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SHIRLEY — Weaving is the new topic at the Shirley Historical Society Museum with a free opening reception Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

At the opening, the history of hand-weaving will be discussed with examples of looms and finished products on display. Diane Dooley, a Viking re-enactor, will demonstrate tablet-weaving. Becky Furman will show how to use an Inkle loom, like those used in Shakespeare’s time. Bunny Stewart will demonstrate a small four-harness loom. Other round, square and rectangular looms will be on display as well as weavings from Scotland, the American southwest and South America.

For those who would like to learn how to weave, there will be classes on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. on May 16, 23 and 30. The class fee is only $30 per person.

For those who would like to see the display but cannot come to the opening reception, the museum at 182 Center Road in Shirley is open Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and can be reached at 978-425-9328 or mail@shirleyhistory.org.

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