Grandma's Weaving

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title Grandma's Weaving
Description no easy task as it meant sitting on the floor back of the loom and holding the many strands of warp tight,while Grandma wound them on to a large roller on the loom. It was a tiresome job and took us all afternoon, It was a job I didn't especially like but I loved to hear the stories she would tell me to keep me interested and awake on the job. She would tell me of her early life as a child in Denmark and of her life when she first came to this country and settled in Wales and then Mt. Pleasant. She was a fair young maiden when she became the second wife to her older sister's husband. Grandma told me that in the early days here in Sanpete the women sheared the sheep. The men would catch the sheep and tie their legs together and place them on a platform so the women could shear them. Grandma would shear the sheep and keep right on working with the wool until she had a beautiful garment. When her first child was small, she would take her with her to the shearing corrals and put her on a quilt in the shade of a wagon box. There she would play or sleep until she need- ed to be nursed or changed and then Grandma would leave her work and go tend to her baby. Back to the shearing, she would go until the day was done or the job was finished. One spring, Grandma rode on the running gears of a wagon from Mt. Pleasant to Indianola every day to shear sheep, leaving her three small children in the care of her mother at home. One morning she was unable to work as during the night she had given birth to a baby boy, her fourth child and second son. After Grandma sheared the wool off the sheep, she would wash it clean and white then lay it out on a clean sheet to dry. When it was dry, she corded it until it was nice and soft and fluffy. Then she would sit at the spinning wheel where she spun it into fine yarn and wound it on shuttles and then onto a reel, where the length and width of the material was measured. Next she put it on the loom where it was woven into a beautiful piece of cloth. The yarn or material was also dyed by a special process to get the desired color, then dried and pressed until it was smooth and straight. One special piece of black cloth will never be forgotten. After she had done much cutting, sewing, pressing, and fitting, it became a beautiful new suit of clothes for Grandpa, with coat, vest, and pants. How proud he was to wear this new suit for the first time. The occasion was the dedication of the Manti Temple, May 21, 1888. Grandpa hitched the team of horses to the wagon and took the whole family to the dedication. How proud everyone was of him in his new suit on this special day, and how proud we all were of Grandma for her integrity of weaving fabrics, rugs, and carpets, but even more important was her weaving of memories for us to cherish and to pattern our lives after. -16-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324107
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324107