PENNSBURG PA – Textile artist Ann Hermes is scheduled to lead a beginner-level needle punch workshop Sept. 30 (2023; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg. Online registration is available now.
Participants will learn the technique and how to use the needle punch while working on a design of about 6 inches by 8 inches. They also will be shown how to trace a design onto linen with a light box, and finishing techniques.
Choose one of three design options – a cat, dog, or bird project – when registering. Color options will be available in class. All materials are supplied, including yarn and linen canvas, plus special hoop, and punch needle that students will keep. The workshop fee cost is $60, accompanied by a $35 materials fee. To register, see the heritage center calendar for Sept. 30, or call it at 215-679-3103.
What’s fun also look like? Basket-making!
Among the heritage center’s recent activities was a five-hour August (2023) basket-making workshop (above and below). Basket weaver and instructor Karen Wychcok taught a roomful of participants how to create decorative wall baskets.
Their finished reed baskets featured oak handles, as well as patterns and colors chosen by each maker. Participants said understanding and implementing weaving techniques presented initial challenges, but became far easier as they grew more adept with practice. All were soon smiling and showing off their progress.
About the Schwenkfelder center
The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is the regional history museum for the Upper Perkiomen Valley. It’s open Tuesdays through Sundays, and admission to visit exhibits or conduct research in its library is free.