. This year is the 50th anniversary of the museum. If you’re in the area, join me. It is a wonderful place and this weekend there will be many demonstrations and living history to enjoy. Check out the website at https://www.barroncountymuseum.com/heritage-days.