Historical Craft Classes collage

Classes held throughout the year; See below for dates and class offerings

Times: Most classes are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, but class times vary; See below for specific times

All classes meet in the Museum Education Building

Spend some time at the Village learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways, and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be held in the Country Bank Museum Education Center.

All class registrations CLOSE 1 week prior to the event. Register online below, or call 508-347-0290 if you have questions.

April 28:

Penny Rugs: Wool on Wool Applique

Register for April 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Penny RugsIn the early 1800’s thrifty homemakers would recycle worn textiles into folk art designs to create decorative bedcoverings, table mats and mantel pieces to adorn their home. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the penny rug. Other pieces used images of fruits, flowers, houses, and animals that were drawn to create a colorful canvas to brighten their home. With this wool on wool process, we will use a blanket stitch and other decorative stitches to embellish our unique piece. We will add other historic techniques such as shirred vines and chenille shirred borders. Just bring along a pair of scissors and a complete kit will be supplied of wools, threads, and needles to complete your sample piece.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Note:

Please bring a pair of scissors. A kit with all other necessary materials will be provided.

Woodworking for Beginners (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT.

Learn more about basic woodworking tools and techniques in this class for beginners.  Students in this full day course will develop their woodworking skills and build confidence using basic tools, while making a simple bench.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for April 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Basic Blacksmithing (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, the April 28 class is SOLD OUT.

Learn about the shaping of iron and steel with fire and hammer! Students learn the basic techniques and operations of Blacksmithing by fashioning hooks and nails.

Instructor:

4/28 Class: Ethan Choiniere is the lead blacksmith for OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

11/24 Class: Zachary Martin is one of our talented historical interpreters that works in OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Farmhouse Breakfast (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT.

Create the breakfast that gave our forebears the energy for a long morning’s work.  Baking, frying, boiling, grilling, toasting, and more!

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Note:

Bring a 100% cotton or linen apron if desired. No sandals or shorts please! All class registrations will close 1 week prior to the event.

Learn to Build a 19th-Century Split-Rail Fence

Register for April 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The goal of this program is to show the participants how to turn a log into a post or rail.  Discussions will include picking the right trees, the steps that go into the making of a post or rail, and the different types of fences that we have here at the village.  The posts and rails produced will be used throughout the museum.

Instructor:

Zachary Martin is one of our talented historical interpreters here at OSV.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Note:

Participants should be dressed for working outdoors and may want to bring a pair of work gloves. All class registrations will close 1 week prior to the event.

April 29:

Primitive Folk Art Dolls

Register for April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

folk art dollFrom the early Americana time period, these dolls have a rough and simple look made from cloth, wool and very basic stitches, leftover buttons and lace, to produce an heirloom piece for children of all ages. A small doll will be made, with ideas and patterns for several more. If you have buttons or lace you would like to include, bring it along with just a pair of scissors and a kit will be provided to complete your project. The history will be discussed with examples to inspire you.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

 

Making Shaker Oval Boxes

Register for April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn to make Shaker oval boxes.  Students in this full day course will learn to bend and tack the box bands and shape and fit the tops and bottoms while making a set of three oval boxes.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Introduction to Basket Making (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, the April 29 class is SOLD OUT. Additional classes are being offered in October and November.

A woman weaves a basketLearn to weave your own 19th-century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor:

Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years.  She volunteers and interprets this craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

Forge Welding (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT.

Forge welding is a process that has been integral to blacksmithing since the beginning of the Iron Age. Students will learn the basics of this process by making a chain. Other forge welding techniques will also be discussed.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Men’s Crafts here at OSV and has been practicing traditional methods of blacksmithing since 2001.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

19th-Century Baking Techniques – Level 1

Register for April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Try your hand at Baking a variety of 19th Century foods using a brick oven, tin baker, bake kettle and even ashes.

Instructor:

Victoria Haynes is the Program and Exhibit Manager of the Freeman Farmhouse & Sewing Program here at OSV. She has a degree in illustration, art history, and art education from Montserrat College of Art.  Victoria’s talent and skill are beyond her young years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Introduction to Spinning

Register for Apri 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

In this class for beginning spinners, we will explore different techniques used to transform wool into yarn. Try your hand at carding wool and spinning with a drop spindle, treadle wheel, and wool wheel. You will also learn about other tools used to process yarn.

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Done to a Turn: Exploring 19th Century Methods of Meat Preparation

Register for April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Roast, boil, and fry a variety of viands (pork, beef, chicken, and lamb) and enjoy the tasty results!

Instructor:

Ryan Beckman is the Program and Exhibit Manager of Historic Foodways and the Hearthside Bounty program here at OSV. Her passion and specialty are historic foodways – the history and science behind these kitchen traditions.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50

October 27:

Standing Wool Rugs

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Standing Wool RugThis workshop is about recycling and repurposing the smallest of wool scraps into folk art rugs. We will use a five-inch shirring needle and heavy thread to sew wool strips and manipulate them in various ways to stand them on end to stand alone and make a thick plush rug or mat. We will cover standing wools, center shirring, beaded wools, caterpillar braids, and several other methods to make a sample piece for a table mat, chair seat or to go on to make a larger rug. You will leave with the skills to go on to recycle your worn or unused wool clothing into true heirloom memory rugs.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Fundamentals of Furniture Making

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Furniture making toolsLearn more about the fundamental skills and traditional woodworking techniques used in making handcrafted furniture.  Students in this full day course will develop their woodworking skills, gain practical experience working with classic hand tools and learn more about the joinery and construction techniques used in traditional furniture making.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$30

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Forge Your Own Hammer (2-day class - October 27 & 28)

Register for October 27-28 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This 2-day class will take participants through the entire process of making their own blacksmithing hammer. Punching, forging the hammer to shape, heat treating, and mounting it on a handle will all be covered.  PREVIOUS BLACKSMITHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Historic Trades here at OSV and has been practicing traditional methods of blacksmithing since 2001.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Advisory:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining. Previous blacksmithing experience is required.

19th-Century Baking Techniques – Level 2

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Try your hand at Baking a variety of 19th Century foods using a brick oven, tin baker, bake kettle and even ashes.

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Coopering (2 Day Class - October 27 & 28)

Register for October 27-28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Making a wooden bucket with no nails or glue is quite a trick. Using traditional tools and techniques each participant will make a pine bucket to take home. This class is a 2-day class.

Instructor:

Joel Halterman is one of our most experienced Coopers here at OSV. If you have attended our Craft Weekend and seen the barrel firing demonstration, you understand the quality of his work.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$60

ADVISORY:

Previous woodworking experience is strongly recommended.

Wild Edibles

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join instructor Ethan Choiniere on a guided tour of Old Sturbridge Village’s country lanes and hillsides in search of New England’s wild edible plants. Learn basic identification and preparation.

Instructor:

The son of naturalists, Ethan Choiniere is a lifelong outdoorsman who furthered his training at the Maine Primitive Skills School. He has taught survival skills for four years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Note:

The class is held outdoors so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Also, come prepared for a substantial amount of walking over a variety of different terrain.

Introduction to Lettercarving in Stone

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

letters carved in stoneStudents with an interest in lettering, stone carving and/or 18th-century gravestones will learn a bit of historical background about the craft as well as how to do it. With a mallet and chisel, students will try their hand at carving letters with techniques used by Roman masons and Colonial American farmers alike. Simple ornamentation will be addressed and, time permitting, attempted.

Instructor:

Jesse Marsolais’ work in letterpress printing and lettering in stone is informed by the traditional apprenticeships he was able to pursue in each craft, first under John Kristensen at Boston’s Firefly Press, then under Nicholas Benson at The John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island. The careful transmission of classical principles and processes enabled by the master/apprentice relationship is critical to the accurate preservation of traditional crafts. Having benefited immensely from this unique educational experience, he is eager to pay it forward.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Making a Hussif, Housewife, or Workpocket

Register for October 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hussifs or work pocketsUsing fabrics based on textiles used in the Old Sturbridge Village Collection, create an early 19th-century version of this beautiful and practical sewing kit that has been used for centuries. Some hand sewing experience is helpful.

Instructor:

Victoria Haynes is the Program and Exhibit Manager of the Freeman Farmhouse & Sewing Program here at OSV. She has a degree in illustration, art history, and art education from Montserrat College of Art.  Victoria’s talent and skill are beyond her young years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$5

October 28:

Wool Crazy Quilt

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Crazy quilts became popular in the 1800’s and are as much about embroidery and embellishments as it is about quilting itself. In this workshop, you will learn to piece together random pieces of wool cloth as they did in colonial times to repurpose materials into something useful. They were further embellished with decorative embroidery stitches and appliqued motifs. We will begin a square that could be finished into a pillow or framed as textile art. You will gain enough skills to make additional squares to create an heirloom quilt.

Bring along a pair of scissors and a kit will be supplied with wool fabrics, wool yarns to sew with and a square of muslin cloth with quilted backing.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Note:

Please bring a pair of scissors. A kit with all other necessary materials will be supplied.

Make a Tool Chest

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tool ChestBuild a traditional tool chest for hand tools in this full-day course.  Students will learn more about nineteenth-century woodworking techniques while making a chest to house a basic set of tools.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$75

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Introduction to Basket Making

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A woman weaves a basketLearn to weave your own 19th-century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor:

Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years.  She volunteers and interprets this craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

Taste of the Season: Cooking with Apples

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Enjoy baking on the Hearth using various cooking techniques. We will use authentic early 19th century receipts, which you can sample and actually duplicate in a modern kitchen.

Instructor:

Ryan Beckman is the Program and Exhibit Manager of Historic Foodways and the Hearthside Bounty program here at OSV. Her passion and specialty are historic foodways – the history and science behind these kitchen traditions.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Piecing and Quilting

Register for October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Practice different piecing techniques- paper or template, 9-patch and applique. Layer, baste and begin quilting a mini “whole-cloth” quilt (suitable for a table mat or doll’s quilt). Historical background included.

Instructor:

Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years.  She specializes in household crafts and foodways.  Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$5 (for tools)

Note:

Participants can either bring their own cloth or purchase it from our gift shop on the day of the class.

November 24:

Woolen Christmas Ornaments and Garlands

Register for November 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Woolen Xmas ornamentLearn to recycle worn or unused wool cloth into heirlooms with simple sewn stitches. By adapting techniques from the early 1800’s learn to center shirr wool garlands, with rolled wool beads and sewn wool flowers. We will also make whimsical woolen sheep and lovely woolen ornaments decorated with ribbons and beads to create memory pieces for your tree. Just bring along a pair of scissors, and a kit of needles, threads, cut wool fabric, and objects for embellishments.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Note:

Please bring a pair of scissors. A kit with other necessary materials will be provided.

Make a 6-Board Chest (2-day class - November 24 & 25)

Register for November 24-25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A finished 6 board chestMake a six-board chest in this two-day class.  Students in this course will explore tools and techniques used in traditional furniture making, discover period furnishings from the museum collection, and build their own six-board chest typical of those found in early New England households.

Instructor:

Christopher Nassise is a furniture maker and green woodworker.  He builds handcrafted furniture and teaches woodworking classes throughout the year at his studio, The Green Woodshop, in North Easton, Massachusetts.  Chris is a graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.

Fee:

$205 members; $255 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$75

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for November 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

A “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Basic Blacksmithing

Register for November 24 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Learning basic blacksmithing techniquesLearn about the shaping of iron and steel with fire and hammer! Students learn the basic techniques and operations of Blacksmithing by fashioning hooks and nails.

Instructor:

4/28 Class: Ethan Choiniere is the lead blacksmith for OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

11/24 Class: Zachary Martin is one of our talented historical interpreters that works in OSV’s Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Bread Making

Register for November 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn how to make hearth-baked bread and an early 19th-century cheese spread.

Instructor:

Ryan Beckman is the Program and Exhibit Manager of Historic Foodways and the Hearthside Bounty program here at OSV. Her passion and specialty are historic foodways – the history and science behind these kitchen traditions.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Punch a Tin Lantern (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT.

Punch your own tin lantern in this half-day class, running from 9:00 am to noon!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Participants should wear comfortable work clothes that they do not mind ruining.

 

Making a Magnolia Wreath

Register for November 24 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Magnolia WreathDeck the halls with a custom wreath made with fresh-cut, magnolia branches. Join local floral designer, Mary Ellen Fairbanks of Cameron & Fairbanks for a morning of creativity, while creating a gorgeous, holiday wreath. Mary Ellen will guide you through the process of planning, cutting, tying and building your wreath with a finished diameter of 22”. You’ll go home with a beautiful decor piece that’s ready to adorn your door, fireplace, or would make an incredible hostess gift, lasting outdoors well into the early summer months.

Instructor:

Mary Ellen Fairbanks, owner/designer of Cameron & Fairbanks floral design, Brimfield, artisanal flowers, specializing in dahlias for weddings and small events.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Note:

Please bring your own scissors and hand pruners.

November 25:

Hooked!

Register for November 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pulling fibers through a woven foundation to create a utilitarian rug. We will learn two different techniques using a simple hook. We will start a simple primitive piece pulling half inch wool fabric through a canvas to make a simple pictorial piece of historic flowers, leaves, and vines. This will make hooked loops of fabric on your surface.  Besides rug hooking, we will learn Tambour which pulls fibers through the canvas but lays down your stitch on the surface as a chain of loops through another loop to make our vines. Other stitches will be demonstrated that could be used in your piece to vary your textures. Just bring along a pair of scissors and a kit of a hook, cut wool fabric and yarns and a foundation and a hoop will be provided.

Instructor:

Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$20

Note:

Please bring along a pair of scissors. A kit with other necessary materials will be provided.

Decorative Floorcloths

Register for November 25 from 9:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Decorative Floorcloth close upA “floorcloth” is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24” x 36” floorcloth.

Instructor:

Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, RI, a National Register House.  She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum.  A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$50 payable directly to the instructor on the day of the class

Introduction to Basket Making

Register for November 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A woman weaves a basketLearn to weave your own 19th-century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor:

Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years.  She volunteers and interprets this craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$25

Poultry Harvesting

Register for November 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Learn to harvest a chicken from plucking to cleaning and a bit about 19th-century butchering in the process. Each participant will bring home a chicken ready to cook for the holiday season, by the end of the class.

Instructor:

Victoria Haynes is the Program and Exhibit Manager of the Freeman Farmhouse & Sewing Program here at OSV. She has a degree in illustration, art history, and art education from Montserrat College of Art.  Victoria’s talent and skill are beyond her young years.

Fee:

Members: $55; Non-members: $70

Materials:

$10

Forge a Cooking Trivet

Register for November 25 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

A hand-made cooking trivetTrivets were an essential part of Village period cookware and came in many forms. In this class, participants will have a chance to make their own trivet. This project is an exercise in welding, riveting, punching, and general forging techniques. PREVIOUS BLACKSMITHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Instructor:

Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Men’s Crafts here at OSV and has been practicing traditional methods of blacksmithing since 2001.

Fee:

$105 members; $130 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining. Previous blacksmithing experience is required.

Punch a Tin Lantern

Sorry, this class is SOLD OUT.

Punch your own tin lantern in this half-day class, running from 9:00 am to noon!  You do the hard work, and your instructor will assemble the pieces to make sure it comes out the way you want it.

Instructor:

Rich Eckert is the Program and Exhibit Lead for the Tin Shop here at OSV, with years of experience in various forms of metalwork.

Fee:

$55 members; $70 nonmembers

Materials Fee:

$15

Advisory:

Participants should wear comfortable work clothes that they do not mind ruining.