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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!
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village. The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Scheduled dates for Nature’s Outdoor Classroom are: Saturday June 10, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday July 22, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday August 19, 2017: 10:30 am & 2pm Saturday September 16, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday October 7, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
Intermediate Knitting: Christmas Stocking Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10am–3pm Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach you how to knit a mini stocking. This workshop is for knitters that already know the basics of knitting and purling (or have taken the Beginner's Knitting workshop). Students will complete a miniature Christmas stocking and take home a pattern for a larger stocking. Learn to knit with multi-colors, use a bobbin, graph a pattern, and turn a heel. There is something magical about creating and executing your own design! Start a fun family tradition by creating unique Christmas stockings using Shaker wool yarns. Betsey will enthusiastically teach you about keeping traditional arts alive - learn a new skill and make some new friends! All materials will be supplied including bamboo knitting needles and Shaker wool yarn. Class size: 8 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!
Natural Dyes for Wool Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10am–3pm One of the earliest industries of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Sisters was textile production. The Sisters produced large numbers of wool blankets and other textiles with bold stripes and twill patterns created from natural dyes. Marty Elkin of A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm will take you through a full day of learning to dye with plants from her dyers’ garden as well as from plants you will gather from the Shakers’ gardens. Plants may include marigolds, onion skins, goldenrod, madder root, and indigo. You will leave with sample skeins of each color. Bring or purchase a 2-3 ounce skein of wool yarn to be dyed to take home for yourself or for a gift. Class size: 8. 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!
Shaker-Style Carrier Workshop
*Please note date change from previously published date* Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am–4pm From large cupboards to small boxes, the Shakers are known for their sense of design, attention to detail, and orderliness. Join internationally-known, master cabinetmaker Chris Becksvoort for this Shaker classic. Based on the original piece made by the Mount Lebanon Shakers around the year 1840, attendees will build a white pine Shaker carrier with center handle, four dovetailed corners and a quarter sawn bottom. This is a very useful carrier for tableware, mail and bills, or to organize small items around the house and shop. Knowledge of making a dovetail is required for this workshop. Materials will be provided. Please bring: pencil, ruler, marking gauge, knife, dovetail marker or T-bevel, square, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” & 3/4” chisel, mallet, dovetail saw and spokeshave. Class size: 8 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!
Embroidered Eco Prints Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am–4pm Every Shaker girl was taught a variety of types of hand stitching, skills which they mastered by the time they were young adults. Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you how to use five or six simple embroidery stitches to accent an eco print, turning it into a lovely souvenir of the Shaker Village’s plants. Images of plants from the Village’s fields and gardens will be captured on fabric through a process known as eco printing. Students will select from eco prints made by the teacher with plants from the Village, including maple, rose, and black walnut, or take the earlier workshop to make your own Eco-Print to embroider! Students will have the opportunity to stitch with a variety of threads, including silk, wool and cotton. All materials will be supplied. Class size: 8 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!
Season’s End Basket Workshop
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9am–4pm (Same day as our Harvest Festival-- when you take a break from the class, enjoy all the festivities!) For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. Create this beautiful patterned basket for your fall farmer's market visits! Pat will have color choices available at the workshop. Finished basket measures 8'' x 15'' base, 8'' high to top of basket and 14'' to top of the handle. All materials, tools, and supplies are included in the fee. Super for beginners and beyond. 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!
Hard Cider Brewing Workshop
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9am–4pm Making Your Own Hard Cider: Practice and Principles with Norumbega Cidery at Shaker Village Noah Fralich of Norumbega Cidery of New Gloucester will teach the basics of fruit selection, processing, equipment, microbiology, and the general craft of making hard cider. We will go through the entire process from fruit on the tree to juice in the glass that you will take home to tend, taste, and bottle come winter and spring! The class will visit the Shakers' apple orchard and apples for your hard cider will be supplied by the Shakers (Honey Crisps, Cortlands, and Macs). Spice it up with some Shaker herbs, if you're feeling adventurous! You are also welcome to bring your own apples if you want to brew from your own fruit. All materials, tools, and supplies are included and you will go home with a 1-gallon glass carboy filled with your brew, an airlock, and a hydrometer to keep so that you can continue home brewing! Noah is the owner and brewer of Norumbega Cidery, a hard cider company located in New Gloucester, Maine. He has been making hard cider both personally and commercially since completing his degree in Sustainable Economics/Agriculture. Perfect for those already homebrewing or those looking to start - All levels are welcome! Must be 21 years of age or over. Class size: 20. 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!