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November workshops

Storrowton Village offers workshops during November

WEST SPRINGFIELD Storrowton Village will offer its annual series of "Crafts for Giving" workshops Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 16 in the historic setting of the popular museum from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lessons in creating bandboxes, working a blacksmith's forge and making a hand-sewn quilt will be presented. Classes are limited to 12 participants and the $20 per person, per class fee includes all instruction and craft materials needed to complete each project.

Nov. 14 Creating a 19th Century Bandbox Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village Museum, will lead the group in creating a historic bandbox. Bandboxes were the early 19th century's answer to luggage and were also used as a decorative form of storage. Participants will learn pattern cutting techniques and use reproduction wall papers to cover a pasteboard container. They will also apply faux finish techniques to distress each creation which will add to the historic 150 year old appearance of the finished product.

Nov. 15 Introduction to the Blacksmith Forge and Blacksmith Techniques conducted by Frederick Martin of Hatfield, Mass., a longtime blacksmith and Storrowton Village volunteer. Participants will learn the parts of a coal-fired forge, operation of the bellows to control the temperature and basic heating and hammering practices to create nails and hooks.

Nov. 16 Introduction to Hand-Sewn Quilting Carol Geryk and Sandy Wyman, members of the Granville Quilt Guild, will teach this class which could result in a pillow top or the beginning of a full-size quilt. They will also explain how there is more to quilting than just sewing pieces of cloth together as they teach participants the steps to creating a finished quilt square.

Sign up now for one or all of Storrowton's "Crafts for Giving" workshops and surprise family and friends with a handmade piece of the past to treasure now and in the future. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 8. Call the museum office at 205-5051 to reserve your space.