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Historic RittenhouseTown now offers a series of 18th and 19th century domestic arts workshops. Join resident artists and historic interpreters to learn quilting, open-hearth cooking, spinning, Scherenschnitte (Pennsylvania German paper cutting) and Fraktur (Pennsylvania German Painted Design). Registration closes the Wednesday before each workshop. Late registrants are accepted at the discretion of the instructor.
Beginner Spinning with a Drop Spindle
Date and Time: May 13th, 10AM-2:30PM
Registration Fee: $55. Includes a $5 fee for materials.
Spindle Fee: $25 payable to the instructor at the class or you may bring your own.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 10th
Class size: Up to 8
Age Requirement: Adults Only
Participants should bring: Notebook, pen, camera (if desired), and lunch.
Participants will learn the centuries old craft of spinning wool yarn with a drop spindle. The workshop will be led by textile artist Ruth Konrad who was given her first sheep in the early 1980’s and taught herself to spin, knit and weave. Ruth takes special joy in teaching others to spin and to enter the creative world of fiber arts. Workshop participants will start at the very beginning of the spinning process and learn about the characteristics of wool and their effect on the final product. Ruth will teach techniques for spinning and share parallels to wheel spinning. Students will have time for one-on-one help periodically throughout the class.
Scherenschnitte: PA German Decorative Paper-Cutting
Date and Time: June 10th, 1PM-4PM.
This is a ‘drop-in’ class. All guests must complete their projects by 4PM. Please do your best to arrive no less than 45 minutes before the end of the class.
Registration Deadline: N/A. Registration is not required
Age Requirement: Suitable for all ages.
Try your hand at Scherenschnitte with artist Ruth Konrad. Both adults and children will enjoy this traditional craft practiced in the 18th and 19th century by Pennsylvania German residents. View elaborately cut pieces and choose a design to snip and take home. Designs available for many ages/skills. It’s so much more than just snowflakes & paper dolls! This workshop is part of Historic Germantown’s Second Saturday Series. Visit freedomsbackyard.com for additional activities.
Intro to Fraktur—PA German Painted Designs
Date and Time: June 17th, 10AM-2PM
Registration Fee: $50. Includes a $5 fee for materials.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 14th
Class size: Up to 10
Age Requirement: Adults Only
Attire: Wear old clothes. We will be working with watercolor paints and India ink
Participants should bring: A plastic water container (small pint jar or plastic container), two plastic container lids (4-6” diameter preferably) and lunch.
Chances are if you have visited museums throughout Montgomery and Philadelphia counties you have come across wonderful examples of the decorative art of the Pennsylvania Germans known as ‘Fraktur’. Thought to be named after the broken script of the old German language, Fraktur has evolved into a fine, creative art of it’s own. We now use the name to describe not only the decorated written documents, but also the inked and painted designs themselves. Come learn a little about Fraktur and try your hand at creating and painting your own designs, or finish one that’s already sketched. You don’t need artistic skill to make a great piece of art in this class!
Past Workshops: 2017
Intro to Quilting: March 18
Intro to Open Hearth Cooking: April 1