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.

2019 Workshop Schedule

Beginner Wheat Weaving Workshop

Saturday, November 23, 2019
1:00pm to 3:00pm

For centuries, humans have used straw art to celebrate successful harvests. Farm families created astoundingly detailed hats, reticules, baskets and wall art from wheat, oat, rye and barley straw by braiding, plaiting and weaving it. Though straw weaving nearly went extinct in the 1970s, it has since experienced a revival, and we are proud to be able to use our own wheat for this brand new workshops.

On Saturday, November 23rd we will hold a Beginner Wheat Weaving Workshop, during which participants can learn the basic techniques of straw weaving and create their own small wreath, which can be used as a tree or candle ornament.

Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Ages 12 and older; limit 10 participants. No prior experience necessary.

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, rain or shine. Please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Our staff will meet you in the parking lot and walk the group up to the workshop space. Please let us know about any mobility concerns.


Past Workshops

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Intro to Ox Driving Workshop

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. Ages 18 and up only.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
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.

Workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation. In the case of exceptionally cold or inclement weather, workshop may be moved to the Ridley Creek State Park mansion building nearby.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Beginner Basketweaving Workshop

Baskets are beautiful as well as functional. They were also an integral part of historic life. Join us on February 9th to learn the basics of basket weaving. We will craft a simple small square basket perfect for a counter top or bookcase. (If you attended our beginner basket weaving class last winter, but want to attend again this year, we will be doing a different project and learning some different techniques.) Ages 12 and older; limit 10 participants.

The picture in this listing was the basket we made in last year's workshop; this year's will be square.

Class will be held at the Colonial Plantation. In the case of inclement or bitterly cold weather, class may be moved to the nearby Ridley Creek State Park Mansion building.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Fiber Rush Stool Workshop

Rush weaving has been widely used on simpler pieces of furniture since at least the 17th century. Originally the materials used were dried rushes, a kind of marshland plant. These days, twisted fiber rush made from paper is the material of choice. We will be using fiber rush to weave a top for a small premade footstool, similar to the antique one pictured here. Participants will be able to take the stool home with them.

Workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; in the case of inclement or bitterly cold weather, class might be moved to the Ridley Creek State Park Mansion nearby.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Block Printing Workshop

In the 18th century printed cottons from India were shipped all across the British empire. Indian artisans used hand-carved wooden blocks to achieve everything from simple and elegant designs to breathtakingly complex patterns. These fabrics were used to make clothing, housewares, and even wallpaper in more recent times.

In this class, participants will be use a variety of modern wooden blocks to print with acrylic paint on a cotton scarf. Wear the scarf, hang it as a decorative piece, or use it as a table runner--the choice is yours! Examples of antique wooden blocks and examples of block printed fabrics will be available for examination.

The fees for this class are $30.00 for members, $35.00 for nonmembers, and include the scarf to take home with you. Participation is limited to ten people, ages 10+ only.

Broom Making Workshop -- SOLD OUT!
9:30am to 1:00pm

Brooms are often one of the most overlooked, but essential, tools in the colonial household. Broom making allows us to turn simple, natural materials into objects of usefulness and beauty. In this class we will use broom corn to craft a small whisk broom with a short wooden handle. Some hand strength is required as the cord needs to be pulled quite tight.

Cost is $30 for members; $35 for non-members. Ages 12 and older; limit 10 participants. No prior experience necessary.

Floor Cloth Painting Workshop
9:30AM TO 1:30PM

In the 18th century, floorcloths were a popular choice to protect floors and brighten a room. They were created using oil paint on heavy linen canvas, and then sealed. The designs were often geometric or floral, and could be quite beautiful and complicated. In this class you will have the opportunity to design and paint a 10 x 32" table runner. Due to the limited time, all pieces will have a base color of off white over which you will put your designs. There will be a number of pictures of 18th century designs as well as stencils that you can use. If you have a stencil that you would like to use, feel free to bring it with you to class. You will also be provided with a container of sealant to seal your piece at home when it is fully dry.

Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Ages 12 and up only; limit of 10 participants. Workshop will be held rain or shine; tickets are non-refundable. Beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring a lunch with you.


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