Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Salem, two…

Leave a comment

The next morning, Salem held even more fun when, on the advice of our innkeeper, we visited the Mission Mill Museum. Historical early structures have been gathered here on the site of the original weaving mill that pre-dates Pendleton. We had to forego touring the houses due to time but got a personalized tour of the mill by the head guide who had keys and could make the loom run (fast and loud-my hearing would not have lasted a shift!) He was only running one loom, in operation, twelve would have been going at the same time-without earplugs….We had about 45 minutes before we needed to start driving south, he gave us a dynamic, vibrant hour, and could have kept our interest for four hours.

20110703-045130.jpg
On that day of the trip, I was partial to the Hipstamatic app with the John S lens and Big Up film. After taking a couple of shots with the native camera I quickly shifted. I like to use Hipstamatic when I am inside using natural light. It handles that situation in an intriguing way and throws a nice random frame around each shot. I very seldom post-process Hipstamatic shots because I usually think their fun serendipity is enough. Here they are in the order I shot them.

20110703-050704.jpg

20110703-050948.jpg
Carding machines with raw wool.

20110703-051224.jpg

20110703-051315.jpg

20110703-051331.jpg
The yarn after spinning

20110703-051516.jpg
A single thread went through each heddle. Threaded by children prior to child labor laws. If one broke, they were also responsible for repair, dashing between moving parts. They worked long hours without breaks.
Spindles and machines.

20110703-052348.jpg

20110703-052405.jpg

20110703-052425.jpg

20110703-052451.jpg

20110703-052539.jpg

20110703-052613.jpg

20110703-052636.jpg

20110703-052755.jpg

20110703-052902.jpg
The finished cloth coming off the loom.

20110703-052953.jpg

20110703-073332.jpg
Binding with ribbon.

20110703-073435.jpg
After inspection, any flaws or holes were mended by hand.

20110703-073621.jpg
Teasel plants were used to bring up the nap before new mechanization tools.

20110703-073852.jpg
Good lighting.

20110703-073950.jpg
Time cards for check-in.

20110703-074105.jpg
Bucolic, however, this is downstream where all the dyes and soaps from post processing the wool was dumped.
We were so glad we had the time to see this museum and then we jumped in the car and hightailed it for Jacksonville and an evening performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” in Ashland.

Author: loisreynoldsmead

artist

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s