What better way to spend a lazy summer day than with a friend learning a new craft? In a matter of just a few hours, you’ll learn a new skill that you’ll have forever and make a one-of-a-kind handcrafted item you can take home with you to use or give as a gift!
Over four weekends in August, Har-Ber Village Museum on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees is offering a series of eight heritage craft and pioneer skill workshops.
Local artisans and crafters will instruct program participants in crocheting lace, dyeing and felting roving, beginning spinning and more.
In addition, Har-Ber Village staff will teach the pioneer skills of pickling and creating herbal teas.
Har-Ber Village Museum Brings the Past to Life with Eight Heritage Craft and Pioneer Skill Workshops In August
On August 1, Instructor Jonee Davis, will teach two sessions.
In the morning from 9:00am-noon, discover that making Lace is Not Just for Knitters. Lace can be knitted, woven and crocheted.
The history of crocheted lace, graphs and practice reading them, and selecting a pattern will all be covered.
Materials needed: yarn (pearl cotton, sock yarn, or a fingering weight yarn works great) and an appropriate hook.
The instructor will also bring a variety of yarn types and weights with which to experiment as well as an informational packet that will include patterns.
This class is for those who know how to crochet—level: advanced beginner or intermediate. Fee for the morning session is $40 or $35 for HBV members, limit 12.
Then in the afternoon, participants will have Fun with Roving and Dyes from 1:00-4:00pm. A class for the fun at heart!
Crochet a small bowl, hot pad, or anything you would like to with pencil roving. Then a simple dye technique will be used to experiment with color.
Students will be provided with roving, crochet hook, and materials for dyeing.
You need to know basic crochet stitches. Fee for the afternoon session is $45 or $40 for HBV members, limit 12.
On August 8, instructor Lisa Houck offers two sessions in needlework.
In the morning, Beginning Counted Cross Stitch is offered from 9:30-12:30. Fee is $30.
Counted Cross Stitch is the art of making a series of “x’s” on fabric with thread to form a pattern.
In this class you will learn the basics of reading a chart and creating the pattern on fabric. The class fee includes Aida fabric, floss, needle and instructions.
Then in the afternoon, you can Crochet an Edge with Thread from 1:30-3:30. Fee is $20.
Have you ever wanted to recreate the beautiful edging you have seen on pillows or towels? Then this is the class for you!
Learn how to put a basic repeating shell stitch on a kitchen towel. The class fee includes the towel, thread color of your choice, crochet hook and instructions
You’ll have a choice of two workshops on August 15 as well.
Instructor Joi Chupp will feature a Felted Bags Workshop from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is a beginning wet felting class.
Students will be taught the basics of wet felting that can be applied to many different types of items, and will make a simple bag that they can embellish to be a unique and useful bag.
Students will need to bring to class a large towel and either a 1″X24″ wooden dowel or pool noodle. The rest of the supplies are provided.
Fee is $55 or $50 for HBV members, limit 15.
Then Instructor Tim Field will present a Pickling Workshop, also from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Pickling was a common method our ancestors used to preserve the garden’s bounty for later use.
Vegetables such as cucumbers, onions, peppers and okra were pickled to provide variety on the table.
This workshop will acquaint participants with several simple processes used to make pickles from cucumbers including refrigerator and fermented pickles.
Another type of pickle we will learn to make is old-fashioned watermelon pickles made from watermelon rind.
Fee: $30 or $25 for Har-Ber Village member, limit 10.
Finally on August 29, learn Beginning Spinning from instructor Jeannie Wheatley, from 9am-4pm. The basics of spinning, carding and combing will be covered.
Bring your own wheel if possible. Fee is $40 or $45 for HBV members; limit 5.
OR learn the basics of Herbal Teas from 9:00 am to noon.
Tour the herb and tea gardens to learn about herbs used for teas and other beneficial uses.
Participants will learn how to harvest, dry and prepare herbs to be used for tea, and sample several teas made with the herbs. Fee: $15 or $10 for Har-Ber Village member, limit 10.
Class sizes are limited for each of these workshops, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your space!
Prepayment is required to reserve a space; discounts are available for Har-Ber Village members.
For a complete listing of the season’s workshop dates, times, descriptions and fees, visit the Har-Ber Village website calendar of events page har-bervillage.com/events or like us on Facebook.