Workshops

13120011_10153686036793348_6898487915151123623_oDiscover 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.

All workshops take place at Mabee Farm Historic Site. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please email director@schenectadyhistorical.org.

 

 

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

An Introduction to the Tarot
Monday, October 30 • 7PM • $50
@ The Brouwer House (14 N Church St)

Embrace the esoteric this Halloween and join us inside one of Schenectady’s oldest homes as instructor Jeannie Thomma introduces us to the Tarot. We’ll discuss the history of Tarot, try a few introductory Tarot exercises and discover how the ancient cards can inspire self-reflection.

About the Instructor: Jeannie Thomma, a teacher for more than two decades, is known for her ability to re-awaken the spark that lives in the soul of each of her students. Whether through her meditation classes, intuitive tarot readings, or art workshops, Jeannie gently re-connects students to their own deep wisdom and joy.

 

Beaded Wall Basket
Saturday, October 28 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$85 + $35 materials fee*

This basket has great appeal! From the contrast of the flat reed to the rough sea grass, and the sloping front with large handmade beads, there’s so much going on!  Hang this beauty on your front porch for mail, in your bathroom for hand towels….well, you get the idea! Finished size is 3″ x 10″ x 12″ tall.

 

 

Heart Basket
Saturday, November 4 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$85 + $25 materials fee*

A sweet, cleverly woven basket that can be finished with a wrapped reed handle or a pop of color with a length of sturdy Shaker Tape. Students will be able to play with color and pattern to personalize their own basket. Here just in time to decorate your door for the holidays!

 

 

Double Shuttle Basket
Saturdays, November 11 and 18 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$170 + $45 materials fee*

This interesting multi-level basket traces its roots to early America. Originally designed for holding shuttles for the loom weaving trade, some were woven with additional “pockets” attached to the main baskets. Students will have an opportunity to add dyed reed for patterning or finish simply with wood stain. Note that this is a two-day workshop. Finished size: 11″ x 4.5″ x 19.5″ plus handle.

*For all basketweaving workshops, please be sure to bring the following with you: a bath towel, a wash cloth, a sheetrock knife, a tape measure, a basin for water, and a bag lunch.

Wearable Works of ART: Hand-Felted Wool Scarves
Saturday, February 10 • 9AM to 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!

This workshop is open to all. Previous felting not required. The instructor will provide all wool and a tool starter kit.

Hand-Felted Wool Purse
Saturday, March 10 • 9AM to 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.

This workshop is open to all. Previous felting not required. The instructor will provide all wool and a tool starter kit.

 

** 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.

 


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