Workshops at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

The Shakers are among the best-known craftspeople in American history; our legacy includes fine examples of woodworking, textile arts, basket making, metal work, music, gardening, cooking, and more. Today, we, the Sabbathday Lake Shakers, America’s only active Shaker Community, are the stewards of this heritage. We gladly welcome visitors to Shaker Village to experience our traditions.

We are pleased to feature Shaker-inspired workshops by some of Maine’s best-known instructors and artists. On at least one Saturday each month we have combined multiple workshops and other events in order to satisfy the interests & curiosity of your family and friends. Make a day of it! Our full workshop listing will be posted here as they become available.

Pre-registration is required for all workshop classes. Register online, by phone (207) 926-4597, or by mail.

Please read workshop descriptions carefully. Some classes have special requirements for participants. Class size is limited; register early to avoid disappointment. Full payment is due at time of registration. Registration is accepted in the order in which payment is received by our office. Confirmation of enrollment will be sent by email only. In the event of participant cancellation, the amount of any request for refund will be dependent upon timing of participant cancellation and any expenses incurred by the museum at the time of cancellation. If a workshop is cancelled by the Shaker Museum, participants will receive immediate notification and full refund.

Rug Hooking Workshop: Woolly Sheep Pillow by Parris House Wool Works at Shaker Village
Rug Hooking Workshop: Woolly Sheep
2-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 10 & Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9am–4pm each day Sister Eliza Jeffers (1868-1955) produced a number of hooked rugs at the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Villages. Join Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works for two Saturdays of learning this heritage North American craft. Participants will hook an 8" x 8" design inspired by the Shakers' sheep! This can then be finished as a table mat or wall hanging, or a scented buckwheat or stuffed pillow - your choice! All materials are included (including Shaker wool and curly local wool fiber) and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the duration of the class or to purchase at the end. Please bring a small pair of scissors - embroidery scissors are perfect. Workshop is suited for beginner and intermediate levels.  Class size: 10. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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