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How Colonists were able to make clothing and other cloth items out of a sheep's fleece?

The whir of the spinning wheel and the clack thump of the loom were familiar sounds to many colonist pioneer families. While clothing of leather could be easily produced and was long wearing in spite of the rigors of wilderness living, it was not comfortable, according to those who wore it. Even the native peoples wore linen shirts when they could get them! At least one family in three owned hand carders for preparing wool to spin. Almost every family owned a spinning wheel (many had more than one). On Our Next report Laura has the story on the Sheep to Shawl festival, an event held every year at Phillipsburg Manor, where patrons learn how colonists used to shear sheep and spin it into yarn, which would eventually be made into clothing.