Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Hive -- Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Buzz at the Hive
10:30-12:00 -- Kit Tune Up -- Don't wait till the last minute to make sure your kit is in good shape for the season.  Take this time to reattach those buttons, fix blown out seams,  replace the collar on that shirt -- all those tasks that lots of us leave to the night before an event.  


12:00 -- 1:00  Textile Tutorial -- Cloth in Pre-War New England
We'll be looking at common fabrics advertised for sale, mentioned in runaway ads, in probate inventories, and in period literature.  What are they? What do they look like? What were they used for?  And what we can still get today? We'll also look at some originals so you can see first hand what some of these fabrics look like.  Join Hallie Larkin, Steph Smith and Henry Cooke for this textile-o-rama!

Break out Sessions

1:30 - 3:30  
(pick two -- each session will run one hour and will be run twice)

"Touch This"
Sometimes what seems like a great buy turns out be a disaster to sew, especially when one shops on-line. You will learn the hallmarks of a good fabric by touch and feel. You'll quickly learn how to avoid the clunkers that don't turn out to be the bargains you thought they were.
"It's the first thousand"! Besides practice, there are some secrets to creating great buttonholes. In this session, you'll learn the basics as well as some of the tricks of the trade.
Stroke Gathers
A seemingly easy technique that requires a little skill and a lot of patience. Used to attach sleeve heads to the body of a shirt or shift, as well as attaching a cuff to a sleeve, a well done stroke gather is a thing of beauty. 
Basic Stitchery
You might know the basics but may not know the techniques to create secure and consistent stitching. In this session we'll cover: running stitch, combination stitch, back stitch (several variations), underhand hem stitch. You'll also experiment with different size needles to find the right tool for the job. Bring your sewing kit.

Location: Minuteman Technical High School on rte 2A in Lexington, MA.  Follow the signs for the the Community/West Entrance.
The Hive is free for members of the living history community and those who are interested in volunteering at Minute Man NHP.

Coffee and Tea are available, snacks to share are always welcome!
For more information visit our website or email us at hiveworkshops@gmail.com

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