May Craft Night

Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Featured Craft: Macramé


This kind of fancy work is not exactly a novelty, except in the sense that when anything becomes so old as to be forgotten, its revival has all the effect of a first appearance. It is a beautiful and effective lace, costing little difficulty to the worker, and useful in a variety of directions. It is an exceedingly fashionable occupation, and in addition to presenting our readers with the clearest instructions yet issued upon the subject, we have also the satisfaction of offering, in the present volume, the largest number and greatest variety of designs that have hitherto been collected together. ~ Sylvia’s book of Macramé Lace, 1882

Most people today are familiar with the revival of macramé in the 1970s as a popular craft for making wall hangings and plant hangers but in the nineteenth century it was a finer lace making technique. Ladies created lovely trims for personal items such as handbags, parasols and shawls and used macramé lace to embellish items throughout their home.

For our May Craft Night we’ll be following the steps from Sylvia’s book of Macramé Lace. This is an open crafting session so you can bring your own craft or follow along with our macramé lesson.

Craft Night details and supplies

Craft Night Registration

…more information about the DeMenil Craft Guild.

Sharing our native connections

This week I had the pleasure of corresponding with an out-of-town member named Sharon who is a descendant of Henri Chatillon and his Oglala Sioux first wife, Bear Robe. Their daughter, Emilie, married Louis Benjamin Lessert, who counted Creole as well as Osage and Kaw in his ancestry. Sharon would hear tales of some of these ancestors from her grandmother, along with stories of the Dakota chiefs on the other side of the family. “All this information took the form of fabulously mysterious seeds for a fertile young mind of a 10 year old,” she writes. “From then on when my friends and I played ‘Cowboys and Indians’ I always wanted to be the Indian.” (quoted with permission)

EmilieIt’s a tremendous privilege to be able to hear firsthand from people who are connected to the story of the Chatillons and DeMenils. Even better is when we can share that experience with the public, and we’ve got such an opportunity coming up for you next week.

We are honored to welcome Scott Bighorse, Principal Chief of the Osage Nation, to the Chatillon-DeMenil House next Thursday, April 3. He will be speaking about the interconnections between the French and the Osage in early St. Louis, with specific reference to the Chatillon and DeMenil families. His talk will take place at 7 pm in our newly-recarpeted Carriage House. The talk is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


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