Artisan Workshop: Make a Ditty BagApril 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. Museum staff will discuss the history of sailmaking and sailors’ bags, inspired by our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, and offer instruction on basic hand-sewing. Visit a recreation of James Forten’s sail loft and use historical tools and techniques to complete a ditty bag to take home. This is a beginner workshop and no previous sewing experience is required.
This workshop includes a break for lunch participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase lunch upon arrival.