Interested in historical textiles? Check out these classes scheduled for 2022! Pre-registration is required for all classes and registration closes one week prior to the event.

Yarn Sewing | October 22, 2022 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Register for class on October 22, 2022 here

Begin to stitch a yarn-sewn piece suitable for a footstool cover, table mat, or doll house rug. This practical and decorative technique was commonly used in the 18th and 19th centuries to make hearthrugs, coverlets and mittens. All materials are provided. Beginners are welcome. Meets in the Museum Education Building at Old Sturbridge Village


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.


$115.50 for members; $140.50 for non-members
Plus $15 materials fee

Care of Textiles | November 19, 2022 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register for class on November 19, 2022 here

Gowns from the OSV CollectionThe focus of this workshop will be basic storage principles for antique textiles (both flat and three-dimensional).  Participants will learn about how OSV stores its textile collections, some of the advantages and disadvantages to various storage techniques, and storage material options, and some display practices.  We will practice with some objects like quilts and gowns, and will discuss making small mounts and forms.  Participants will have the opportunity to make their own padded hangers during the class. This class meets in the Visitor Center at Old Sturbridge Village. Please bring your own wooden hangers.


Rebecca Beall is Collections Manager & Curator of Textiles at Old Sturbridge Village


$60.50 for members; $75.50 for non-members
Plus $10 materials fee

Sewing Cloaks and Capes | November 19-20, 2022 (2-Day Class) | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Register for class on November 19-20, 2022 here

Students in this two-day class will pattern, cut, and sew their own wool cloak, using 1830s tailoring manuals and examples from the OSV collection as teaching tools. Made from dense wool, these essential winter garments are styled for both men or women and are just as fashionable today as they were in the 19th century. Prior sewing knowledge or skills are not necessary but must have some fine motor control with a needle & thread and the ability to use scissors. Students will need to supply their own materials (See below for list). See below for details. This class meets in the Visitor Center.


Carrie Midura is the Coordinator Historical Clothing at OSV and has been researching and reproducing historic costumes since 1992, with a primary focus on 18th- and early 19th-century methods and styles since 1999. She places a great deal of importance on period construction techniques and close attention to detail. On and off the clock, she is passionate about sewing clothing to help costumed individuals share stories based on local history while teaching others to do the same.


$225.50 for members; $275.50 for non-members

Important Information:

Students must provide their own materials:

  • 3.5 yards of midweight or heavyweight wool, approximately 60” wide
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tailor’s chalk or chalk marking pencil
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