Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The March Hive
Sunday, March 2, 2014 -- 11am - 3:30pm

Minuteman Technical High School, Rte 2A Lexington, MA

Sponsored by the Lincoln Minutemen

11-12 The Buzz – Come and share a cup of coffee with friends and catch up before the season starts

12-12:20 – Goal for the Season – Documenting One Thing – Take a look at how others are taking on the challenge of documenting one item of their kit!

12:30– 1:30 Hair for Men & Women – Looking at the time period between 1765 – 1788, we’ll explore how hairdos evolved for both men and ladies

1:45 – 2:30 Creamware – Your hair can be perfect, your clothes divine, but your props? Not so much... Inaccurate accouterments can ruin the whole effect.  Sharon Burnston will be sharing her knowledge of creamware.  A closer look at the things used for serving and eating off of.

The Macaroni Courtship 1772
Lewis Walpole Library

 2:45 – 3:30 Breakout Sessions

Bring this Not That – Continue the discussion about ceramic ware.  Bring a piece and let the group help you decide if you should bring it or leave it home

Hair Tips – How do I make my hair look like the one in the portrait – Some tips and traps about wearing wigs.

Shoe Buckles – Didn’t get a chance to get those shoe buckles on last time?  Bring your shoes and get your buckles on once and for all!

Creamware Dishes

Minuteman Technical High School is located on 2A in Lexington, MA.  Use the main entrance, stay straight and follow the signs for Community Education and park at the West Entrance.  Signs inside will direct you to the Hive.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

February's Hive - Sunday Feb 9th - More on the Line-up

Museum of London

Accurate Stockings -- The holy grail!  Until someone finds a working stocking frame, figures out how to use it, and starts cranking out period style stockings, the perfect stocking will probably a remain a fantasy.

So given that perfect reproduction stocking will continue to elude us, what are our alternatives? Join us at The Hive this Sunday, February 9th for a panel discussion that will include stocking expert Carol Kocian (who actually has operated a stocking frame), "Fitting and Proper" author Sharon Burnston and knitting maven Colleen Humphreys.   They will show us examples of 18th century stockings and talk about how they were made as well as what makes for a decent repro stocking-- the good the bad and the ugly.  Following their presentation,  you can join them for a breakout session to continue the discussion.

Additional Breakout Session -- Attaching Your Shoe Buckle

For those of you who have been stumped as to how to get those buckles properly installed on your shoes, leather worker Steven Taskovics will teach you how.  Bring your shoes and buckles and get them on your shoes once and for all!

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February Hive - Sunday Feb 9th - Accessories

February Hive -- Sunday Feb 9th - Accessories!

Sponsored by His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot

11am - 12pm -- The Buzz -- Grab a cup of coffee and catch up with friends


12 pm - 12:30 pm  -- It's All in the Details (For men & women) - We'll take a closer look at accessories like neck clothes, hats, aprons and handkerchiefs.  Sometimes how you wear things is as important as what you actually wear.

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm -- Knapsacks and Gaiters -- Henry Cooke will discuss two rather ubiquitous accessories that we think we know, but don't often get right.

1:30 pm  - 2:30 pm --Stocking up! : Good, Better, Best  A panel discussion with Sharon Burnston, Carol Kocian & Colleen Humphreys.  Ok, so we don't have the perfect "best" stocking yet, but we do have repros that we can categorize as  "good" or "better".  And then there are some to just "walk away from"!

We'll look at some originals, discuss the characteristics of 18th century stockings and compare them against what is commercially available today.

Breakout Sessions 2:30 - 3:30

Stockings -- Continue the stocking discussion.  Bring you own stockings for review. Take a closer look at originals.

Sleeve Ruffles & Bosom Ruffles -- The GW Ball is coming up!  Perhaps you'd like to doll up your shirt or shift a bit with some ruffles.  Learn how to hem, gather and attach linen ruffles.  Not difficult to do, but there are a few tricks.  We will have kits available that will include fine linen, thread and instructions.  For Gentlemen - Bosom & Sleeve Ruffle for your shirft ($10), For Ladies Ruffle for your shift sleeve ($5).  If you'd prefer to use your own fine linen, bring it along.

Sewing Circle -- Stuck on a sewing project you are working on?  Just want to learn a few pointers?  Henry and Steph will answer your questions, and hopefully get you over that trouble spot that's preventing you from finishing up your latest project.

Shoe Buckles: Can't tell a lachet from a tine?  Are you baffled as to how to attach those buckles to your shoes? Bring your shoes and buckles and leather worker Steven Taskovics will help you attach those buckles!!!

Location: Minuteman Technical High School, Route 2A Lexington MA. Follow the signs for Community Education Parking and use the west entrance

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As always, Sunday's Hives are free of charge.  We'll have coffee and tea available.  Snacks to share are always welcome!