Craft workshops continue during the month of May at Har-Ber Village Museum

Har-Ber Village Museum continues to offer a wide variety of traditional craft and pioneer skills workshops throughout the 2016 season. “These workshops have proved to be very popular,” said Executive Director Amelia Chamberlain. “Many people have an interest in learning the skills that their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers performed with ease to produce items that made their houses homes.”
 
Sandra (Fay West) Haynes is a local designer and crafter with a special fondness for stones, leather and precious metals. You can learn basic jewelry making this year in one of Haynes’ classes scheduled throughout the year. During the class on May 14, from 1-3 p.m., Haynes will teach the basics of making a necklace. All jewelry findings (beads, clasps, chain, wire, clasps, earring supplies) are provided in the class fee of $35. Future classes are scheduled as follows:  June 25, Jewelry Making: Earrings I;  July 23, Jewelry Making: Bracelets II; August 27, Jewelry Making: Bracelets III; and October 29, Jewelry Making: Fancy Necklace & Earring Set. While the classes do build on each other, you may sign up for a class at any time. Fees vary depending on materials and complexity of project. 
 
Weaver (and spinner) Jeannie Wheatley has a life-long fascination with older wheels and looms and is eager to share that passion with you. On May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. learn the basics of spinning—on a spinning wheel and a drop spindle. You’ll start by learning how to comb the wool to prepare it for spinning and then how to make your own yarn. Bring your own spinning wheel or use one of ours. A limited number of wheels are available on a first come basis.  The class is limited to 5 to provide one-on-one instruction. Fee $75.
 
Also on May 21, learn needle tatting and/or Swedish weaving from instructor Lisa Houck who has created many embroidered masterpieces. During the needle tatting workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you’ll be able to make old-fashioned lace with a needle—a process that is easier than using a shuttle. Then, from 1:30-4:30, Houck will show how to  make a beautiful gift in one day using a traditional needle weaving technique. Both classes are limited to 5 participants to provide one-on-one instruction. Fee $35 for tatting, $40 for Swedish weaving.
 
“These local artisans—and many others—have their products on sale in the Har-Ber Village Country Store or Crafters Shop,” stated Chamberlain. “Our visitors appreciate the opportunity to purchase locally-crafted items to give as gifts or as a remembrance of their visit.”  
 
All workshops require pre-registration and pre-payment. Discount for Har-Ber Village members. For more information or to reserve your space today call 918-786-6446, email info@har-bervillage.com, or sign up online at har-bervillage.com/program-reservation-form.html. Workshops do not include museum admission; however, museum admission is not necessary to attend the workshops, to shop in the Village retail shops, to eat at the Café or to walk the Nature Trail. 
 
Har-Ber Village Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors 62+; $5 for children 6-13; under 6 and members free. 

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