Sauder Village slates textiles historian


ARCHBOLD, Ohio — A textiles historian and Hollywood consultant will give a lecture Saturday at Sauder Village on the historic use of textiles in the homes of rural America.

Rabbit Goody, owner of Thistle Hill Weavers in Cherry Valley, N.Y., also will conduct a two-day workshop on hand-woven household textiles. It will focus on items made for everyday use such as towels, blankets, bedding, and floor coverings and will include hands-on weaving opportunities.

Her lecture, “The History of Textiles — Part of Our Cultural Past,” will start at 7 p.m. in the Sauder Village Collections Museum. It will cover the fabrics used on tables, beds, floors, and windows and where they came from.

Rarely viewed historic textile pieces from the Sauder Village collection will be on display at the lecture.

The lecture will explain “what the household textiles looked like in the 1800s, where the cloth was coming from, and if it was woven at home or purchased at the store,” said Susan Bach, Sauder Village’s curator of crafts.

Thistle Hill custom-produces historically accurate reproduction fabrics, trim, and carpets that have been used in such films as Lincoln, Titanic, Amistad, Master and Commander, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Preregistration is required for the textiles workshop, which has a $125 fee and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event is suitable for “confident beginners,” according to the museum.