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Cherokee-Style Storage Basket Workshop

For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. This basket weaves up fast and is the perfect size for a variety of uses around your home. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.

Christmas Garland and Ornaments in Wool Workshop

Learn to recycle worn or scrap wool cloth into heirlooms with simple sewn stitches with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter. By adapting stitches from the early 1800s, learn to center shirr a 8’ wool garland with rolled wool beads and sewn woolen flowers and 2-3 whimsical woolen sheep ornaments. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Age 12 and up, all levels welcome. Class size: 10.

Caning: Footstool Workshop

The finest chairs produced by the Enfield Shakers in NH were a mid-19th century example with cane seats. Instructor Jean Reed of Murray Hill Weaving in New Hampshire will teach the basic 7 steps of caning on a beautifully handcrafted footstool made of hardwood and satin finish. After completing this workshop, you can apply your newly learned skills to those chairs that you’ve been saving at home in the barn or attic. Handmade footstool frame and all materials are included– just come ready to learn! Please note: your caning may or may not be finished during the workshop session but a full demonstration and instruction will be given to ensure you can finish your project at home. Class size: 10.

Herbal Teas & Fresh Herb Wreath

The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for 216 years. Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will create herbal tea blends that they may take away and they will also create, from herbs harvested in the Shakers’ herb gardens, a “living” tea wreath which can be cut and used over a two week period. Herbs make wonderful beverages when used fresh, and participants will make and enjoy a bounty from the Shaker Garden.

Beginner’s Rug Hooking: Learning to Hook

Sister Eliza Jeffers (1868-1955) produced a number of hooked rugs at the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Villages. Join Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works for a fun day of learning this heritage North American craft. Participants will hook a small rectangular Shaker-inspired design pillow front for a small buckwheat & lavender filled, soothing aromatic pillow. The classic rug binding stitch will be taught and used as the finishing stitch to assemble the pillow. All materials are included and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the day or to purchase after class. Please bring a small pair of scissors – embroidery scissors are perfect. Class size: 6.

Cherokee-Style Storage Basket Workshop

For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well -versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. This basket weaves up fast and is the perfect size for a variety of uses around your home. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.

Fancy Basket: Watercolor Paper Workshop

Starting in the late 1800s during the Gilded Age of Tourism, the Shakers made fancy baskets from combinations of ash splint, strips of poplar, sweetgrass, and even strands of horse hair. Participants in this class will create a useful and folky basket from hand-painted, high-quality artist watercolor paper. Students will watch instructor Carolyn Kemp demonstrate some of her painting techniques and listen to a brief description of how to weave paper successfully. Participants will receive a “ready to weave” kit of prepainted artists watercolor paper along with written instructions and enough time to finish the basket in class. Participants will gain the basic skills and knowledge to experiment on their own with other creative basket and gift ideas. No prior experience is necessary to weave this basket. Carolyn’s booklet on weaving with paper The Little Green Basket Book, Vol.2 will be available at a special price for enrolled students.
Class size: 6
Fee: $60

Register online or print & mail form today at www.maineshakers.com/workshops

Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount! www.friendsoftheshakers.org

NG Craftsman Chris Blackburn’s Knives Featured in New Portland Specialty Knife Shop — Press Herald March 17

Unique knives handcrafted by Chris Blackburn of Full Circle Craftworks in New Gloucester are among those featured for sale at Strata, a new culinary knife store on Washington Ave in Portland. Read more about Blackburn’s knives and Strata in the Press Herald.

Patti’s Nov. 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Decorated balsam wreaths and many other Christmas seasonal decorations will be for sale at the annual Shaker Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Shaker Christmas Fair

The annual Shaker Christmas Fair at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Specialties include Shaker baked goods – wheat bread, beer batter bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies and more. A wide selection of gifts and holiday items will be available, including Shaker cooking herbs, herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, decorated balsam wreaths, hot cider and  homemade doughnuts.

Proceeds from the popular White Elephant Room rummage sale benefit local food pantries.

A 50/50 raffle will be held and lunch plates will be available while supplies last.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-156/


Tim Reimensnyder video

Tim Makes Chairs follows New Gloucester artist Tim Reimensnyder through the process of making a greenwood oak chair from felling the tree to steam bending the seat back. Watch on YouTube.