National Museum of the American Coverlet
322 S. Juliana St
Bedford, PA 15522

814-623-1588
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Dates for the 2019 textile classes have been announced.  See details below. Call the Museum, follow our Facebook page or add your name to our eNotes list (left hand column), and we will let you know as new classes are added.  As this program grows, we hope to include knitting, crochet and rug hooking as well as more advanced weaving, spinning and natural dyeing.  Requests?  Let us know!

For questions and reservations, call the Museum at 814.623.1588. 

Try Your Hand at Weaving Coverlet Patterns… for Beginners – (One Day)

This class is for anyone who wonders how looms work and how antique coverlet patterns were made.  Using cotton and wool, we will be weaving a series of overshot patterns, the pretty geometric patterns that were woven at home as bed coverings many years ago.  The class is round robin, so students will weave a sample from each loom.  The looms are all set up and ready to go when you arrive at class.  Your teacher will guide you through the process and let you go at your own speed.  Expect to make up to four pattern samples by the end of the day.

This is a great way to enjoy the geometric pattern coverlets at the Museum and gain insight into how they were made.  No weaving experience is required.  Expect to be challenged, but there will be lots of hands-on help when you need it.  Take home a bit of history and perhaps become interested in a new craft. 
Instructor:  Ann Jones.
Class size limited to 4
$68 Museum members/$75 non-members Plus $10 for materials
April 27 (Sat)
May 19 (Sun)
June 9 (Sun)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Beginning Weaving – (Three Days)

An introduction to weaving on a four shaft loom, this three day class will take you through two projects.  The first day is spent weaving a small project from beginning to completion.  The next two days are spent on a work sampler that is woven in squares, using perle cotton, each square showing a different color and weave combination.  It is a reference project that makes a beautiful table runner or wall hanging when done. 
Instructor:  Ann Jones.
$205 Museum members/$225 non-members Plus $25 for materials
November 12, 13, 14 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.