Fall Craft Workshop Series

Our popular Spring series of informal introductory craft classes taught by master craftspeople comes to the Fall just in time to help give you a hand-made touch to your holidays.  Grab a few friends, bring your family; you just may discover a new passion while you are having fun!

Online registration coming soon.  To sign up early, call Terry Kreider at 717-569-9312.


Feather Trees

Instructor:  Beth Feaser

August 19 & 20
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Cost:  $50

Create a feather tree to add a Victorian flavor to your Christmas decorating in this very popular two-session class.  Bring wire cutters, tacky glue, a ruler, scissors, and paper clips or spring clothespins; all other materials are included.

Rug Braiding

Instructor:  Janice Sonnen

Saturday, September 9
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost:  $70

Learn the Pennsylvania German technique of etching delicate holiday designs onto a naturally dyed egg.  Landis Valley workshop leader and master dyer Linda Taylor will also teach you about different color dyes as you work.  All materials included.

Quilling a Snowflake

Class #:  FFAF05
Instructor:  Rebecca Gray-O'Dell

Saturday, November 12
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:  $40

Register for Quilling

Simply rolling strips of paper to form filigree designs.  It is an art form dating from the Middle Ages, but more notably practiced by ladies of leisure during the Regency era (Jane Austen mentions it in her books).  Though historic, the craft lends itself to more modern designs and uses.  Quill your very own snowflake for the upcoming winter season.  All materials included.

Paper Stars

Class #:  FFAF06
Instructor:  Kenney Brunning

Saturday, November 19
10 a.m. to Noon
Cost:  $20

Register for Paper Stars

Learn to make traditional folded paper Moravian stars.  Bring scissors - all other materials included.  A great class for all ages!

Punched Tin Ornament

Class #:  FFAF07
Instructor:  Beth Feaser

Saturday, November 19
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:  $30

Register for Punched Tin Ornament

Landis Valley tinsmith Beth Feaser will show you the basics of tin punching as you create ornaments for the holidays.  Bring old scissors or wire cutters, an ice pick or awl, and a hammer.  All other materials included.

Wood Graining New Class!

Class #:  FFAF08
Instructor:  Jim King

Sunday, November 20
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:  $70


Register for Wood Graining

In the 18th century, country cabinetmakers grain painted utilitarian objects to imitate the grain of wood.  Softwoods were false grained to mimic expensive hardwoods often not available and the technique soon evolved into a folk art form.  Homemade paints and tools were used to create finishes as the minds and hands of imaginative folk artists.  Antiques of great value today have wildly grained surfaces that in no way try to mimic the graining pattern of real woods.

Participants will learn to grain paint a reproduction mini blanket chest with bun feet and a 5"X7" mirror frame.  A dark glaze is applied over yellow paint.  Then, while the glaze is wet, a spontaneous texture is created using the traditional tools of a comb, corncob, putty, fingers, sponge, or brush.

About the Instructor:  Jim King has a B.A. in art from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.  He began studying vinegar painting in the 1980's, when he became inspired by grain painting antiques he was collecting.  He purchases blanket chests in disrepair at auctions and flea markets and then restored them and applied vinegar painted surfaces.  He had difficulty finding smaller chests and started having Old Order cabinetmakers copy his antiques, which he then grain painted using a variety of traditional techniques.