Fifth graders in Mrs. Carrico/Mrs. Frost class, and Mrs. Malesky’s class learned how colonial American’s used plants to make and dye cloth this week. They learned about colonists’ choices about importing cloth or making their own by growing flax for linen, and cotton for cloth, or raising sheep for wool. Colonists spun thread and year, and wove and knitted it into cloth. They recycled cloth, after clothing was worn out, into rag rugs and patchwork quilts. They made their cloth more beautiful with vegetable dyes, handmade lace, and embroidery. Boys and girls learned to stitch — girls stitched to make clothing and household goods, boys stitched to make harnesses and farm good, and/or sails if their family fished. Students had a chance to see hand spun and dyed wool, hand woven garments, a patchwork quilt and a rag woven place mat. Then they tried their hand at making a vegetable dye out of purple cabbage — an aromatic experience for the whole school!
Fifth Grade Colonial Fiber Arts Garden April 29, 2009