Traditional Craft Saturdays
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until September 16, 2017
Explore a variety of traditional crafts and learn more about their history, process, and use from experienced crafters.
September 2 – Quilting with the Billings Farm & Museum Staff. In celebration of the 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition, the staff will demonstrate the basics of hand quilting. Visitors are invited to try hand quilting, piecing, and designing a quilt.
September 9 – Sprang with Tiana St. James, Enfield, NH. Tiana will demonstrate the historic textile craft of sprang – an ancient method of constructing fabric that has a natural elasticity. The technique involves twisting the threads of a fixed warp in a method similar to braiding, creating a fabric which resembles knit lace. Visitors will be able to give it a try!
September 16 – American Handmade Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin, Warren, MA. Master Potter Rick Hamelin creates authentic reproductions and original red earthenware with his special clay mix and unique lead-free glaze. Rick will throw pottery on his wheel, offer hands-on show-and-tell for families, and engage folks in making connections to historic redware in New England, and beyond.
September 24 – The Farm & Museum will host the VT Woodworkers Forest Festival Weekend on Sept 23 & 24. The event will showcase the extraordinary talent of Vermont’s wood craftsmen and feature all aspects of the “forest to finished product.” Meet the artisans and shop for Made in Vermont wood products; enjoy hands-on, family-friendly programs and activities at the Billings Farm & Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – partners who are hosting the event. Local wood, Local good!