The Heritage Skills Workshop provides classes to learn and appreciate family heritage and heirloom skills. In an effort to teach these skills, the Elkhart County Extension Homemakers are hosting their annual Heritage Skills Workshop at the Purdue Extension Elkhart County Office.
A positive attitude will assist your learning. Prepaid registration will be required for the classes and includes lunch. Classes must have a minimum of five participants registered unless otherwise noted. If a cancellation should occur your registration fee will be returned.
* Full-day classes are from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm
* Half-day morning classes are from 8:45 am to 11:30 am
* Half-day afternoon classes are from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
* Lunch is from 11:30 to 12:30
Extension Homemakers planning this event are Co-Chairpersons Ruth F. Clouse and Alice Moy, and committee members Carol S. Kauffman, Kris Peterson, and Margaret Weybright. This program and all Purdue University programs are open to everyone. If you need a reasonable accomodation to participate in this program contact the Extension Office at 574-533-0554.
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Basic Primitive Rug Hooking
This may sound like latch-hook, but it's not! You will learn the basics of primitive rug hooking by creating a small basic seasonal shape for home decor or as a tree ornament. Participants must bring an 8" embroidery hoop, or similar, and scissors. All other supplies will be provided.
Kristina (Kris) Peterson will teach this half-day class. Cost is $15.00 - limited to 10 participants.
Basket Weaving - Flag Basket
This basket is great for showing your patriotic pride. Decorate your door or any wall in your home. Basket measures 8" x 12" with handle using red and blue colors. Participants should bring a towel, clips or clothes pins and scissors; all other materials will be provided except decorations. No pre-requisites; this class is appropriate as a beginner-level introduction to basket weaving.
Lisa Hernley will teach this full-day class. Cost is $32.00 - limited to 6 participants.
If you're ready to learn how to knit, this class is for you. Learn the basket-weave stitch to create a knit clutch. The kit includes an instructional book, yarn, needles and patterns. Participants need only bring a smile!
Shirley Hershberger will teach this full-day class. Cost is $32.00 - limited to 4 participants
Create a bracelet made with crossweave technique using pearl beads and delica beads. Participants must bring scissors, a tape measure, bead mat, lighting and magnification if needed. Beads, clasp, beading thread, needle and instructions will be provided. This is a beginner-level class.
Sue Martin will teach this half-day afternoon class. Cost is $20.00 - limited to 10 participants.
Embellished Netted Bracelet
This beautiful bead-netted bracelet is embellished with tiny beads in 3 sizes. Colors will vary. Participants must bring scissors, a tape measure, bead mat, and lighting and magnification if needed. Beads, clasp, thread, needles and instructions will be provided in the kit. This is a beginner to advanced-beginner level class.
Sue Martin will teach this half-day morning class. Cost is $20.00 - limited to 10 participants.
English Paper Piecing
This class teaches the English Paper Piecing technique for making quilts and small projects. We will learn hexagons, Dresden plate circle and triangle shapes. Participants are required to know the basics of hand stitching and bring a pair of small scissors and thimble. All other supplies will be provided in the kit.
Cheryl Baker will teach this half-day class. Cost is $22.00 - limited to 10 participants.
Hardanger - Hearts and Flowers Bookmark
In this beginner-style class you will learn Hardanger to create this "Hearts and Flowers" patterned bookmark designed by the instructor. Participants are asked to bring a pair of small thin-bladed very sharp scissors, magnification if needed, and a size 24 tapestry needle. All other supplies will be provided in the kit.
Denise (Dee) McOwen will teach this full-day class. Cost is $26.00 - limited to 10 participants.
Quilt in a Day - Table Topper
You will create an 18" x 18" square table topper or wall hanging using a combination of light and dark fabrics. Participants will be given a supplies list upon registering for this class. Pre-requisites include knowing how to use your sewing machine.
Mary Ann Lienhart Cross will lead this full day class. Cost is $20.00 - limited to 10-15 participants.
Springtime Embroidered Ornament
Learn how to embroider in this beginner-level class. You will add various embroidered stitches to a pre-printed fabric to create an ornament or cup cozy. Participants must bring a pair of embroidery scissors, or a pair of small, sharp scissors. All other supplies will be provided.
Rosilynn (Roz) Stoffel will teach this full-day class. Cost is $30.00 - limited to 10 paritipcants.
Participants who know how to crochet are encouraged to try their hand at Tunisian Crochet. You will create a delicious little bag/small purse in this advanced class. The pattern and instructions will be provided. Participants must bring 1 skein chunky yarn (minimum 100 yards); sewing needle; four removable stitch markers; and a Tunisian Crochet hook size large (11 or 8 mm).
Linda Weltz will lead this full-day class. Cost is $20.00 - limited to 6 participants.
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