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Historical Items

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Item 10013

Wood wool carding combs, Van Buren, ca. 1900

Contributed by: L'Heritage Vivant Living Heritage Date: circa 1900 Location: Van Buren Media: wood and metal wire

Item 18741

Handmade challis blouse, Houlton, c. 1885

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: circa 1885 Location: Houlton Media: wool

Item 16376

Weave Room, Worumbo Mill, ca. 1950

Contributed by: Lisbon Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Lisbon Falls Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Samplers: Learning to Sew

Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.

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Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

Site Pages

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Farmington's Agricultural Pursuits

Cash price for carding wool was 4 cents per pound (approx. $.82 per pound today). Wool and hay continued to be large exports of Farmington well into…

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Lincoln, Maine - Benjamin Chesley

He raised sheep for their wool, and the wool would have been sold for money, made into clothes, or used for household work.

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Historic Hallowell - Uniforms and Expenses

… tan and brown.The fabrics were made of mostly wool and rarely made of cotton because of its expense.

My Maine Stories

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My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes

Story

Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave
by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving

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Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast