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Fall Workshops

Whet your appetite for a new craft with these introductory classes.  You'll learn the basics of popular crafts and Pennsylvania German art forms during afternoon, full-day or two-day sessions.  Materials are provided for most of the classes; any additional tools needed are listed in the class description.

Click on the individual dates for more information about the class.  Registration can be made by phone, e-mail, or online via Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticketing company.  Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express accepted for online payments.  Credit card orders will be charged an additional $0.99, plus a 3.5% credit card processing fee and all credit card orders will be processed through Brown Paper Tickets.  You will receive a confirmation from Brown Paper Tickets. Links to registration pages follow the class descriptions.

Invented around 1880 in Germany as a way to prevent further damage to the country's fir trees, feather trees are made with goose feathers, wire, tape, and wood. In this popular, fun, two-session class, you'll make a feather tree of your own--a perfect Victorian touch to your Christmas decorating.

  • Session 1: August 19, from 1PM-4PM
  • Session 2: August 26, from 1PM-4PM

Please note: bring wire cutters, tacky glue, and scissors or tinsnips. All other materials are included.

Cost: $50 per person for both sessions

Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Register for Victorian Feather Tree Workshop

Class by Janice Sonnen.

Braided rugs--a uniquely American craft--are an economical and environmentally friendly way to decorate your home. Take wool yarn and strips of fabric and, through a little planning and a lot of braiding, create a lovely and functional accent piece for your home. Learn the fundamentals of rug braiding and lacing the braids while making a round chair pad. Please bring scissors; everything else needed to complete the chair pad will be provided.

Optional: If you have Braid-Aids, Braid Klamp or Braidkin bring them along to class. Janice will bring some, too, and they will be available for purchase after the class.

Lunch is on your own. You may bring a bagged lunch or there are restaurants nearby.

Cost: $70.00

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register for Rug Braiding Workshop

Museum Store Class: During this one-day workshop, learn the basic techniques and the history of traditional rug hooking and several ways to finish a piece. You will also learn to transfer a design and how to prepare and cut wool strips. Pre-registration is required.

About the instructor:

Mary Lynne Naples has been hooking since 2001 when she retired from a 30-year teaching career. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. She enjoys demonstrating at local events, speaking about rug hooking for community groups, and teaching beginners. She is a member of the Woolwrights ATHA chapter and the Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild.

Cost: $100.00

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register for Rug Hooking class

This class will learn about graphics typically used by early PA German craftsmen and apply them to a miniature blanket chest.

Workshop instructor Jim King has a BA in art formq Goshen College, Goshen, IN. He began studying vinegar painting in the 1980's when he became inspired by grain painting antiques he was collecting. He purchased blanket chests in disrepair at auctions and flea markets and then restored them and applied vinegar painted surfaces. He had difficulty finding smaller chests and started having Old Order cabinetmakers copy his antiques, which he then grain painted using a variety of traditional techniques.

Cost: $85.00

Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register online for False Grain Painting

Learn to make adorable decorations with a needle, cushion, and some felt. Project will be two pumpkins--one, 4 inches tall and the other, 3 inches tall. All materials provided, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles.

Cost: $41.00

Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register online for Needle Felting

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, many households in Early America had a tape loom, for the making of the family tape. Because of its strength, these narrow bands of cloth had many functions, i.e., sachel straps and the tying of clothing. There were no zippers back then, so it was necessary for family members to have tape for drawstrings for the petticoats and garters for holding up one’s stockings (no elastic!), to mention a few tape needs.

There has been little documentation on the making of this hand loomed cloth, to date. Susan has spent several years researching the weaving of Early American tape, as well as the different styles of looms used in the weaving process. She will be discussing the undertaking of this project, working closely with a museum curator to document her extensive, 40-year collection of hand woven tape. A hand weaver for thirty years has given Susan a unique perspective in understanding the principles of this traditional weave structure.

Along with the Talk, she will also demonstrate tape weaving and be able to answer questions pertaining to these interesting, portable looms.

BIOGRAPHY: Susan Faulkner Weaver, of Lancaster, PA, has been hand weaving for 30 years. She began her weaving studies at The Mannings Handweaving School in East Berlin, PA. From there, she moved to Mexico to research Mexican-style tapestry weaving, at Instituto Allende. Living with her husband in Arizona, Susan continued her studies of different cultural tapestry structures. Upon returning to Lancaster, she began her PA German textile research while working at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, for 7 years in the Textile Barn. Giving textile tours to many groups of people, she was able to explore the variety of flax tools, spinning wheels, as well as the barn and tape looms on site. It was here that she became fascinated with the tape weaving process, leading to the writing of her book on hand woven tape.

Cost: $30.00

Hours: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online for "Handwoven Tape:  Ties that Bind"

The creators of Antique it Candles, Melanie and Mandy, will walk you through the world of essential oils used for relieving stress. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance. Make 4 products that will be focused on stress relief and relaxation, an aromatherapy Inhaler, Room Spray. Salt scrub and Hand Soap.

Cost: $65.00

Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register for "Essential Oils of Stress" workshop

Learn from celebrated Master Artisan Denise Wilz as you create a colorful plate of your own. This workshop will focus on the sgraffito technique used by area 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German potters to make expressive designs in their folk art pottery. Sgraffito means to “scratch” and workshop participants will draw and scratch a design of their choosing on a redware plate. Participants can choose a traditional Pennsylvania German design or create their own design! No prior experience required. The participants have the option to sgraffito molded 7” or 10” redware plates coated with white clay slip; limit of 3 plates as time permits. 

One 7 inch plate is included in your payment, additional plates are available from the instructor for an additional fee of $25 for a 7" plate or 35 for a 10 " plate. All the sgraffito tools and books for ideas are provided or bring your own. After the workshop, the plates will be glazed, fired and returned to the workshop site for participants to pick up in 4-6 weeks or shipped to participant for an additional cost. All materials are included. Wear clothing that can get dirty and/or bring an apron. Lunch is on your own; bring a bagged lunch.

Denise Wilz has been creating Pennsylvania Redware since 2002. She has a degree in Studio Art from Moravian College and was a computer programmer and craft hobbyist prior to embarking on a career as a potter. She is a Master Artisan in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and is the current president of its Lehigh Valley chapter. She has been included in the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life; her work was featured in the Christmas issues of 2006 and 2007. Her article on Pennsylvania Redware was published in the Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2008 issue and it has been included in three additional publications by the American Ceramic Society in 2008, 2015 and 2016. Website wilzpottery.com

Cost: $95.00

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register online for Sgraffito on a Redware Plate workshop

Learn to make angel, icicles and present box ornaments using tin with Landis Valley Tinsmith Beth Feaser. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring: hammer, ruler, ice pick or awl, old scissors or tin snips. All other materials are provided.

Beth Feaser, creator of the popular "Tin Lizzie" jewelry and ornaments at the Landis Valley Museum Store, has been practicing and teaching tinsmithing for decades at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. Visit the "Daily" page on the museum's website to find out when you can see her demonstrating her trade at the tin shop.

Cost: $40.00 per session

Hours: Noon to 4 p.m.

Register online for Tin Ornaments class

Folded paper stars are a beautiful decoration that can easily be adapted for any season. They can be hung from the Christmas tree, an ornament stand, or even from a chandelier--or they can be strung together to make a garland or attached in a circle to form a wreath. The possibilities are only as limited as the imagination!

The craft is easy to learn and inexpensive as well. Instructor Kenneth Brunning will show you how to bend and weave four strips of paper in such a way as to make a 3-dimensional 16-pointed star. Your craft can be used as-is or it can be decorated and then dipped in wax to increase its durability. Sign up with a friend and have fun learning this decorating technique together.

Cost: $25.00 per session

Hours: 1st session: 10 a.m. - Noon; 2nd session: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for "Paper Stars" class.

This class will walk you through twelve healing oils of the Bible, while simultaneously teaching you how essential oils effect the body and how to use them in your own spiritual healing.

In your Essential Oils of the Bible workshop kit, you will receive two essential oils to use in your product making.  The class will make four products that you will take home with you:  anointing oil rub, holiday room spray, meditating diffuser blend, and aromatherapy inhaler. Everyone in the class will also receive an anointing comfort essential oil candle and a print-out of Bible versus on healing.

Cost: $110.00

Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Folded paper stars are a beautiful decoration that can easily be adapted for any season. They can be hung from the Christmas tree, an ornament stand, or even from a chandelier--or they can be strung together to make a garland or attached in a circle to form a wreath. The possibilities are only as limited as the imagination!

The craft is easy to learn and inexpensive as well. Instructor Kenneth Brunning will show you how to bend and weave four strips of paper in such a way as to make a 3-dimensional 16-pointed star. Your craft can be used as-is or it can be decorated and then dipped in wax to increase its durability. Sign up with a friend and have fun learning this decorating technique together.

Cost: $25.00 per session

Hours: 1st session: 10 a.m. - Noon; 2nd session: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for "Paper Stars" class.

Folded paper stars are a beautiful decoration that can easily be adapted for any season. They can be hung from the Christmas tree, an ornament stand, or even from a chandelier--or they can be strung together to make a garland or attached in a circle to form a wreath. The possibilities are only as limited as the imagination!

The craft is easy to learn and inexpensive as well. Instructor Kenneth Brunning will show you how to bend and weave four strips of paper in such a way as to make a 3-dimensional 16-pointed star. Your craft can be used as-is or it can be decorated and then dipped in wax to increase its durability. Sign up with a friend and have fun learning this decorating technique together.

Cost: $25.00 per session

Hours: 1st session: 10 a.m. - Noon; 2nd session: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for "Paper Stars" class.