St. James Textile Museum

St. James Textile Museum

St. James Textile Museum

Consecrated in 1885, this small graceful former Presbyterian Church is now home to the Beachkirk Collection of nineteenth century artifacts, largely from southeastern New Brunswick, associated with domestic textile production and other handicrafts that facilitated daily life in the days before automobiles and shopping centres. Among the most important of its kind in the Maritimes, the Collection includes carders, flax breaks, spinning wheels, carpenters’ and blacksmiths’ tools, a working foot-powered wood lathe, and a magnificent hand-made loom dating from about 1800. Our expert spinners and weavers are eager not only to demonstrate these important domestic arts of days gone by, but also to guide you as you try your own hand at them.

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Weaving - St James Textile Museum, Dorchester

Weaving – St James Textile Museum, Dorchester