Wednesday, June 10, 2009

the village part i

Part I is for those of you who are interested in textiles :) I was thinking of you as I walked through the village, finding little nooks of fabric interest and delight. Enjoy:


This house, the Firestone Farm, was our first stop. If you read my blog often, this is probably rather predictable :) We stepped into the family room, as opposed to the parlor (i always hate the parlors) and I gasped. The entire room was carpeted, yes carpeted, almost wall to wall in long strips of rag rug weavings all sewn together and laid down. Amazing. I never would have thought to carpet an entire room in, essentially, big long rugs! I'm seeing this as a really cool way to do a kid's room. Oh, and isn't that little nook so sweet?

Look at all of the colors!

This is the village's jacquard loom. Well, not the loom itself, but the cards by which it operates. I've only seen modern computer controlled jacquards, so this was pretty cool.

I would love to know what kind of weaving pattern this is (Susan?). Up close, it's very geometric and intense, but from far away it kind of blends together. I think it would be beautiful in subtle shades, like unbleached linen and white linen or cotton.

Isn't this the coolest knitting machine? I love all of the tiny tiny needles. And the little knitting. I can't believe they have an intact piece.

Eric and I really liked this house. It was a plantation house and so it had the obligatory parlor and fancy dining room, which I glanced in, saw a couple neat things and moved on. But this room and the kitchen were, as is usual in these old houses, what really caught me. The dressed-up person in this room was working on hand sewing a quilt. She was pretty cool. I think these squares were waiting for the next quilt, because the one she was working on was already basted onto the batting and the squares/strips were all sewn together.

This little basket of hand dyed (with natural dyes, of course) yarn was in the same house. I love the light from this window falling on the wooden table (which was really beautiful in person) and the fibers. They are handspun, too.



Eric and I bought a membership to the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village. It's an incredible deal! So, you'll probably be seeing more of these places. I'll try not to get fascinated on all the same things each time! Tomorrow, I'll post the photos from all of the other things. Many from the same houses as these are from, but not with any textile interest.

So, I now am determined that I will become a guide here. I would love to sit in the farmhouse or the little plantation house and iron/quilt/plant in the garden/talk to people all day. And get paid to do it! I talked to a woman there and she said that they recruit mostly in the fall. Presumably so they can train you during the couple months they're closed in the winter. So, come this fall...

13 comments:

Ross said...

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Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I think you'd be a perfect fit for that type of job, Brittany, and you're right - the handcrafted parts are so lovely.

It's interesting seeing these very familiar sites through the eyes of an artist who is passionate about such things.

Brittany Noel said...

I'm glad you recommend me, haha! I'm glad you liked my little tangent, it was like being in a candy shop; every little textile caught my eye!

Anna said...

awww!! Brittany that's really nice, I'm a sucker for farmer's decor, fabrics, or enamel cookware. It's a shame that there isn't places like that close to Manhattan.

Brittany Noel said...

Hi Anna! It seems like there has to be something like that close to you... Although, maybe a lot of the stuff over there is more like forts. There are so many historical homes in New England.

t does wool said...

beautiful pics...interesting and lovely.

Brittany Noel said...

Thanks T! Everything is this place is so interesting.

Helen said...

Brittany, check these out, if you're still looking for vintage-y labels for canning: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26474445&ref=cat1_gallery_20

Just spotted them and thought of you!

Julia said...

I used to have a friend who volunteered at one of the more working houses at Greenfield village, she loved it! I can just imagine how delightful this field trip was for you :)

Brittany Noel said...

Helen, you're the best!! I just bought those :) Thanks for finding those, I owe you!

Hi Julia! I'd love to work in one of the working houses. Your friend is so lucky!! We're going back tomorrow :)

Helen said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked them and will use them with canning, etc. Glad I could help :)

Lobster and swan said...

beautiful house. I love the hardness of the wood next to the soft yarns.

Brittany Noel said...

Hi Jess! Everything there is like that, there is such a myriad of textures.