Textile Arts Classes & Workshops


Sewing

Basic Sewing

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Learn how to use basic sewing terms, methods, and tools, including a sewing machine. Learn how to cut a pattern to make an apron, and discover the different ways in which a basic pattern can be enhanced.


Doll Dress

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Susan Tannheimer

This one-day class uses a dressmaking kit that was inspired by a child’s dress from the American Textile History Museum’s permanent collection. It was originally designed by Anne Louise Chandler and created to fit 16-18 inch dolls with molded bodies. The kit contains fabric, patterns, and sewing notions to make one dress, work apron, petticoat, and drawers. These clothes can be made either by machine or hand. Some knowledge of sewing is helpful.

Advance registration required.

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Victorian Trims & Embellishments

Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (1 hour for lunch, lunch not provided)

Cost: $110 non-members, $90 members
Instructor: Astrida Schaeffer

Get inspired by 19th-century gown embellishments during this one-day workshop with curator, costume historian, and author of Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail, Astrida Schaeffer. Learn how the Victorians thought about design and then make a sampler of the piping, cording, applique, pleating, ribbon, and self-trim techniques that made their clothes fabulous. The class includes a visual tour of 19th-century gowns, handouts, and hands-on instruction. Take your own projects to the next level! Basic sewing skill required. Materials provided. (Note: Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail is available for sale in the Museum Shop at a discount for workshop participants.)

Advance registration required.

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Victorian Ornaments

Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $70 non-members, $50 members
Instructor: Astrida Schaeffer

Make three different ornaments featuring Victorian embellishment techniques: applique, cordwork, and ribbon work. The decorative elements are all hand-sewn, but you’ll finish each ornament by machine. (Materials provided.) (Note: Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail is available for sale in the Museum Shop at a discount for class participants.)

Advance registration required.

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Jewelry

Woven Metal Jewelry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with 1 hour for lunch)

Cost: $80 non-members, $60 members. Additional materials fee of $20 due to instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Anastasia Azure

Create beautiful jewelry by weaving with wire and thin sheet metal (copper, brass, and aluminum). Each participant will create their own woven earrings and matching pendant. We will play with basic weave structures, color, and shape.  These techniques can be easily reproduced at home with a few hand tools. No metals or weaving experience is necessary.

Advance registration required.

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Embroidery

Floral Scarf Embroidery Workshop

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $110 non-members, $90 members
Instructor: Kris Andrews

Floral-Scarf-Kris-AndrewsInspired by a beautifully embroidered piano cover from the American Textile History Museum’s permanent collection, this exquisite scarf was designed by well-known embroiderer Kris Andrews exclusively for ATHM. We will use simple stitches and wool and silk fibers to create two bold flowers set in twining vines. Advance registration required.

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Hardanger Fall Bookmark

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Joan Ferguson

Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to create a beautiful bookmark. Learn the buttonhole, eyelet, and satin stitches. Bring sharp scissors.  Advance registration required.

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Hardanger Fall Bookmark

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Joan Ferguson

Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to create a beautiful bookmark. Learn the buttonhole, eyelet, and satin stitches. Bring sharp scissors.  Advance registration required.

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Hardanger Holiday Ornament

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Joan Ferguson

Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to create a beautiful holiday ornament. Perfect for a holiday gift! Advance registration required.

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Hardanger Holiday Ornament

Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Joan Ferguson

Discover how counted and drawn-thread techniques are used on even-weave cloth to create a beautiful holiday ornament. Perfect for a holiday gift! Advance registration required.

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Knitting and Crocheting

Knitting Socks from the Top Down

Thursdays, October 9, 23, and November 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the top and finish at the toe. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles. Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Lace Knitting

Tuesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn to read charts and make the necessary stitches to work a sampler. How to add a lifeline to help if a mistake is made, work slip stitch edges for adding a knitted-on edging, and blocking will be covered. Students are ask to bring lace to fingering weight yarn and appropriate size needles. Basic knitting knowledge is helpful. Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Knitting Socks from the Bottom Up

Thursdays, November 20, December 11 and 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the toe and finish at the cuff. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles. Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Crochet Basics

Sunday, September 7, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Designed for the beginning crocheter, this class focuses on the foundation chain, single crochet, and double crochet. Participants will have the option to make a scarf, dishcloth, or small bag. Bring 200 yards worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet hook.

Advance registration required.

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Tunisian Crochet

Sunday, September 21, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Learn Tunisian crochet techniques, including the simple stitch, purl stitch, increases, decreases, and return passes. How to count stitches and rows, and finishing off will also be covered. Bring worsted weight yarn and Tunisian crochet hook size J or K.

Advance registration required.

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Stitch of the Month: Tunisian Honeycomb

Sunday, October 5, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Explore how this beautiful stitch can be used to create home accessories, a cowl, or a scarf. Skills requirement: Knowledge of Tunisian Crocheting required.

Advance registration required.

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Knitting Socks from the Top Down

Thursdays, October 9, 23, and November 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the top and finish at the toe. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Lace Knitting

Tuesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn to read charts and make the necessary stitches to work a sampler. How to add a lifeline to help if a mistake is made, work slip stitch edges for adding a knitted-on edging, and blocking will be covered. Students are ask to bring lace to fingering weight yarn and appropriate size needles. Basic knitting knowledge is helpful.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Cables Crochet

Sunday, October 19, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Discover how to use the “posts” of stitches to create beautiful flows of cables! Skills required: Must be able to create a chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

Advance registration required.

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Knitting Socks from the Top Down

Thursdays, October 9, 23, and November 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the top and finish at the toe. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Lace Knitting

Tuesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn to read charts and make the necessary stitches to work a sampler. How to add a lifeline to help if a mistake is made, work slip stitch edges for adding a knitted-on edging, and blocking will be covered. Students are ask to bring lace to fingering weight yarn and appropriate size needles. Basic knitting knowledge is helpful.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Stitch of the Month: Broomstick Crochet

Sunday, November 2, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

The broomstick crochet technique will be examined and used to create lace-style holes and criss-crossing bars.

Skills required: Must be able to create a chain and a single crochet.

Materials: worsted weight yarn, size 35 knitting needle, and size H crochet hook.

Advance registration required.

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Lace Knitting

Tuesdays, October 14, 28, and November 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn to read charts and make the necessary stitches to work a sampler. How to add a lifeline to help if a mistake is made, work slip stitch edges for adding a knitted-on edging, and blocking will be covered. Students are ask to bring lace to fingering weight yarn and appropriate size needles. Basic knitting knowledge is helpful.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Knitting Socks from the Top Down

Thursdays, October 9, 23, and November 13
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the top and finish at the toe. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Birchbark Slippers

Sunday, November 2, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Learn how to make these quick and easy slippers using the Tunisian simple stitch. You’ll be making several pairs for yourself and to give as gifts. Materials list provided upon registration.

Advance registration required.

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Knitting Socks from the Bottom Up

Thursdays, November 20, December 11 and 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the toe and finish at the cuff. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Stitch of the Month: Tunisian Full Stitch

Sunday, December 7, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 non-members, $20 members
Instructor: Kristy Medina

Explore how this beautiful stitch can be used to create home accessories, a cowl, scarf, or wrist warmers. Skills requirement: Knowledge of Tunisian crocheting required.

Advance registration required.

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Knitting Socks from the Bottom Up

Thursdays, November 20, December 11 and 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the toe and finish at the cuff. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Knitting Socks from the Bottom Up

Thursdays, November 20, December 11 and 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $70 for non-members, $60 for members
Instructor: Judith Durant

Learn how to knit basic socks that start from the toe and finish at the cuff. Students are asked to bring sock yarn and appropriate size double-point needles.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Rug Hooking

Traditional Rug Hooking for Beginners

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 non-members, $105 members
Instructor: Diane Burgess

Learn the basics of traditional rug hooking while creating a small project. The focus of this class will be technique (hands on hooking and lots of it).  A practice kit will be provided which will include a primitive size hook, backing and transfer material along with some simple patterns you can use.   We will work with primitive ¼” inch wide wool strips.   You will learn about the types of rug designs, techniques, wool quantity, cuts of wool, backings, color planning, examples of as-is and dyed wools and how to use them within your design,  finishing techniques, as well as tools and materials that are available.  Students will need to purchase wool for their project.  Additional hooking supplies and some patterns will be available for purchase during class.

Advance registration required.

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Spinning

Drop Spindle and Wheel Spinning

Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional material fee of $5 due to the instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Discover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Advance registration required.

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Drop Spindle and Wheel Spinning

Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional material fee of $5 due to the instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Discover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Advance registration required.

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Drop Spindle and Wheel Spinning

Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional material fee of $5 due to the instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Discover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Advance registration required.

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Drop Spindle and Wheel Spinning

Sunday, December 14, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional material fee of $5 due to the instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Discover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Advance registration required.

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Weaving

Weaving for Adults: August

Sundays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 , 2014
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $160 non-members, $140 members
Instructor: Barbara Provest

This four-week class in floor-loom weaving is designed for new weavers or those who want to brush up on their weaving skills. Table looms will be provided for those who wish to learn on the Dorothy Looms. Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Inkle Loom Belt Weaving: September

Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional $5 material fee due to instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Learn how to weave narrow bands on an inkle loom, which can be used for belts, guitar straps, trims, or bracelets. The varieties of color and pattern are limited only by the weaver’s imagination! Advance registration required.

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Weaving: September

Sundays: September 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $160 non-members, $140 members.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Four-week class in floor-loom weaving for new weavers or those who want to brush up on their weaving skills. Table looms will be provided for those who wish to learn on the Dorothy Looms. Study: 73 Twills, Huck Lace, Double cloth, or plain weave. Covers warping board skills, figuring out sett, dressing the loom, record keeping. Lots of handouts will be provided for your weaving notebook. 5/2 Valley cotton weaving yarns will be provided for sale at $23 per pound or you can purchase colors you like from www.yarn.com.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Inkle Loom Belt Weaving: October

Sunday, October 26, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional $5 material fee due to instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Learn how to weave narrow bands on an inkle loom, which can be used for belts, guitar straps, trims, or bracelets. The varieties of color and pattern are limited only by the weaver’s imagination! Advance registration required.

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Weaving: October

Sundays: October 5, 19, 26, & November 2, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $160 non-members, $140 members.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Four-week class in floor-loom weaving for new weavers or those who want to brush up on their weaving skills. Table looms will be provided for those who wish to learn on the Dorothy Looms. Study: 73 Twills, Huck Lace, Double cloth, or plain weave. Covers warping board skills, figuring out sett, dressing the loom, record keeping. Lots of handouts will be provided for your weaving notebook. 5/2 Valley cotton weaving yarns will be provided for sale at $23 per pound or you can purchase colors you like from www.yarn.com.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Inkle Loom Belt Weaving: November

Sunday, November 23, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional $5 material fee due to instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Learn how to weave narrow bands on an inkle loom, which can be used for belts, guitar straps, trims, or bracelets. The varieties of color and pattern are limited only by the weaver’s imagination! Advance registration required.

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Weaving: November

Sundays: November 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $160 non-members, $140 members.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Four-week class in floor-loom weaving for new weavers or those who want to brush up on their weaving skills. Table looms will be provided for those who wish to learn on the Dorothy Looms. Study: 73 Twills, Huck Lace, Double cloth, or plain weave. Covers warping board skills, figuring out sett, dressing the loom, record keeping. Lots of handouts will be provided for your weaving notebook. 5/2 Valley cotton weaving yarns will be provided for sale at $23 per pound or you can purchase colors you like from www.yarn.com.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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Inkle Loom Belt Weaving: December

Sunday, December 21, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $50 non-members, $30 members. Additional $5 material fee due to instructor on date of class.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Learn how to weave narrow bands on an inkle loom, which can be used for belts, guitar straps, trims, or bracelets. The varieties of color and pattern are limited only by the weaver’s imagination! Advance registration required.

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Weaving: December

Sundays: December 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $160 non-members, $140 members.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Four-week class in floor-loom weaving for new weavers or those who want to brush up on their weaving skills. Table looms will be provided for those who wish to learn on the Dorothy Looms. Study: 73 Twills, Huck Lace, Double cloth, or plain weave. Covers warping board skills, figuring out sett, dressing the loom, record keeping. Lots of handouts will be provided for your weaving notebook. 5/2 Valley cotton weaving yarns will be provided for sale at $23 per pound or you can purchase colors you like from www.yarn.com.

Advance registration required. Mid-course registrations accepted.

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