Kirkman House hosts weaving, other workshops


Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., will hold its Fun with Fibers advanced weaving workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26-30.

Under the instruction of master weaver Susan Swayne, children ages 9-13 will explore the entire weaving process from individual loom preparation to a completed tapestry piece at the end of the four-day workshop.

Additional activities explore the possibilities of weaving with non-traditional materialsm such as road maps to create woven paper dolls and willow branches to build a large play fort.

The registration cost is $125 per child ($105 for each additional family member) or $110 for museum members.

All materials are provided, including an instructional book and pipe loom for students to take home at the end of the week. Children need to bring a lunch each day; parental supervision is welcome, but not required.

Fun with Fibers is just one of the Kirkman House Museum's Hands on History program offerings.

The museum also has three more Morning at the Museum workshops scheduled this summer. Morning at the Museum is a Wednesday program for ages 6-9 with hands on activities that demonstrate to modern-day children that entertaining endeavors are timeless. Workshops are 10 a.m.-noon. Registration is $10 per child or $8 for museum members. Workshop details are as follows:

Aug. 4: Beatrix Potter Day. Make a scrapbook for the treasures gathered on the Kirkman House grounds.

Aug. 11: Harvest Day with Kitchen Garden food. Enjoy the first foods to ripen and learn how to use the plants from your garden.

Aug. 18: Summer Jubilee. Celebrate summer's end by making ice cream and learning games played by children 125 years ago.

To register children for the Fun with Fibers camp or Morning at the Museum workshops call 509-529-4373. Space is limited, and registration is recommended. Contact Greer G. Buchanan with questions at or visit for more information and additional summer programming.


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