What Did You Do at Color Cruise?

What a great weekend in Grand Ledge! The Color Cruise & Island Festival celebrated Grand Ledge and Michigan history.

This annual event has something for everyone – riverboat rides on the Grand Princess Riverboat, Oktoberfest celebration at the Opera House, a vintage car display and horse drawn wagon rides.

On the Island, visitors discovered craft demonstrations from pioneer days including encampments, a petting zoo, storytelling, music, and food. The Grand Ledge Police Department handed out child ID kits while the Grand Ledge Fire Department’s Fire Pup was greeting all who came onto the Island. We even had young members celebrating the birthday of the US Navy - October 13, 1775!

Some of our Ledge Craft Lane artists were on hand too! Holly McAnally headed up the pumpkin painting activity for kids – lots of pumpkins, lots of paint, lots of kids and lots of fun!

Sheila Foster demonstrated rug hooking using wool strips on linen –

According to Wikipedia, rug hooking is “both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

… the most recent research indicates "...the technique of hooking woolen loops through a base fabric was used by the Vikings, whose families probably brought it to Scotland

… Rug hooking was originally developed in England as a method of using leftover scraps of cloth

… Rug hooking as we know it today may have developed in North America, specifically along the Eastern Seaboard in New England in the United States, the Canadian Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In its earliest years, rug hooking was a craft of poverty. The vogue for floor coverings in the United States came about after 1830 when factories produced machine-made carpets for the rich. Poor women began looking through their scrap bags for materials to employ in creating their own home-made floor coverings"

Judy Koos, well-known for her basket making, demonstrated how she uses her weaving skills to create a wooden sled –

Denise Mulder demonstrated rug twining

Twining, using some type of frame or on a loom, is a type of weaving that involves twisting weft (crosswise) strands around warp (vertical) strands … done with rag strips it is an effective technique for making sturdy objects like rugs, bath mats, baskets, and bags. (Twined Rag Rugs: Bobbie Irwin: 9780873418980: Amazon.com: Books)

Although a bit cool, the Color Cruise & Island Festival was a fun event and an opportunity to return to days gone by. We came away with feelings of nostalgia, excitement from fun activities and perhaps some new-found interests.

See you next year!

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