Farmers' Museum

Americana Academy Workshop: Tin Ornament Making

Americana Academy Workshop: Tin Ornament Making
Saturday, November 5 • 1:00 pm            

Start early in the holiday spirit by learning to make your own traditional tin plate ornaments to decorate your home or hang on your tree! Choose from a variety of designs including star, angel, Christmas tree and more! Traditional tools will be used to cut, shape, and stamp the metal. These unique ornaments will shine festively in your own home, or make great gifts!

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Field Blacksmith Shop

Americana Academy Workshop: Food Preservation

Americana Academy Workshop: Food Preservation
Wednesday, September 28 • 3:00-5:00 pm

Discover all the techniques that have been used for centuries to make crops last over the winter! Learn which foods are best for drying, fermenting, pickling or canning, using the harvest from our farm. You’ll be surprised how long foods can be kept, even without refrigeration! A great way to improve sustainability and self-sufficiency, this course also builds awareness of where our foods come from and how not to waste them.

Duration: 2 hours

Americana Academy Workshop: Intermediate Knitting

Americana Academy Workshop: Intermediate Knitting
Sunday, September 25 • 2:00-5:00 pm

Take your knitting skills to the next level and learn how to make a fitted garment by creating a hat. Learn intermediate techniques such as the purl stitch, ribbing, decreases, and finishing, as well as reading patterns. You will cover all the steps during the course so you can take your project home to complete it and repeat it with your family. You can also bring your own project for trouble-shooting!

Duration: 3 hours

Americana Academy Workshop: Bandboxes

Americana Academy Workshop: Bandboxes
Saturday, June 25 • 1:00-5:00 pm              

Learn how to make one of our beautiful bandboxes – they are handy and decorative anywhere in the house! Our boxes are hand-stitched, and are adorned with hand-printed wallpaper and newspaper. Learn the best way to cut the patterns to minimize scrap, how to stitch for durability, and choose your own motif to decorate your take-home box.

Duration: 4 hours

Location: More House kitchen

Americana Academy Workshop: Crochet Lacemaking

Americana Academy Workshop: Crochet Lacemaking
Saturday, August 6 • 1:00 pm
          
Discover the centuries-old technique of crochet (meaning “hook” in French) and how this easy yet versatile craft is used to make a variety of garments and decorations. Learn the three basic stitches and chains, how to combine them into different patterns to create various laces, edgings and doilies, understand how to read a pattern, and make a simple lace edging or small doily to take home.

Americana Academy Workshop: Holiday Cards

Americana Academy Workshop: Holiday Cards
Saturday, November 19 • 10:00 am–2:00 pm

Delight your family and friends by sending them a unique hand-made holiday card! Choose from our collection of type, ornaments and illustrations to create your own text and design, learn how to set it by hand and lock it in a chase before taking it to our 1862 Liberty Press to print.  

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Middlefield Printing Office

Americana Academy Workshop: Paper Marbling

Americana Academy Workshop: Paper Marbling
Saturday, October 1 • 10:00 am

Learn how to make fancy and colorful scrapbook pages, book covers, binders, cards or decorative paper using this ancient technique! You will select your paints, prepare your marbling bath, decorate several sheets of paper, and learn how to replicate the process at home; the possibilities are endless, and each design is unique!

Duration: 1 day (with lunch break)

Location: Creamery Classroom

Workshop: Fragrant Waters and Essences

Workshop: Fragrant Waters and Essences
Saturday, November 4 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm 

Discover how to make your own essences and fragrant waters like at Dr. Thrall’s pharmacy! Infuse lavender, rose, vanilla, lemon and many more to flavor your desserts – these home-made extracts make great gifts, too! You will make your own fragrant waters to take home, learn the various techniques required for different plants, and the possible uses for your essences.

Location: Creamery Classroom

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