A costumed historian sewing in the small house

Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Sunday, August 18, 2019

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership. SAVE $2.50 per Adult, Senior, or Youth standard daytime admission ticket by purchasing your tickets online instead of at the door! Cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles.

Please join us on August 17th & 18th for Useful Employment: Textiles and Other Home Manufactures. See Costumed Historians demonstrating spinning, dyeing woolen yarn, weaving, knitting, sewing, straw braiding, and sewing shoe uppers.  Discuss with them how these hand skills allowed families to use spare time at home to earn extra money.  Try your hand at working a mitten or help to knit scarves for soldiers. Join a tour to make connections between each of these skills and how they were part of the economy of a rural New England Village.

In the afternoon, nationally recognized quilt maker, lecturer, and quilt judge Hollice Turnbow will demonstrate how hand sewing in the household could be used to recycle fabric from clothing into quilts.

See schedule for Saturday, August 17

See schedule for Sunday, August 18