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Weekend Workshops


Starting this winter, The Weaver's Croft will be offering hands-on workshops devoted to specific topics relevant to the weaving, spinning, dyeing, sewing, basket making and historic research.

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Distaff Spinning


taught by Rebecca Ranta

Long before the invention of the spinning wheel and modern "drop" spindle, our ancestors spun both wool and flax with a distaff and hand spindle. Students will learn about the history of the distaff and hand spindle and then get an introduction to the use of this tool  


February 17, 2024 9 am - 12 pm

June 15, 2024   9 am - 12 pm

August 24, 2024   9 am - 12 pm

Cost$75 materials icluded

Handsewing - Stitches and Techniques 

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taught by Rebecca Ranta

Learn the basic stitches and techniques to construct textile objects by hand.

Date:  June 22, 2024   9 am - 5 pm with a break for lunch

Cost$150 materials icluded

Reproducing Historic Textiles 

taught by Kate Smith

This weekend workshop will focus on what goes into the reproduction of historic textiles.  Students may bring the piece that they wish to replicate of take inspiration from the pieces that we have from the collection of Tremblay/McGovern. We will discuss approrpriate yarns, weave structure, etc.  Students may then choose to weave their piece at home or come to one of the alumni retreats and weave it under supervision.

Date:  February 24 - 25, 2024   9am - 5pm with a break for lunch on Saturday and 9am - noon on Sunday

Cost$300 materials included

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