Fall Classes

This autumn, introduce yourself to a new craft or trade.  Between fiber arts, basketmaking, redware pottery, or simple tinsmithing, there's a lot to offer.

All classes are offered on the second floor of the Landis Valley Museum Store.  Cancellation policy:  All materials must be pre-purchased by the instructor, therefore cancellations can only be refunded up to one week before class.

Make a hooked sunflower wall or door hanging with wool artist Janice Sonnen. Janice taught how to make hooked rugs, briaded rugs and penny rugs for many years. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and named to the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts many times.

Everything to complete the Sunflower project will be provided. Please bring scissors and a bag lunch.

Author and Fiber Artist Janice Sonnen teaches rug hooking, rug braiding, and penny rug making throughout Pennsylvania.  She is a juried member of Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and very active with the Reading Berks chapter of the build.  Jancie has been selected many times for the honor of being included in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

Cost:  $70

Hours:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Rug Hooking a Sunflower Wall Hanging workshop.

Learn to make adorable decorations with a needle, cushion, and some felt. Project will be a needle felted pumpkin. All materials provided, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles.

No experience necessary; local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hours long. Additional felting kits will be available to purchase after class. As needles are very sharp, this class is limited to participants ages 12 and up.

Please note that class size is limited.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (variou locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting!  www.lovinclaydolls.etsy.com

Cost:  $41 per person

Hours:  9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register online for the Needle Felted Pumpkin Workshop

Needles were valuable tools in colonial America and were stored in handmade cases and containers. One such case in Landis Valley's collection is stitched of several printed fabrics with inside flannel "pages" for needles.

Now, you can learn basic hand-sewing stitches to create your own beautiful place to store your needles. The book folds into an approximately 2-in X 3-in. piece made from the fabric of your choice. Previous hand sewing experience is helpful, but all necessary stitches will be taught.

Bring needles, dress-making pins, sharp scissors, water soluble marker or pencil, and a small ruler to the class. You may also bring a thimble, but it's optional. Check in at the Landis Valley Museum Store by 12:45 p.m. Class is located upstairs.

Please note that class size is limited.

Lynnette Miller is an independent textile consultant and educator.  A member of the Costume Society of America, she focuses on promoting accuracy in historic interpretation, especially 18th and 19th century clothing construction and fit.  She conducts clothing and millinery workshops for living history organizations and historic sites, including winter craft classes and Summer Institute at Landis Valley.  Lynnette can often be found demonstrating in the Textile Crafts barn at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum.Cost:  $41.00 ($39.00 for Landis Valley Associates members.  Use discount code NFR18LVA at checkout when registering online)

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Register online for Basic Hand-Sewing Skills Workshop

Learn to make adorable decorations with a needle, cushion, and some felt. Project will be felted acorns. All materials provided, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles.

No experience necessary; local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hours long. Additional felting kits will be available to purchase after class. As needles are very sharp, this class is limited to participants ages 12 and up.

Please note that class size is limited.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (variou locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting!  www.lovinclaydolls.etsy.com

Cost:  $95.00 ($90.25 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register online for Needle Felted Acorns workshop

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will show you how to make an old fashioned Victorian feather tree with real feathers!  This workshop takes place over two sessions.  Bring wire cutters, tacky glue, ruler, scissors, and paper clips or spring clothespins; all other materials provided.

Session 1:  September 30, 2018
Session 2:  October 7, 2018

Beth Feaser has been a demonstrating artist at Landis Valley for twenty years.  She has been a working tinsmith for even longer!

Cost:  $60.00 (includes both sessions)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Learn to make adorable decorations with a needle, cushion, and some felt. Project will be a felted snowman. All materials provided, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles.

No experience necessary; local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hours long. Additional felting kits will be available to purchase after class. As needles are very sharp, this class is limited to participants ages 12 and up.

Please note that class size is limited.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (variou locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting!  www.lovinclaydolls.etsy.comCost:  $120.00 ($114 for Landis Valley Associates members)

Hours:  9 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register online for Needle Felted Pumpkin Workshop

Make a small practical basket with Landis Valley basket weaving demonstrator Debra Hammond.  Learn the basic techniques of rib basket construction.  God's eye method will be used to join the frame.  Participants will need to bring craft shears and a small bucket to soak materials.

About the instructor:  Debra has been weaving and teaching basketry for 30 years  She has traveled extensively to study traditional basketry and has taught at conferences and guild seminars in 12 states.  She has published numerous patterns and her work has been featured in two basketry books.

Cost:  $55.00

Hours:  Noon - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will show you how to make an old fashioned Victorian feather tree with real feathers!  This workshop takes place over two sessions.  Bring wire cutters, tacky glue, ruler, scissors, and paper clips or spring clothespins; all other materials provided.

Session 1:  September 30, 2018
Session 2:  October 7, 2018

Beth Feaser has been a demonstrating artist at Landis Valley for twenty years.  She has been a working tinsmith for even longer!

Cost:  $60.00 (includes both sessions)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Begin your class with an introduction to Pennsylvania Redware, including a demonstration using a rolling pin, circle cutter, and mold to create a plate.  Then experiment with two decorating techniques:  sgraffito and slip-trailing, used by 17th through 19th century Pennsylvania German potters  Denise will bring books with ideas or you may try your own.  Class includes all materials, firing, and processing one 7" plate.

Additional plates:  7" plate for $25; 10" plate for $35.  Can make up to 3 plates.

About the instructor:  Denise Wilz has been creating Pennsylvania Redware since 2002.  She has a degree in Studio Art from Moravian College and was a computer programmer and craft hobbyist prior to embarking on a career as a potter.  She is a Master Artisan in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and is the current president of its Lehigh Valley chapter.  She has been included in the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life; her work was featured in the Christmas issues of 2006 and 2007.  Her article on Pennsylvania Redware was published in the Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2008 issue and it has been included in three additional publications by the American Ceramic Society in 2008, 2015 and 2016.  www.wilzpottery.com

Cost:  $95.00

Hours:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Make a beautiful rooster applique wall hanging with no (or very little) sewing.  A great way to use up old fabric.  Almyra will take you systematically through the process.

Bring your favorite material scraps and scissors, everything else is included.  Bring a packed lunch.

About the instructor:  Almyra Webb has been teaching quilting and applique work in Lancaster County for many years.  Known for her use of colorful fabric, she is also an accomplished photographer.  Almyra created a line of Quilt Kaleidoscope cards from photographs of her quilts.

Cost:  $41.00

Hours:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Make an ornament for your tree using natural materials with Landis Valley basket weaving demonstrator Debra Hammond.  this project is made using long leaf pine needles, artificial sinew, black walnut slices, and basic coiled basketry techniques.   All you need to bring are craft shears and a small bucket to soak the materials.  Everything else is included.

About the instructor:  Debra has been weaving and teaching basketry for 30 years  She has traveled extensively to study traditional basketry and has taught at conferences and guild seminars in 12 states.  She has published numerous patterns and her work has been featured in two basketry books.

Cost:  $25.00

Hours:  Noon - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

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Cost:  $TBA

Hours:  Noon - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Learn to make adorable decorations with a needle, cushion, and some felt. Project will be a felted snowman. All materials provided, including a foam felting pad and two felting needles.

No experience necessary; local fiber artist and instructor Lisa Haldeman will walk you through this fun and easy craft step by step! The class will be 2-3 hours long. Additional felting kits will be available to purchase after class. As needles are very sharp, this class is limited to participants ages 12 and up.

Please note that class size is limited.

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for the last 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville and Hope at Hand Ministry (variou locations) and has recently begun offering felting classes at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting!  www.lovinclaydolls.etsy.com

Cost:  $41.00

Hours:  Noon - 4 p.m.

Register online for Needle Felted Snowman workshop

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will who you the basics of twisting and other techniques in this workshop.  You will have the opportunity to make several projects, such as ornaments and other pieces.  Bring old scissors or wire cutters, ice pick or awl, and a hammer.

About the instructor:  Beth Feaser has been demonstrating the art of tinsmithing at Landis Valley for twenty years.  She has been a working tinsmith for even longer!

Cost:  $45.00

Hours:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will show you the basics of tin punching and other techniques in this workshop  You will have the opportunity to make several projects, such as Luminaries and other pieces.  Bring old scissors or wire cutters, ice pick or awl, and a hammer.

About the instructor:  Beth Feaser has been demonstrating the art of tinsmithing at Landis Valley for twenty years.  She has been a working tinsmith for even longer!

Cost:  $45.00

Hours:  1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Online Registration coming soon!