Sauder Village Presents Free Lecture – “The History of Textiles – Part of Our Cultural Past”

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Archbold, OH – Textile historian and Hollywood movie consultant Rabbit Goody, owner of Thistle Hill Weavers, will present a free public lecture at Sauder Village on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Join Rabbit Goody as presents her lecture on “The Garnished Table,” a look at what textiles were on the table, the bed, the floor and the windows in rural America and where they came from.
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“It is truly an honor for us to have such a recognized textile artist joining us at Sauder Village for this special lecture and workshop,” shared Susan Bach, Curator of Crafts at Sauder Village. “Rabbit Goody will be travelling from her studio in upstate New York to share information about 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.”

Rabbit Goody is the owner of Thistle Hill Weavers, a mill in Cherry Valley, New York, known for the outstanding reproduction pieces it produces. This custom mill has been producing historically accurate reproduction fabrics, trim, and carpet for more than two decades. Thistle Hill Weavers has created many fabrics for Hollywood movies including Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Master and Commander, Amistad, The Titanic, The Polar Express, and most recently the academy-award winning film, Lincoln. Rabbit is also the author of the recently released book Pattern Weaving Basics for the Handloom. For more information about Rabbit Goody and her textile accomplishments visit

The free public lecture “The History of Textiles – Part of Our Cultural Past,” will be presented at 7:00 p.m. in the Sauder Village Collections Museum in the Historic Village. In addition to the lecture presented by Rabbit Goody, rarely viewed historic textile pieces from the Sauder Village collection will also be on display. Funding for this special program was made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council with support by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A limited number of spaces are also still available for the workshop “Handwoven Household Textiles,” presented by Rabbit Goody at Sauder Village. During this two-day workshop Rabbit will combine lecture and examination of old textiles with opportunity for hands-on weaving on pre-warped looms. The class will focus on the handwoven household textiles that were created for everyday use – textiles for toweling, blankets, bedding and floor coverings. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is suitable for confident beginners. Pre-registration is required for this 2-day workshop and the class fee of $125.00 includes all materials used in class.

Take time to learn something new this year! Gather your friends and make plans to attend Rabbit Goody’s free lecture, the textile workshop or some of the other great classes scheduled throughout the year at Sauder Village. Dates, rates and registration information for all Sauder Village classes are available online or by calling 800.590.9755.

Historic Sauder Village will open for the 2013 season on Tuesday, April 30. Hours this spring are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4:00 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays and summer hours will begin after Memorial Day. Admission is $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for students (6-16) and free for members and children 5 and under. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season!

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