Weaving at Lincoln Log Cabin


"From Fiber to Fabric: Uncovering the Handweaving Process" opens May 9, 2009.

The exhibit features the Lincoln Log Cabin coverlet and weaving tools collection.

A traveling portion of this exhibit will be available in Spring 2010 for schools and institutions to use. If you are interested in hosting this exhibit, please contact:

Site Superintendent: Matthew Mittelstaedt


e-mail: HPA.LincolnLog@Illinois.gov


From the Curators...

We invite you to view the processes used to transform fiber into articles of usefulness and beauty, as practiced by the settlers of this area in the mid-nineteenth century.

The weaving process involved the entire family.  Even children worked as soon as they could pick and card the wool and help with setting the loom.  The mysteries of weaving—of warp and weft, of heddle and shuttle—carried on for long hours in order to produce the simple fabrics needed to clothe members of the family and provide material for basic utilitarian purposes.

Not all families had looms and weavers.  Those who did helped others in their community, in addition to completing their own projects.  Weaving patterns, in the form of drafts, passed between weavers and ensured the survival of designs over time. 
The sharing of patterns and the joy of weaving continues today as weavers join local weaving guilds.  Classes are also available at universities, weaving schools, and from individual weavers.  

We hope you enjoy this exhibit.  Maybe you, too, will be inspired to learn and enjoy the art of transforming fiber into fabric.