Our rag rug craft night in March was the first we’ve ever held in our carriage house space, which worked out great because we have room for more students and there are no food or drink restrictions. It was really interesting to see all of the different materials people brought to make their rugs and how quickly they started to come together.
Even with the terrible forecast on the night of our last class on broomstick lace, we had a pretty good turnout. When the bad weather struck we retreated safely to the basement, and enjoyed a dessert provided by our fellow crafter Jeanne Spencer (Thanks again, Jeanne! and thanks to all of our 2013 students and instructors.)
This Friday the DeMenil Craft Guild will be hosting the ladies of the National Blue and Grey Ball for a private class on paperwork embroidery and ribbon crafts. If you are interested in booking a class for your group please email us!
We’ve got more great classes coming up including our May Craft Night Class on bandboxes and another shuttle tatting class in June! To see all of our upcoming classes click here.
May Craft Night
Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday May 8 , 2013 at 7pm – Featured Craft: Bandboxes
As the forms of all sorts of fancy ornaments may be infinitely varied, we shall merely give examples of general principles, leaving their application, in a great degree, to the taste of our fair readers. To make a square box, draw the shape of the bottom the size the box is intended to be; and for the sides, draw lines parallel to the bottom, at the distance of the intended dept.
~The young lady’s book: a manual of elegant recreations, exercises, and pursuits, 1829
These decorative boxes were traditionally made using pasteboard and covered with wallpaper. Bandboxes were used to store hats and other accessories in order to keep them clean and to prevent them from getting smashed, in fact, manufactured hat boxes that you still see today are very similar in design. They were also very handy while traveling. You can read more about bandboxes here.
Date: Wednesday May 8 at 7:00 pm
Instructor: Abbi Telander
Supplies: 1-ply chipboard. You can get this at Hobby Lobby or similar in the framing section. It comes in huge sheets. Two people can easily share one sheet, so anyone who wants to team up to share a piece of chipboard certainly can.
Something to cover the box. Wallpaper is traditionally used, but 12×12 scrapbooking paper will work too. I would say four sheets of scrapbooking paper should be enough. As anyone who has wandered down the scrapbooking aisle knows, many companies make paper that look like historic wallpaper (if people want to bring extra to swap they’re welcome to!)
Something to line the box. I will have some paper to put in the box, but if participants want to bring their own, newspaper, sheet music, magazine pages, etc., would be appropriate. Again, scrapbooking paper is out there that looks like all of the above.
You will also need scissors, a ruler, a pencil, a brush for applying glue and a needle/thread/thimble. Make sure the needle is sturdy and sharp, and the thread is strong (one-ply linen, buttonhole, or quilting). Color doesn’t matter.
Tip: If you’d like to go the more traditional route, here is a list of resources for historic wallpaper.
Please click here to register for the May Craft Night
About our Craft Nights
For anyone unfamiliar with our craft nights, they are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. We hold an open crafting night and also teach a featured nineteenth century craft. You can bring your own project or follow along with the instructor. All of the supplies you’ll need for the classes are listed in the class description. We have some supplies on hand at the Mansion, which are available to students for a donation.
Space is limited so we ask that you register for our craft nights here if you plan on attending, whether you are planning on participating in the class or bringing your own project. Registration opens up about a month before the date of the craft night.