The Shaw House 2017
Every December the Guild provides volunteers to work in the Sanders Cabin at the Shaw House’s Christmas Open House in Southern Pines. It’s a small cabin on the Shaw House grounds and houses a very large loom that is probably about 180 years old, but still works, quirks and all! This year Kate wove and Nancy spun, and they both fielded questions from countless visitors. It’s always a festive event and a real taste of pioneer living.
Sandhills Handweavers Guild has a strong tradition of volunteerism. In the Guild’s earliest days it had a booth at Blue Farm Days in Aberdeen, NC, where members demonstrated spinning and weaving. Since that time we have participated in many other local events:
Some of our members demonstrate spinning and weaving at local elementary schools. We explain the importance of textiles in North Carolina and give students an opportunity to try their hands at weaving on little looms.
Several of our members work and teach at Common Thread, a non-profit weaving studio in Sanford, NC. It’s goal is to create and sell a wide variety of products made from recycled fiber and donated fabric. The proceeds from these sales are then donated to local organizations working to improve the quality of life for families in Lee County.
We support the work of the Moore County Historical Association at two of its historic sites: the Bryant House and the Shaw House. Both have antique looms in good working condition. Besides demonstrating spinning and weaving several times a year at these historic sites, we talk about how the earliest settlers in Moore County lived and the importance of textiles in their lives.
Thank you, Claudia Tirado for a great picture.