A little different than the usual Orcas Island Historical Museum History Matinee, a presentation at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at the Eastsound Fire Station, includes the history of spinning and weaving and the opportunity to try the spindles yourself. This is a free community event, and families with school-age children are welcome.
Barbara Bentley is a retired university professor who now has time to pursue a lifelong attraction to the fiber arts. Starting with lessons in knitting from her grandmother, Bentley has always loved working with fiber and fabric. But it is spinning and weaving that truly captured her imagination after a sabbatical on a sheep farm in Western Australia. She sometimes brags that she can make a garment every step of the way — from the back of a sheep to a cabled Icelandic sweater — without electricity.