Photo Credit: Wool Spinning, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society

Ontario Culture Days has partnered with the Whitby Historical Society and Lynde House Museum to present a 3-part series of videos on heritage activities that you can follow along at home.

This video is part of Ontario Culture Days’ Creative Residency program.

Early Settler families had to make their own clothes, and this often included producing their own fabrics! Virtually join instructor Helena Turner in the Girl’s Bedroom at Lynde House, where she’ll demonstrate how sheep’s wool is converted into yarn using a spinning wheel.


If you want to make your own wool, get some clean, unspun wool. It should be available from most yarn shops.

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About Lynde House Museum and the Whitby Historical Society

The Whitby Historical Society is an organization actively dedicated to the preservation of history and heritage by providing a variety of community outreach and educational programs. In an agreement with the Town of Whitby, the Whitby Historical Society also operates the Lynde House Museum, sustaining an extensive collection of historical artifacts, and acts as an archive for both the written and pictorial history of Whitby and Southern Ontario. The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House was originally located on a large 200-acre farm beside Lynde Creek on Dundas Street in Whitby, Ontario. Today, the museum offers tours, visits and programming for visitors wanting to learn more about life in the early 1800s.

Feature Image: Wool Spinning, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society