Windows Through History©


Eastern Woodlands Indian craft

All programs cancelled until further notice.
Windows Through History© is an award winning “hands on” living history series for young ladies ages 7 to 14. Each class is geared for girls to experience dancing, cooking, sewing, a craft as well as attend a social of the various time periods shown below. To give the session a more historical flavor, girls will be dressed in the proper period clothing straight from the closets of the William Vicary Mansion. Classes are held on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

2020 Sessions:

Session I – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fee: $22 per session payable in advance of each class. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are NOT guaranteed until payment is received. Class size limited. Contact the Foundation for more information.

January 18 —– 1860’s Civil War Making a cloth doll; hand quilting a potholder;  making potato soup, cranking home made ice cream, baking gingerbread, drinking switchel and root beer

February 8 —– 1890’s Victorian Sewing a crazy quilt patch on a treadle sewing machine; embroidering the crazy quilt patch; baking Waldorf Astoria red cake, making tea sandwiches and Postum

April 11 —– 1920’s Roaring Twenties Making a tissue flower; sewing a felt cloche hat, utilizing an electric sewing machine; making Caesar’s salad, vichyssoise soup, pineapple upside down cake; fruit cocktail, Kool-Aid

May 9 —– 1940’s World War II Weave a potholder with loops of stretchy fabric on a metal loom; sew a Mother’s Blue Star Banner; and make a meal with limited ingredients due to war time rationing: meatloaf, macaroni and vegetables, spice cake and Shirley Temple

September 19 —– 1750’s Eastern Woodlands Indian Making a small bracelet out of wampum beads; sewing a leather amulet bag; grinding corn with a mortar and pestle; cooking corn and bean soup, and cornmeal mush/fried mush, cooking pumpkin, watermelon and “sumac” lemonade

October 3 —– 1770’s Frontier Beaver County The use of a drop spindle and treadling of a spinning wheel; sewing a ladies pocket; cooking turnip soup, baking shrewsberry cakes and tea

November 7 —– 1800’s Lewis & Clark The art of paper quilling; sewing a “reticule” or small hand bag; cooking salt pork fried in cornmeal; baking apple tarts and cinnamon water

December 12 —– 1820’s Vicary Mansion Weaving a bookmark on a hand loom; sewing a pincushion; making homemade sausage with fried apple, baking jumbles (cookies) and hot chocolate

Session II – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Dates TBA)

Session II is for girls as well as adults who want a more in depth learning session. The focus is on creating as well as learning the history of a specific sewing or craft project. Classes are generally held on Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Additional classes can be custom designed to meet the needs of a group.

Fee: $22 per session payable in advance of each class. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are NOT guaranteed until payment is received. Class size limited. Contact the Foundation for more information.

Bobbin Lace. The class is designed so that a progression of lace projects is offered. Beginner students will work on a “snake cloth stitch bookmark”; the second time a student attends, they will work on a ground stitch bookmark. Students will complete their project at their own pace, while learning various stitches. All supplies are provided. Cost $22.

Weaving. Introduction to weaving. Basic weaving instruction including information about various looms (2 and 4 shaft looms, and rigid heddle looms), as well as an overview on weaving vocabulary, and basic weaving principles. Students will weave a small project on a rigid heddle loom. After this class, students will have the opportunity to plan a project that can be completed on one of the floor looms on site. Cost $22 for the introduction to weaving. Planned weaving project will be an additional cost based upon the project selected.

Basic Sewing Stitches. A small booklet will be completed in class that will contain basic hand stitches, such as a running, basting, back, hem and flat felled seam etc. Cost $22.