Home made crafts were the order of the day before it became commonplace to purchase special tokens for family and friends. Many creative people carry on this tradition today. Early crafts were fashioned from whatever was available. Collecting natural materials was a common activity of women and children. Feathers, seeds and even hair were often materials of choice for creative design. Shells were used when they were accessible. The Middleville and District Museum has a collection of homemade crafts lovingly made for friends and family members. Practical items like socks and mittens kept family members warm and comfortable. Hooked rugs and quilts were projects undertaken by many. Wreaths made of seeds, shells and hair were often made to commemorate or celebrate a loved one. Some of these wreaths were preserved in shadow boxes and the Museum has examples that have survived from the late 1800's on display.
The sentiment of a handmade gift endures today as a testament of love for family and friends.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.