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Miners Hall Museum’s quarterly exhibit “spins a yarn”

FRANKLIN, Kan. – Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas is proud to announce the 2019 Second Quarterly Exhibit, “Spinning a Yarn & Weaving a Tale” opening April 1 and continuing through June 28, 2019. The exhibit is hosted by Jean Jack. Jean obtained a BSED with a major in Art Education from PSU. She has worked in the fiber arts, including weaving, spinning and dyeing, and related areas. Since 1979 she has been teaching classes for Girl Scouts, 4H and fiber guilds.

This exhibit will showcase portable looms with examples of projects woven on each one. On display will be samples of loom-woven items from a multi-harness floor loom. The exhibit will also include spinning fibers and yarns, spinning and weaving tools, and equipment and baskets.

There will be special monthly programs during the quarter. We hope you will join us for these free and interesting programs. Programs held each month include Weaving on Portable Looms presented by Sue Horner and Jean Jack on April 28; Basket Weaving presented by Jean Jack on May 19 and Spinning presented by Colleen Brooks on June 9. For further information on our programs you can follow “Miners Hall Museum” on Facebook or Twitter or become a member of the museum.

If you have artifacts, photos, or stories relating to this exhibit and would like to donate or loan them for this exhibit or future display at the museum, please contact the museum to share this wonderful history.

The museum is open for viewing Monday through Saturday 10:00 am through 4:00 pm. Call 620-347-4220 to set up tours for large groups. Admission to the museum and the programs is free. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Monthly Programs

Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.: “Weaving on Portable Looms”, presented by Sue Horner and Jean Jack. They will be demonstrating techniques you might not have considered, using a variety of materials, weaving simple projects for any age or ability.

Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.: “Basket Weaving”, presented by Jean Jack, who will demonstrate making a melon basket using imported reed. We will also display other materials to use, such as vines and cat tails, etc. along with historical information.

Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m.: “Spinning”, presented by Colleen Brooks, will include a demonstration and a discussion of fiber preparation, plying yarns together, dyeing, and uses for finished products, e.g. knitted products. Colleen will be using raw materials such as locally obtained alpaca and mail order wool.

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