Needlework 102: Make an Irish Stitch Pocketbook

Join a Museum educator for a special tour of the Museum’s Galleries, which feature two remarkable embroidered pocketbooks. Then, try your hand at Irish stitch and craft a replica pocketbook to take home. No prior sewing experience is required in this workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 10 and up. The workshop ticket includes a voucher for lunch in the Museum’s Cross Keys Café. This program is being presented with the cooperation of the Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

Learn the fundamentals of 18th-century dress and what it reveals about the Revolution in our hands-on workshops. 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 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing.

Artisan Workshops are taught by the Museum’s knowledgeable team of educators and makers, who have years of experience studying and recreating historical objects. We have workshops for everyone that are suitable for both seasoned makers and new artisans. Children and families are welcome. All materials are provided.

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