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Try Your Hand at 18th-Century Skills

Did you ever wonder how people in the past got dressed every day? How did they live without zippers or Velcro? Where did they buy their shoes? How did they keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter?

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century apparel and what it reveals about the American Revolution. Spend the day learning traditional skills and working with your hands, beginning with a close look at objects in the Museum’s Galleries as inspiration for your own creations. Then, create your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while you develop your craft.

Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. Our workshops are suitable for everyone including seasoned makers and new artisans. Families and children are welcome. All materials are provided for all of our workshops.

Upcoming Artisan Workshops

Stay tuned for additional workshops announced throughout the year.

Artisan Workshop Make A Haversack
Dec 28
 

Artisan Workshop: Make a Haversack

December 28, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join us for this in-person, beginner-level Artisan Workshop to learn “plain sewing” and create a Revolutionary soldier’s linen haversack, like a modern shoulder bag.
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Replica Pinball or round pincushion sewn at an Artisan Workshop.
Jan 11
 

Artisan Workshop: Make a Pinball

January 11, 18, 25, 2023 (3 weeks) from 7-8:30 p.m.
Join us for this three-part virtual Artisan Workshop to learn about 18th-century fashion and how to make your own embroidered “pinball,” a spherical pincushion, based on original examples.
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Mary Forten, daughter of James Forten, sewed this sampler.
Mar 08
 

Artisan Workshop: Make a Sampler

March 8, 15, 22, 2023 (3 weeks) from 7-8:30 p.m.
Join us for this three-part virtual workshop to learn about 18th-century sewing and how to make your own embroidered sampler based on original examples on display in our special exhibit, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.
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A canvas ditty bag with a fid, sewing needles, and a thimble.
Apr 08
 

Artisan Workshop: Make a Ditty Bag

April 8, 2023 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join us for this one-day, in-person workshop to learn “plain sewing” to create a Revolutionary sailor’s linen ditty bag, similar to a modern tote bag, inspired by original examples in our special exhibit, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.
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