Well folks, I have taken my final bows and closed the curtain on this summers internship. It is an experience that I will never forget as long as I live, and I want to thank everyone that made my experience absolutely wonderful.
To Karen, also known as Mama Eagle,
Thank you for being the best boss that I have ever had. Your patience and passion is something I admire, and I hope that you continue to love what you do. You taught me that it’s okay to walk away and come back to something, but to never give up. There were times that I was frustrated with spinning, and I thank you for your encouragement. I loved the nicknames that you gave me, and feel that I will now never live down the nickname “Quilly” (though that is perfectly alright with me.)
Thank you for including me in every step of every process, and for taking the time to sit down with me and teach me the little things that others may have not. You really do not know how many ways you have helped me grow as a person, and I can not thank you enough for giving me the chance to live my dreams.
To Annie and Sarah,
Thank you. Truely. Thank you so much for welcoming me with open arms and adopting me into the weaving family for the summer. I enjoyed getting to know you both, and will never forget how much you’ve taught me. Both of you have such wonderful perspectives on weaving, spinning, and dyeing, and I found it interesting to listen to how you two solved problems and answered the public’s questions.
I appreciate the time and effort you put into teaching me, and for putting up with my rookie mistakes. Thank you for the laughs and the sing-a-longs, for the advice and tough love, and for the opportunity to try something new. Good luck to the both of you on your bright futures, I hope our paths will cross again someday.
My internship wasn’t an easy one where I got to sit behind a desk all day in the AC, or one where I got to travel out of the country, but it was one that I have been dreaming about since I was a small child. To actually say that I completed my life goal is a big accomplishment; to be able to say that I know how to use a saxony spinning wheel and a great wheel is something I never thought I’d be able to say. Let alone work with looms to produce fabric! The dye process is also something that I can say I know how to do. I am not at the level that Sarah and Annie are at by any means, but it is safe to say I know my way around the two trades.
My last day, August 7th, 2014, was a dye day. We worked with woad, a plant grown by our gardeners to make blue dye. We boiled the leaves and used the potent water to dye the skeins. The leaves smelled like cabbage, and it was funny to watch the crowd take a sniff of the leaves we passed around. Woad makes light, beautiful shades of blue, which show up during oxidation, much like the indigo plant. In fact, there is a chemical in woad called “indigotin” that turns the fibers blue.
Throughout the last few weeks, I got to see Sarah and Annie shear a sheep (which was amusing to witness), spin “black wool” to take home, weave tiny linen cloth, get in a last dye day, and took some amazing shots of CW on my days off.
Colonial Williamsburg is a place that will always hold a special place in my heart, and a place that I hope to return to often.
Thank you for reading,
To my roommates, Thank you for everything. You are both wonderful and I love you dearly. Send my love to Elizabeth.