This past week I had the immense pleasure and privledge of particpating in a very special design transformation. It’s Curtains For Little House.
It’s Curtains For Little House
Last May I attended Prairie Days at the Little House on the Prairie site in Independence, Kansas. The wonderful owners of the site, Jean and Kristin Schodorf, were in the midst of building a fantastic replica of the Little House cabin.
I offered to create the soft goods (curtains, tablecloth, etc.) for the interior. They happily accepted and I measured the various areas before returning home.
Oh Oh Calico!
One thing I truly love about the Little House books is that Laura’s storytelling is so very detailed. She provides a wealth of information on how pioneers actually lived. In the book, On The Banks of Plum Creek, Laura described the curtains Ma made from various muslin and calico.
My dear friend Dartanyan, from the Time Travelers Sewing Guild, gracious donated some lovely vintage cotton calico cloth to the cause. The vintage cotton crochet lace had been in my box of sewing treasures for a considerable amount of time.
As for hanging the curtains Laura told how “Pa was driving nails to hold the strings for the curtains…” I surmised that the string was perhaps a thin rope. To hold the weight of curtains it would need to be something a bit more sturdy than string. A second thought I had was that nails would not be able to be driven through string. But nails could absolutely be hammered in place between the strands of rope.
I selected a sisal rope and square headed nails. Both items are historically accurate for the time period.
To keep the ends of the rope from fraying I dipped the ends into hot wax and let it harden.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the cabin was set for Friday, August 3rd, 2018.
This was a perfect day to mark such an esteemed occasion as it was also the 148th birthday of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey who was born at the historic site.
The Authentic Install
My son and I arrived the day before the celebration to do the install.
It was a true delight to see the finished cabin.
My new Eagle Scout was able to share skills he had learned while earning the woodworking merit badge.
A very special “thank you” to the delightful John Bass for taking photos of the process.
For a truly fun recreation we wore historically accurate work clothing that I had sewn for the occasion. I have such deep respect for our ancestors. It was about 95 degrees inside the cabin on this hot summer day.
My heart was filled with such deep gratitude for my son who is 16. I am very happy that he is so ready and willing to represent our Ingalls family heritage.
He did a truly fabulous job!
The cabin was on it’s way to becoming truly cozy.
Next, a few pieces of reproduction furniture were added to the cabin. Much more is to come!
Afterwards we spent a bit of time with the lovely animals that live at the site. Kristin lovingly rescued them all from a slaughter sale.
The Little House on the Prairie cabin is located at 2507 3000 Rd, Independence, KS 67301.
Tax deductible donations to support the museum site can be made HERE. There is still a great need to repair/restore the exisiting chimney and firebox.
If you know of any stonemasons in the Kansas area capable of such a task by all means leave a comment or contact the museum.
Just to clarify, I do not profit from the museum in any way, shape or form. I gifted my time, materials, and travel expenses as I strongly believe that preserving history is a truly worthwhile cause.
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