Historic Sewing 102: Make a Pair of Mitts or Mittens

Historic Sewing 102: Make a Pair of Mitts or Mittens

How did Alexander Hamilton keep warm during the bitter winter campaign of December 1776? What did Angelica Schuyler Church wear during winters in upstate New York? Make a pair of men’s mittens or women’s mitts to wear during your own Hamiltonian winter! 

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century dress and what it reveals about the Revolution in this hands-on workshop. 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, try your hand at creating your own replica to take home. Learn tricks of the 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing.

All materials are provided and no prior sewing experience is required for this workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 10 and up.

Artisan Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. Learn about upcoming workshops here.  

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