Discover the crafts and culture of Upstate New York through hands-on workshops. Master a historic trade, make new friends, and take home your own handmade craft. Unless noted, workshops take place at Mabee Farm Historic Site. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Now for Upcoming Workshops:
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1pm @ 14 N Church St • $25
Schenectady’s first settlers were no strangers to hard-drinking. Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll make — and sample — a variety of tasty colonial libations. 21+ only.
Wearable Works of ART: Hand-Felted Wool Scarves
Saturday, February 10, 9am-3pm @ Mabee Farm Historic Site • $85 + $40 materials fee** (payable to instructor, day of workshop)
Set your imagination free in this one-day felting workshop guaranteed to chase your winter blues away! Designing a playful hand-felted wool scarf will get your creative juices firing on all levels. We’ll dive into a beautiful array of colors to create wildly textured wearable works of art that are dripping with personal symbolism. A variety of wet felting techniques will be explored throughout the day. Students can expect to complete at least one scarf…maybe more! Instructor Jeannie Thomma.
Workshop: Stained Glass Candle Holder
Saturday, Feb. 24, 9am-1pm @ Mabee Farm • $75 + $15 materials fee
Create a beautiful stained glass candle holder, learning basic stained glass techniques and gaining a new appreciation for the art form. Instructor Theresa Faul.
Hand-Felted Wool Purse
Saturday, March 10, 9am-3pm @ Mabee Farm Historic Site • $85 + $40 materials fee** (payable to instructor, day of workshop)
In this one-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the ancient, alchemical
craft of felting wool. We’ll dive right into the joyful process of creating felted wool purses that blur the line between utility and wearable works of art. Spontaneity and playfulness will be encouraged as we experiment with a variety of surface embellishment techniques. Prepare to be delightfully surprised, as we mix unexpected materials and color combinations into our works of art to yield magically beautiful textures! Participants can expect to complete at least one wild and wooly felted purse. Instructor Jeannie Thomma.
Workshop: Stained Glass Panel
Saturday, March 17, 9am-5pm @ Mabee Farm • $100 + $20 materials fee
Create a glimmering stained glass panel to catch and reflect light! Choose from four designs and learn how to cut glass, assemble, foil, and solder your panel (up to 8×10 inches). Instructor Theresa Faul.
** Necessary supplies for all felting classes include four bath towels, scissors, dish sponge, 1 large garbage bag (to bring home wet towels), and needle and thread. Optional: scraps of yarn (any kind, wool or other), sheer fabric scraps, old rayon/silk scarves beads, baubles, buttons.