Attention all creatives and DIY devotees! Whether you’ve been working with wool for years or are looking to try a brand new skill, all are welcome to learn more about the fascinating world of fiber arts.

On Saturday, June 3rd, the William Trent House Museum will host a talk and demonstration with ​Jen Lichtmann, a skilled fiber artist. Throughout the afternoon, Lichtmann will walk you through her craft and show you how her work is transformed “From Sheep to Shawl.” This event is entirely free to attend. However, pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so if you do wish to attend, RSVP as soon as possible here: From Sheep to Shawl – Register. Plenty of parking will be available for guests at the museum at 15 Market St, Trenton, NJ 08611. The festivities will kick off at 2 pm, so be prepared for an exciting afternoon!

Jen Lichtmann will be offering an in-depth talk regarding the ins and outs of fiber arts and detailed demonstrations that will walk you through every step of the process. Thornton, Jen will demonstrate spinning, display some items made from her hand yarn, and show samples of her work, some of which will be available for purchase. Jen has a broad portfolio of things to share, including clothing, toys, and more. This is an opportunity to learn from the best of the best, offering guests a chance to learn directly from the artist.

At its founding, the William Trent House was initially purposed as a “fulling mill.” As this is a central tenant of Trent House history, Lichtmann will also explain the “fulling” process and walk attendees through the purpose. Fulling is a process by which wool is thickened through several functions, including moisture, heat, friction, and texture. As the thread condenses and contracts, the fabric smooths and shrinks to approximately 10-25% of its previous size, leaving the user with a tightly-bound, comfortable, light fabric. This process has been integral since the 16th century and is still an art form practiced by fabric artists today. Wool has certainly weaved itself through history, and now is your chance to learn where this craft got its roots.

This event is hosted by the 1719 William Trent House Museum, an entity devoted to sharing the history within its walls. The William Trent House Museum is a National Historic Landmark in the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. Through their preservation efforts and educational opportunities, the William Trent House Museum seeks to connect the community with the people, property, and past that had led to the current moment. If you’d like to read more about the museum and support its work, please visit their website here: William Trent House – Home.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the William Trent House team here: Contact Us. You will undoubtedly have an unbeWEAVEable time at this event, so be sure to mark your calendars today!

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