It’s all too rare that Thistle Hill Weavers offers tours, but the Cherry Valley textile mill is throwing open its doors this weekend to celebrate the holiday season, so here’s your chance for viewing the weaving process, on a variety of looms, from start to finish, as well as snapping up some luxury fabrics and holiday gifts.
Working on a total of 14 hand and power looms, some more than 100 years old, owner Rabbit Goody and her staff specialize in creating accurate historic reproductions of fabrics, carpet and trim for designers, home owners, museums and the film industry. They’ve woven carpets for Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home, covers for George Washington’s bed at his headquarters at Newburgh and created environmentally-friendly fabrics for The Q Collection.
And then there’s the film clients. Thistle Hill Weavers is one of the few mills in the country that can supply historically accurate wardrobe and set fabrics to set the tone of a film. And it’s an impressive list of films: “The Road to Perdition,” “Master and Commander,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Prestige,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Shutter Island,” just to name a few.
The open house celebration kicks of Friday (tomorrow) with a preview party and continues throughout the weekend with tours of the mill and holiday gift sales, with the holiday sales continuing through next week. On Saturday, Rabbit Goody will give a presentation on dressing historic beds for everyday use. All events are free and open to the public.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, December 10: Preview party with refreshments, 5-7pm.
Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 12: Tours of the mill and holiday gifts for sale, 9am-4pm.
Saturday, 2pm: Owner Rabbit Goody will give a gallery talk on dressing historic beds for everyday use.
Monday, December 13-Friday, December 17: Open for holiday gift sales, 9am-4pm.