Farm museum workshops teach crafts from the 19th century Tomorrow's classes focus on post-Civil War period

July 14, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll County Farm Museum is offering lessons in basket weaving and other 19th-century arts tomorrow, during a day of classes celebrating the post-Civil War period.

"We've planned this program to fulfill the many requests we've received for more workshops at the farm museum," said Emma Beaver, the museum's events coordinator. "People seem to be especially interested in the arts that were prominent between 1865 and 1900."

Classes have been taught at the farm museum for years, and typically attract as many as 50 people to Westminster, Beaver said. Sixteen people have registered for tomorrow's workshops, but the farm museum is still accepting students.

Instructors from Westminster and Eldersburg will teach the four classes.

Smocking, basket weaving and chair caning will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are invited to bring a bagged lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Patricia Blank of Westminster, known for her heirloom-quality designs and Civil War clothing, will teach smocking. Students will learn how to create a hand-smocked insert that can be framed or used as a focal point on a pillow top. The class costs $30.

Basket weaving, one of the farm museum's most popular classes, will be taught by Carolyn Freitag of Eldersburg. She will show students how to make a swing-handle market basket. The class costs $35.

Carol Shook, volunteer coordinator at the farm museum, will teach the art of chair caning (called seat weaving). The class costs $30.

The fourth class, painting on glass, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and will be taught by Bonnie Hood of Westminster, a regular instructor at the farm museum. Experience in painting is recommended. The class costs $15.

Registration is required. Information: 410-848-7775.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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