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Molly Mckinley

Molly's Story :

I started weaving on a Fisher Price loom when I was eight years old. I liked the different colours and textures of the fabric and yarn.

My Dad built me a frame loom next so I could make bigger pieces.  My Nanny introduced me to her weaver friends and I went to some guild meetings in London.

I liked to visit Lang Pioneer Village and I showed one of my rag rugs to the lady in the weaving building. Marie McGee and I became good friends. She has taught me lots about weaving, spinning and dyeing. I taught her about felting.

Now I get to volunteer with her at Lang. We prepare warps and do weaving demonstrations together.  Now I use a rigid heddle and a 4-shaft table loom. I still make rag rugs, but now I can make tea towels, table runners and scarves with fancier and finer designs. I joined the Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild. I am excited to be teaching some weaving courses for kids at the Artisans’ Centre of Peterborough.  I have enjoyed learning about the history of weaving in Ontario at Lang.

My Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather, Richard McConkey Sr, was a weaver in  Tullyard, Killeevan, County Monaghan Ireland.  He came to Peterborough County in 1825 and worked as a farmer and a weaver until he died in 1863.  My Great Uncle David McConkey also weaves. I am excited to be part of the next generation of this ancient art.

I divide my time between school, weaving, rock climbing, pottery, and my friends. Participating in activities like weaving has helped me increase my communication skills, my planning skills, and my attention to details.

There is much that we can learn by acquiring skills from the past to help guide the youth of today.