Textile Arts Classes

Registration for all Textile Arts Classes is required 7 days prior to the start of the class.
Registrations within 7 days of the class may not be honored.

Join us this winter for a variety of new textile arts classes. Sign up for more than one class using our online Family ID system for registration. Current American History Textile Museum members at the Contributing level and above receive a 10% discount on all classes.

Adult Class Offering  |  Kid Class Offering  |  Instructor Bios  |  Registration Information


Adult Class Offering

Purse-ability

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9am – 12pm
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1pm – 4pm (Mother’s Day)

Let your personality shine during a one-day workshop! Mix and match fabrics and add trims and stitching techniques to sew and embellish a beautiful, crazy quilt-style purse. Create a unique piece inspired by your own ideas and sense of style. The purse template is provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own materials or draw from ATHM’s stash of supplies. A slide presentation featuring some of the purses found in the Museum’s collection is included. Some previous sewing machine knowledge preferred. Classes are designed for individual instruction or for an adult/child aged 8+ team.

Instructor: Karen O’Rourke
Price: $25 for individual ($20 for members) or $35 per adult/child team ($30 per team for members).

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Crocheting

Tunisian Crocheting
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
10 am - 1 pm
$25 members, $35 non-members (class minimum 4, maximum 8)
Instructor: Kristy Medina
Have you ever wanted to learn Tunisian Crocheting, also known as Afghan Crocheting? Come learn at ATHM! It is a type of crocheting that uses an elongated hook and it looks like a mixture of knitting and crocheting.
Materials: Please bring 1 Tunisian crochet hook (H-J) and 2 colors of worsted weight yarn.

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Embroidery

Embroidery Workshop: Hardanger Heart
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10:30am – 12:30pm OR
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor: Joan Ferguson
Cost: $20 for members ($30 for non-members, includes Museum admission)
Pre-registration required.
Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to created a beautiful, heart-shaped design perfect for framing or using in a card for a loved one.

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Knitting

Knitting Know-How for Beginners: Getting Started  
Tuesdays, April 15, 22, 29 , 2014
10 am - noon

Learn the ins and outs of casting on, binding off, and making knit and purl stitches. By the third class you'll be ready to cast on, work a scarf in a combination pattern of knit and purl stitches, and cast off.
Materials: Bring worsted weight wool and size 8 needles to class.
Fee: $60.00 members, $70 non-members (class minimum 4, maximum 10)
Instructor: Judith Durant

Knitting Know-How for Advanced Beginners and Intermediate: Knitting in the Round
Thursdays, April 17, April 24, May 1, 2014
10 am - noon

Learn to cast on in pattern and then join stitches for knitting in the round. We'll begin a basic cap with the goal of completing it during the third class. 
Materials: Bring approximately 200 yards of worsted weight wool and size
7 or 8 needles: set of 5 double point and one 16" circular (optional).
Fee: $60.00 members, $70 non-members (class minimum 4, maximum 10)
Instructor: Judith Durant

Knitting Know-How at Night 
Thursdays, April 17, April 24, May 8, May 22, May 29, 2014
6 pm - 8:00 pm
The first part of each class will be devoted to learning a new technique. The rest of the evening Judith will help you with whatever projects you're working on, or answer general knitting questions. Open to knitters of every level.
Fee: $100.00 members, $110 non-members (class minimum 4, maximum 10)
Instructor: Judith Durant

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Lace Making

Please contact Catherine A. Mazur, director of education and community outreach at 978-441-0400 (x262) or at cmazur@athm.org for more information.

 

Spinning

Spinning on a Spindle and Wheel
Sunday, May 11, 2014
10:30 am – 1:30  pm
$40 members, $50 non-members (plus $5 materials fee) (class minimum, 3)
Instructor: Barbara Provest

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Weaving

Weaving
Sundays, April 27 and May 4, 2014
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$150.00 members, $160 non-members (class limit, 4)
Instructor: Barbara Provest
Brush up on your weaving skills! Learn how to use the wraping board to wind a perfect warp, and weave a huck lace sampler.
Materials: Bring to class 1 color 5/2 Valley cotton yarn (available from Webs or www.yarn.com

Belt Weaving on Inkle Looms
Sunday, April 27, 2014 OR
Sunday, May 18, 2014
10:30 am - 1 pm
$40 members, $50 non-members (class limit, 3)
Instructor: Barbara Provest

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Kid Class Offering

Purse-ability

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9am – 12pm
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1pm – 4pm (Mother’s Day)

Let your personality shine during a one-day workshop! Mix and match fabrics and add trims and stitching techniques to sew and embellish a beautiful, crazy quilt-style purse. Create a unique piece inspired by your own ideas and sense of style. The purse template is provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own materials or draw from ATHM’s stash of supplies. A slide presentation featuring some of the purses found in the Museum’s collection is included. Some previous sewing machine knowledge preferred. Classes are designed for individual instruction or for an adult/child aged 8+ team.

Instructor: Karen O’Rourke
Price: $25 for individual ($20 for members) or $35 per adult/child team ($30 per team for members).

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Fiber Fun

Thursday, April 24, 2014
10am – 2pm
Join us during School Vacation Week to explore the world of fiber. Learn how to knit, crochet, weave, or spin. Use a potholder loom to create a hot plate, or put two together to create a cell phone bag! This event is free and open to kids of all ages.

 

Instructors:

Judith Durant
Judith is editor of the best-selling knit and crochet One-Skein Wonders series, author of Knit One, Bead Too and Never Knit Your Man a Sweater, and co-author of Knitting Know-How. One of the founding editors of Interweave Knits, her passion for fiber began when she was eight years old and her mother taught her to knit. A Lowell resident, Judith is thrilled to be teaching at ATHM. Visit her on the web at judithdurant.com.

Cheryl Holbert
Cheryl Holbert teaches tapestry and flat woven rug techniques to students of all ages in a variety of diverse community and educational settings. As a faculty and staff member at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, she has built fiber arts programs for both the Art Center's in-house and outreach programs. Cheryl received her BA from Rutgers University and weaves her own tapestries on commission, in addition to exhibiting her work in the region frequently. Her special interest in indigenous textiles has taken her from the American Southwest to central Turkey, where her experience with traditional weavers continues to inspire innovative themes for her classes here in New England.

Paula Lochhead
Sewing and crafting have been Paula Lochhead’s creative outlets for the past 45 years.  She is an avid seamstress and quilter and she experiments in most fiber art forms, from beading to knitting.  Paula’s passion for fiber art has given her the opportunity to be a Family and Consumer Science teacher and a Museum Educator at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Kristy Medina
Kristy Medina has her BA in Textiles from Moore College of Art and Design. She has been crocheting since 1986 and has since added machine sewing, weaving, quilting, knitting and spinning to her repertoire.  Kristy was a preschool teacher, and art docent for grades K - 6th, and is currently a freelance arts and crafts teacher. She has several Early Childhood Education units, and enjoys teaching both children and adults.
Visit Kristy’s website (www.textiles4you.com) and blog (www.textiles4you.blogspot.com).

Karen O’Rourke
Karen O'Rourke's love for sewing began at 8 years old when she was given a Barbie sewing machine, and made all the Barbie outfits in one day! Soon she moved on to sew for herself, family members and friends, and always bought fabric to experiment with. Karen took sewing classes from local shops and decided to study Fashion Design at Newbury College. After many years of working in different areas of sewing and design, she opened a teaching business to share her passion and expertise with others.

 

Registrations and Refunds:

All classes/workshops must be prepaid in order to participate in the programs. Refund requests are granted up to 7 days before the class/ workshop begins. A $10 non-refundable registration fee will be charged to the students being refunded for class/ workshops that the do not attend. Refunds will not be granted to students that do not cancel within the 7 day time period prior to the class/ workshop.  Tuition and fees may be transferred to another class/workshop. A full refund will be granted for classes/workshops that do not take place due to insufficient enrollment. Students will be notified 7 days before the class/workshop is scheduled to begin if the class has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

In some classes, additional costs may apply.

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In addition to registering online (above), you may also call 978-441-0400 X250 or email reservations@athm.org to sign up for a class.

Reservations:
To reserve your spot, simply click on the button below the class you would like to sign up for and follow the instructions on the page or call (978) 441-0400 x250.
Museum members and children under 6 are admitted at no charge. Museum members receive discounts on program fees.

Rent a Table Loom

Now you can weave in the comfort of your home! Rent a 4 harness, 15" weaving width (approx.) $30 per month.
Call the Education Department at
1-978-441-0400 (x250)