Come join the fun of learning and exploring the crafts of our
pioneer ancestors. You will be guided by our friendly, experienced
and capable instructors. Because our class sizes are limited,
it is wise to register early to ensure your place.
Please sign up at least three weeks prior to the date of the workshop so that
your teacher will have adequate time to prepare materials for you.
Late registrations are sometimes possible, but please contact us to see if space is still available.
To sign up, please download the registration form .
For more information contact our registrar, Eve Herrington,
by email at infohttm.org, or send your inquiry to:
Home Textile Tool Museum
P.O. Box 153
Rome, PA 18837
June 10, Monday. Blue Berry Basket. Melodie Gum. This round basket is built on a Nantucket wooden base with attached handle. Measures 8” diameter by 6” high. Choose smoked, navy, red, green, or natural when registering.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials:$35. Class size: Min 4 Max 8
July 15, Monday. Housewife. Pam Mawhiney--Wood. Make a roll for holding sewing and small textile related tools. View historical documents and pictures and learn about the “housewife,” a utilitarian textile used by women, men, and children. The housewife will be hand sewn from a choice of materials supplied by the teacher. Students bring thimble, scissors, notebook. Kit includes period reproduction or vintage fabric, thread, needles, embroidery thread.
10:00 a.m. to 4;00 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials: $15. Class Size: Min 4 Max 6.
July 22, Monday. Felt Hat or Scarf. Denise Tarbox. Make a broad brim or cloche hat or choose a Nuno or Cobweb scarf. Wool roving of your choice provided by Instructor.
10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Fee: $55. Materials: Scarf, $15, Hat, $20. Class size: Min 4 Max 8
July 26, Friday. Combined Cheese Making 1 and 2. Laryssa Zahajkewicz. Beginners learn basic cheese making from an eighteenth-century recipe using raw or store bought milk. Then take this skill a step further to make a hard cheese.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee: $45. Kit: $30 Class size: Min 4 Max 8
August 5, Monday. Gathering Basket. Melodie Gum. This basket has not been offered since 2008. It is shallow and good for harvesting.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials: $15. Class Size: Min 4 Max 8.
August 9, Friday. Ladies Pocket. Pam Mawhiney--Wood. Learn about the history of pockets through pictures from many ethnic backgrounds. Students will choose a style and hand sew a pocket. Period reproduction materials supplied. Students bring thimble, scissors notebook & pen.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials: $15. Class Size: Min 4, Max 8.
August 12, Monday. Felt Hat or Scarf, your choice. Denise Tarbox. Make a Broad-brimmed, cloche or beret hat, or choose a Nuno or cobweb scarf, all from wool roving.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Fee: $55 Materials: Hat, $20. Scarf, $15. Class Size: Min 4 Max 8.
August 16, Friday. Advanced Cheese Making. Laryssa Zahajkewicz. This class will teach cheeses such as Swiss or Cheddar. Prior experience required as a foundation for this class. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials: Basic Kit $30 or Cheese Cloth $6, Book $17. Class Size: Min 4 Max 8
August 21,22,23, Weds, Thrus, Friday. First Steps in Bobbin Lace. Pat Hilts. Participants will learn how to make the fundamental “stitches” of bobbin lace.
Each stitch will be taught by making a small bookmark. A basic kit, including pins, a simple pillow, and improvised bobbins will be available. Those who have pillows and bobbins are encouraged to bring them. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fee $140. Optional kit $20. Class size: Min 4 Max 6.
August 30, Friday. Vegan Soap Making. Laryssa Zahajkewycz. Make soap by combining 3 to 4 Vegetable oils. Choose a favorite scent. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $45. Materials: $15 Scents: $3 to $4 an ounce, extra. Class size: Min. 4 Max. 8.
Melodie Gum is a recognized regional Pennsylvania fiber artist, professional basketmaker and teacher with degrees in studio art and art history. She volunteers at HTTM and has taught many workshops at the museum.
Pat Hilts Is a well-known textile historian and has demonstrated bobbin lace at HTTM for many years. She likes to make lace from her handspun yarn.
Pam Mawhiney-Wood does a wide variety of textile crafts. She is an expert flax spinner, who apprenticed with Bill Ralph, founder of HTTM.
Denise Tarbox specializes in designing felt hats and felted objects and teaches felting workshops.
Laryssa Zahajkwycz is a soap-maker and cheese- maker, who has given many workshops at HTTM.
Victor Hilts is a retired university professor, who is interested in spinning wheels. His wife, Patricia, is a textile historian. Together they have published several articles on early spinning and wheel makers.
Tom Knisely is nationally noted for teaching a broad range of weaving classes at the Mannings
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