During the workshop we learned about the history of pillow tops as well as how to make our own. First we were each given a small wooden frame meant for pillow top weaving, and picked out a few different colours of wool. The wool to be used for the base layer, which isn't seen in the final product, was tied onto one of the corner nails to start everything off.
The first step was to bring the wool to the opposite side of the frame and let it go all the way around two nails before bringing it straight across to the original side. That wool was then wrapped around two nails on the original side and brought back to the opposite side, and repeated. When we came to a corner nail we used that as our “second nail”, wrapping the wool around it, and just kept going, bringing the wool over to the opposite side. The wool should be pulled tight all the time.
On Sunday we continued the traditional theme by attending an ice fishing session at the Fluvarium! We learned about what to wear, safety precautions, regulations, and we even made our own handmade ice fishing rods. We attended the last session of the day and unfortunately a larger child had jumped on the ice and went through it earlier on, so they weren’t allowing any visitors to go on the ice after that incident. However, the instructor did go out on the ice and showed us how to use an auger to drill a hole in the ice as well as how to test the thickness of it. We were surprised to learn the recommended ice thicknesses for use: 4-6” for one person, 8-10” for a group, and 10-12” for using a snowmobile on the ice.