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

814-623-1588
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2017

Dates for the 2017 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
Dates:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 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
Dates:
Fri/Sat/Sun, March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017
Fri/Sat/Sun, June 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Sun/Mon/Tues, October 29, 30 & 31, 2017
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Intro to Spinning -- (One day)

Students will learn about the various types of fibers, how spinning works, how to prepare their own fibers, and how to spin using a drop spindle. Several types of spindles and spinning wheels will be available to try out. 
Instructor:  Mara Riley.
Class size limited to 5
$68 Museum members/$75 non-members
Plus $10 for materials
Dates: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Hours:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Intro to Tape Loom Weaving -- (One day)

A look at the history of tape weaving, weave structure, materials, patterns, different types of tape looms, and how tapes were used in 18th and 19th century textiles and clothing. 
Students will learn to measure out warp, warp the looms, and weave. Tape looms will be provided, but you can bring your own loom if you prefer. Looms will also be available to purchase at the end of class.
Instructor:  Mara Riley.
Class size limited to 5
$68 Museum members/$75 non-members
 Plus $10 for materials
Dates: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Hours:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Intro to Natural Dyes – (One day)

A look at the history of natural dyes, their use in textiles including coverlets, mordants and their effects on dye tones. Students will mordant wool and silk yarn and will dye with madder, cochineal, indigo, walnut crystals, and a yellow dye to be determined. 
Instructor:  Mara Riley.
Class size limited to 5 
$68 Museum members/$75 non-members  Plus $20 for materials

Dates: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Hours:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dyeing with Indigo/Shibori – (One day)

Indigo is one of the oldest dyes, used by various cultures throughout the world. We will look at the history of indigo and how the dye works (i.e. a reduced oxygen vat). Students will dye wool and silk and will try some simple shibori and space-dyeing technique. 
Instructor:  Mara Riley.
Class size limited to 5
$68 Museum members/$75 non-members
Plus $20 for materials
Dates: 
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Hours:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.