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Jazz Age Liberation in Fashion with Beth Marsh -
Sunday, June 9, 3 p.m.

Recent Connecticut College graduate Beth Marsh invites you to try and better understand what it would have been like to be a young college girl in the 1920s, by examining the clothes worn by the students of the time.

Ms. Marsh will show a collection of reproduction garments, the history of each piece, how they were made, and what it felt like to wear them.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Webster Cultural Council. Please register here.

Jazz Age Liberation in Fashion will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Samuel Slater Experience, 31 Ray Street, Webster. Visitors who also plan to tour the museum should arrive by 1 p.m.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Courses

May 18: Bronson Spot Lace Towels

Are you ready to take your weaving to the next level? This workshop will open up a whole new world of possibilities with your rigid heddle loom.

Spot lace is a fun pattern of alternating weft floats that will make wonderful towels. We will use two pick up sticks to create a weft-float pattern as you weave.

For this workshop, you will need to warp your loom before class. Contact Sharon if you need help warping your loom.

Materials:

  • 800 yards of DK weight cotton yarn (yarn weight symbol #3).
  • 600 yards of color A
  • 200 yards of color B.

Possible yarns include

  • Sugar and Cream
  • Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic
  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK

Equipment:

  • Pre-warped Loom
  • two stick shuttles (available on the day of workshop for $10)
  • two pick up sticks (available on the day of workshop for $10)
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • yarn

Warping your loom:

Warp your loom with color A

10 epi heddle

Warp length is 2.5 yards

On-loom width is 20 inches, a total of 200 warp threads (Contact Sharon for adjustments if your loom is less than 20” wide)

June 15: Crazy Shot Pillow

Weaving Crazy Shot is as fun as the name! This weave structure has a plain background with a decorative pattern “on top”. The background is woven with “tabby weft” and the design is created with the “pattern weft”.

In this workshop we will make a pillow cover using Crazy Shot to create a colorful design on a black background.

Materials:

  • Warp and tabby yarn
    • 700 yards of sport weight black yarn, 2-ply or more
    • Ultrawool is a good choice
    • Can be wool or cotton
  • Pattern weft yarn
    • 200 yards
    • worsted weight
    • Variegated with Long repeats of color (like a cake yarn)
    • Can be single ply and a little fluffy

Possible yarns: Hot Cakes by Plymouth, Worsted by Malabrigo

Equipment:

  • Pre-warped Loom
  • two stick shuttles (available on the day of workshop for $10)
  • pick up stick (available on the day of workshop for $10)
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • yarn

Warping your loom:

Warp your loom with the warp yarn

8 epi heddle (7.5 for Ashford looms)

Warp length is 55 inches

On-loom width is 16.5 inches, a total of 142 warp threads (Contact Sharon for adjustments if your loom is less than 20” wide)

31 Ray Street
Webster, MA 01570

Hours

Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Latest Admission is 3 p.m.

Average tour time: 1.5 hours

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