Thursday, July 12, 2007

Corn Husks







Fred wanted to be completely authentic when he restored this labled Wm. Hopkins, Chesterfield, NH Minor's head for a great wheel (currently for sale on ebay, item 160136422330). Well this lead to much experimenting with corn husks.






I tried making the braids for bearings, but all of mine were too narrow once they dried. Then Fred took over the braiding.The husks were so much fun to work with, I googled for directions for a corn husk doll and this is what happened after I took some liberties with the instructions.

7 Comments:

Blogger cyndy said...

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5:52 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

She is beautiful!

And Fred did a great job with the braiding!
What a beautiful Minor's head-- it looks terrific!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I worked a weekend every year at a fall festival on a historic working farm in MD and I made corn husk dolls there...and sorghum...and cider...and ice cream. We had a blast. I missed home and it was as close to home as I could get in DC Metro area.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

I read your article on Fiber Femmes, Good on you! I live near the flint hills of Kansas and have raised sheep and cattle. Some people will just never get it will they. Food does not come in a plastic wrapped package and all fiber is not created equal.
Wool is one of the most amazing fibers in existance and deserves respect and the promotion of those of us that know a good thing when we feel it.
Deb

3:05 PM  
Blogger Amelia, belle of The Bellwether said...

cornhusk braids, hmmm. I have an old great wheel similar to this (from NJ) and it came to me with a leather bearing (and bits of leather sticking out of the other hole). Probably not original to the wheel, so I just might have to try this instead. Thanks!

5:10 PM  
Blogger SBragonier said...

Thank you. Your blog gave me the courage to purchase a Great Wheel I found. She was in sad shape and most of her pieces were in backwards, but with your pictures and details I could tell she was all there. After some elbow grease and lots of lemon oil. She is now a beautiful working addition to my spinning addiction. I am in search of on piece though and any assistance you can give would be great. One of the small pivoting tips on my minor is broken. It is split vertically and half is missing. It still works because the tension of the band holds the axel in place. Do you know where I could get one or have one made?
Thank you
Susan

2:55 PM  
Blogger Spinning Sandy said...

Hello!
I am a spinner and have just purchased a Great Wheel from a private owner. The minor's head has been shillacked over . Using a magnifiying glass, I was able to read a little bit of the label. I believe it is one of Fred's.
It spins like a charm!

3:18 PM  

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