Workshops



Workshops are designed to give the participant a hands-on experience in an historic craft or chore. Workshops also include admission to the farm for the day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the office at (610) 566-1725 or by registering at the ticket link provided.


We are excited to present some exciting workshops this year! For your safety and the safety of our staff, please review our Covid guidelines.

The precautions include:
1. Masks being worn at all times. Please note, a face shield is not an acceptable substitute for a mask.
2. Plenty of hand sanitizer available during class as well as bathroom facilities for soap and water hand washing.
3. Purchasing additional tools so that tools do not need to be shared.
4. All classes will either be held out of doors or in our wagon barn with both doors open, which essentially creates and open-air covered space.
5. Reduced class sizes to allow for more social distance.
6. A COVID questionnaire will be filled out by every participant prior to entering the site and anyone with symptoms will be not be allowed to attend and their fee will be refunded.




Introduction to Bobbin Lace -May 29th 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
$45.00 (members) and $50.00 (non members) limit 10 participants

Introduction to Bobbin Lace - Bobbin lace is an intricate decorative art form that takes years to master. This class is designed to give you a very basic foundation. You will learn how to set up bobbins, do basic stitches, and start to learn to read patterns. There will be a few patterns to choose from. This class is geared toward the absolute beginner. If you already have some knowledge of bobbin lace this class is probably too basic for you. The cost of the class includes 12 basic plastic bobbins to take home and instructions to make a basic pillow so you can continue to practice at home. This class runs over lunch time but no food will be provided. You are welcome to bring a snack if you would like. This class is open to participants ages 12-18 if accompanied by an adult also taking the class.
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Past Workshops

Ox Driving-April 17th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
$45.00 (members) and $50.00 (non members) limit 4 participants
250 years ago, oxen were the backbone of many farms in Colonial America as they slowly--but powerfully--served as our ancestors' heavy lifters. Today, oxen are a rare sight, an unfortunate victim of modernization. During this three-hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to step back in time and rediscover the world of oxen.

Topics to be covered include daily care, grooming, yoking, commands, and basic driving. We will go at a pace that is comfortable to all. To maximize hands-on participation, this workshop is limited to 4 participants. This class runs over lunch time but no food will be provided. You are welcome to bring a snack if you would like. Ages 18 and up only.



Beginner Basket Weaving Workshop
Baskets are beautiful as well as functional. They were also an integral part of historic life. Join us on Wednesday, October 7th from 4:30-6:30 to learn the basics of basket weaving. We will craft a simple small round basket with a handle perfect for a counter top or bookcase. If you have attended other basket weaving classes with us, this class will be at a similar level but with a new project. Ages 12 and older; limited to 8 participants. COVID safety restrictions will be in place. Masks are required for the entire class period. Hand sanitizer and restroom facilities for hand washing will be readily available. Class will be held outdoors. In the case of rain, the class will be held in a covered open-air space large enough to allow for social distancing.



Indigo Dyeing Workshop--Shibori, Tie-Dye, Batik and More

Don't let winter blues get you down, come and learn all about indigo! In the world of plant dye, blue is a hard color to obtain, and indigo is one of the prime sources. Indigo has been used as a dye for thousands of years in spite of the fact that a complicated chemical process is required to get the blue pigment to adhere to fabrics. In this class you will learn the basic chemistry behind indigo and you will learn to set up an indigo vat for dyeing. Because the qualities of indigo lend themselves to techniques like tie-dye, shibori, batik, and wax resist you will be able to explore some of these techniques during the class to create a truly unique hand-dyed silk scarf.


Basic Hand Sewing and Embroidery Workshop

In the 18th century clothing and accessories were hand-stitched and hand-embellished. While this is a very time consuming task, the basic skills are not complicated. A common accessory in the 18th century was the fabric wallet, often decorated with embroidery and used to carry money or small personal items. In this class we will take the idea of a fabric wallet and adapt it to create a cute fabric envelope that would be perfect to hold a valentine for a special someone or stow a special memento for safekeeping. You will learn basic embroidery stitches that you will use to embellish the fabric for the envelope. We will then learn two hand sewing stitches, back stitch and hem stitch, and use these stitches to assemble the envelope. Some people may be able to finish during class time, but for those who don't, all the materials will be provided to finish at home.


Scrimshaw Workshop

Scrimshaw was a popular art form in the 18th century. It is a simple art in which designs are scratched into horn, bone, or ivory, and the scratches are then filled with ink or pigment to make them vibrant against the background. Many powder horns were decorated with scrimshaw and it was a popular pastime on sailing ships. You can travel to almost any history or maritime museum to see truly stunning examples of scrimshaw art. In this class you will learn the basics of scrimshaw and you will decorate a 1" bone oval which could become a pendant or a key chain--a truly unique and personal work of art! You can design your own image or use one of the images we will have available.




Beginner Whole-Cloth Quilting Workshop
When we think of quilting we tend to think of the piecework quilts common to the 19th and 20th centuries, but in the 18th century whole-cloth quilting was a common technique used particularly for cold weather clothing. In this class you will learn basic quilting techniques and will use common 18th century materials to create a potholder or trivet. You will also have a chance to see examples of reproduction quilted clothing as well as photographs of original 18th century quilted clothing.

















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