Have you ever wondered how we know what was made and worn by individuals in the 1830s? During Textile Weekend, Behind the Scenes & Seams, OSV is highlighting original clothing and textile-related objects from the museum’s permanent collection while creating new copies for side-by-side comparisons and a closer look at how we know what we know about the past.
As a follow up to the popular demonstration in 2022, special activities during this year’s event will include sewing two dresses in real time over the course of the weekend – this time for a mother and daughter! Skilled sewists will assemble for two days to complete all the stitches needed to create two dresses, while periodically trying the dresses on the wearers to test the fit and showcase progress.
Other highlighted programming includes:
- Wool dyeing demonstrations at the Herb Garden
- Reproducing a tin sewing box based on an original example
- Tailoring men’s fashionable 19th century garments
- Discussion of 1830s knitting and weaving patterns with skilled needleworkers
- Working with a variety of plants and tools to create braid for making straw bonnets and hats
- During your visit by sure to check out the Needle & Thread exhibit and recently published book.
Images courtesy of OSV
Old Sturbridge Village Textile Weekend