Textiles

  • Introduction to crochetSaturday 29th September 2018
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-12noon The course Join a short relaxed session to learn some basic crochet stitches. The tutor Rose Savage trained as a teacher and worked for some time, until her family began to arrive, teaching 7 to 8 year olds. Once the... (more info)
  • Learn to braidSaturday 2 June 2018
    11am-1pm The course Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group. The tutor Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and... (more info)
  • Learn to braidSaturday 2 June 2018
    2pm-4pm The course Braiding has long adorned clothing and other belongings. This is a chance to be shown some simple braiding techniques and to try them out in a small group. The tutor Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the museum, where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and... (more info)
  • Natural dyesFriday 8 June 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 10am-4pm The course An interactive day using plants from the museum site to dye locally sourced wool. Including a walk around some of the museum’s historic gardens to find out about how to grow, gather and dye using plants. The tutor... (more info)
  • Flax to linenSaturday 16 June 2018
    10am – 4pm The course Learn the process of how our ancestors changed the flax plant into linen fabric. For millennia this basic but vital plant clothed us and became our second skin; come and be a traditional ‘scutcher’ or ‘breaker’ for the day and change this course fibre into a piece of linen string.... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course An opportunity to learn how to do traditional quilting and create a useful hanging pocket. In the 18th century every woman would have worn a pair of these under her skirts. The tutor Charlotte Dawber trained as a teacher of dress and textiles, specialising in embroidered and printed textiles and theatrical costume, and is a qualified... (more info)
  • Dorset buttonsSunday 9 September 2018
    10am-4pm The course You will make two different types of Dorset button brooch, a Dorset Posy brooch and an Autumn Beech Tree brooch. In the afternoon you will design your own brooch. You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from their beginnings in the 1600s, the growth of button making in the 1700s,... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A brief practical history of knitting in Britain, looking at the products, techniques, and social history of knitting and knitters from the 16th to the 20th century. We shall be learning to ‘knit in the round’ and to use a knitting sheath, and trying out a number of different techniques. Pictures, samples... (more info)
  • Stumpwork: ButterfliesSaturday 13 October 2018
    FULL
    To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected] 9.30am-4pm The course Make a stunning three-dimensional butterfly, using wire-work techniques together with organza fabrics and metallic threads to create delicately patterned wings. Learn to combine traditional stumpwork techniques with modern use of materials and methods. The tutor Caroline Vincent is... (more info)