Next week’s Victorian Parlorcraft Circle is on Saturday, October 6th, from 3-5pm, at the Jefferson Market Library (see our tumblr main page for more details and information).
This month’s “lecture” portion of the Circle is a De-Stash, Share, and Swap Event for sewing and crafting supplies and tools!
Winter is coming and it’s time to clean our stashes, de-clutter sewing rooms, and make plans for evenings of knitting, hand sewing, crafting, and other parlor work projects enjoyed by a winter fireplace!
Whether you are planning out new projects, mending your existing clothing, or finishing up projects from last year (*guilty cough*), take a moment to look through your sewing room and find a few really great raw materials, notions, trim, usable fabric pieces, or sewing/crafting tools that you’ve been hoarding forever and just don’t seem to have a use for. Let’s share our resources in the spirit of community, recycle by re-using, and give our underappreciated or unused items to a more appreciative home.
The swap portion of the Parlorcraft Circle will begin at 3:00pm and end no later than 3:45pm, so we can clear away the swapped items and start the actual sewing circle portion of our event.
For those not interested in participating in the swap, please still feel free to come to the Circle! Our main focus will still be on sewing and parlorcrafts in good company, and plenty of people will be sewing who are not interested in the swap.
The latest Victorian Parlorcraft Circle was a super good time — thanks to everyone who came out and made excellent bow ties with us! XD
The Parlorcraft Circle in full swing:
Our fearless presenter Noam, and Adrienne!
Here’s my completed bow tie, created at the Parlocraft Circle this Saturday!
It was surprisingly easy to make, so I’m posting instructions here for anyone else who wants to have a go!
I don’t have any pictures of the process of making the bow tie itself (d’oh!). However, this article shows an almost identical process (using a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, and using fusible instead of non-fusible interfacing). I recommend clicking through to check out their photos of in-process bow tie making, which will help clarify the steps below.
You don’t need to completely hand sew the tie as per the instructions below - a sewing machine will work wonderfully if you have one available. However, I personally enjoy hand sewing - it’s relaxing, you can do it while you hang out with other people, or watch TV or a movie.
This is the always dapper Mr. Noam Berg — also known as the steam-folk musician Painless Parker — modeling some of his handmade bow ties, suspenders, and arm braces!
Come listen to self-described ‘amateur seamster’ Noam talk about how he learned to make these gorgeous accessories from scratch! Afterward, follow along with the rest of us at the Victorian Parlorcraft Circle, as we catch the spirit of inspiration and attempt to make our own bow ties by hand!
WHEN TO SHOW UP:
The Parlorcraft Circle is from 3-5pm on the first Saturday of every other month. This edition is on Saturday, August 4th, from 3-5pm. Noam’s brief presentation will start PROMPTLY at 3pm, followed by open sewing time (where many of us will attempt to make our own bow ties), so please arrive on time to catch the good stuff!
WHERE TO GO:
This event is in the Parlorcraft Circle’s brand new location: the gorgeous, Victorian-era Jefferson Market Library building, in the West Village! Come find us in the Community Room, upstairs, past the stained glass staircase (ask at the library front desk to be directed to the room).
About the JML: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/39/about
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-Market-Library/308585249433
WHAT TO BRING:
Consider bringing a snack or alcohol-free drink to share. If you’d like to join in after the lecture with our traditional DIY sewing circle (regardless of whether you are sewing a bowtie!), please bring your own crafts and/or sewing supplies. Definitely bring your interest in historic menswear and your DIY spirit, and be ready to learn a new skill!
Although this is not a class on basic hand sewing per se, no prior handsewing experience is necessary to attend — feel free to learn, socialize, and enjoy. If you feel like you’d like to do some learning beforehand on the basics, there are some excellent videos on youtube about how to thread a needle, and the basic stitches!
Note: please be respectful and be prepared to clean up any food and drink items and their residue from the community room. Leave no trace!
As always, the Parlorcraft Circle is 100% free! However, if you have a Victorian or Victorian-friendly crafting skill, consider donating your knowledge back to the community, and talk to us about doing an upcoming demonstration yourself. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your demo or lecture idea).
IMPORTANT — RSVP: Due to the space limitations of our new and beautiful location, and because a huge sewing circle would be difficult, only 20 spots are available. Please RSVP on Facebook to reserve your spot, or email email@example.com.
As a gentle reminder: there is no Parlorcraft Circle today. We are taking the month off after a successful hand-sewing class at the NYNCS Festival last weekend!
Please join us next month on the first Saturday — Saturday June 2, 2012 — at Tea Spot at 3pm for the next Parlorcraft Circle. Theme to be announced!
Have a wonderful day, and see you on June 2nd!
Learn how to sew by hand, using antique techniques from the 19th century!
As a part of the NYC 19th Century Extravaganza festival in New York City, the Victorian Parlorcraft Circle presents a special class on the Art of Victorian Hand Sewing, a hands-on workshop showcasing antique hand-stitching techniques developed before the sewing machine was patented in 1854.
Many of these beautiful and practical techniques have been lost to popular knowledge. Members of the NYNCS Victorian Parlorcraft Circle will demonstrate each stitch, and walk you through techniques used to create beautiful handmade garments and textile art!
Victorian Handsewing Class
Saturday, April 28, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Greater Astoria Historical Society
Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106
Buy your ticket here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/236654
Limited to 15 attendees, guests will receive supplies so that they can follow along and take home examples of the stitches. Attendees will also receive written instructions and a bibliography of first-person sources to do further research and learning on their own.
Although not strictly necessary, a beginner’s basic knowledge of sewing will be useful. If you can sew on a button, you have enough skill to follow along!
RSVP will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This event requires a $7.20 payment to reserve your seat. All proceeds will go to defray the cost of the Extravaganza.
There is also a Facebook event here, if you’d like to share this information with others: https://www.facebook.com/events/258995024189805/
Join us on April 7th for the Victorian Parlorcraft Circle in our new West Village location, Tea Spot NYC! Look for us down a rickety staircase on the comfortable lower level, which is filled with an overabundance of delapidated antique chairs, like your grandma’s attic if she had an infestation of bohemians.
Tea Spot is located in a classic Manhattan row house built in 1828, right off of Washington Square.
This month’s lecture investigates how modern knitters can translate 19th century knitting patterns into a set of instructions useable to the modern crafter. Have you ever come across some amazing antique pattern but then realize you have absolutely no idea how to go about knitting it, or what many of the terms mean? We’ll talk about the information you need and the challenges you may face while working from 19th century patterns.
Attendees will be provided with a translation guide of period knitting terms and needle sizes so they can start translating their own period knitting patterns (and where to find said patterns in the first place!).
The Circle itself is free of charge, but please plan to purchase tea and food to thank Tea Spot for their hospitality.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to our last parlorcrafts circle and participated in the Winter Projects Show and Tell! It was great to see the beautiful items that everyone has been working on this winter. As usual, we had a diverse selection of crafts! Pictured below is some whitework monogram embroidery in progress.
The next parlorcraft circle will be in April. Big things are being planned… stay tuned!
We also now have an announcement list for new parlorcraft events. Feel free to sign up if you’d like a notification when we announce a new event around the NYC area.
Victorian Parlorcrafts & Textile Handwork Circle - Winter Show and Tell!
When: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Old Stone House Museum:
Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground - 3rd St. @ 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215
RSVP: on facebook
Early February is traditionally the coldest part of the year in New York City — what better time for a show-and-tell of what we’ve all been working on during our winter hibernation!
Whether it’s a new knitting project inspired by an antique item, an exacting recreationof antique crochet lace, a modern-style skirt sewn using Victorian-era techniques, a piece of costume clothing interpreting the past, or modern embroidery art with a subject matter inspired by the past, please bring your own knitting and crochetwork, embroidery, tatting, needlepoint, papercraft, and other handworked parlor-crafts along and show us what you’ve been working on!
Join us for tea, food, and fabulous company, as we convene for our first meeting of the new year in the beautiful upstairs room at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn.
ABOUT THE CIRCLE:
The monthly Nineteenth Century Society Handwork Circle promotes the revival and research of antique, hand-worked textile and parlor arts such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing using Victorian techniques, needlepoint, tatting, and antique papercrafts such as quilling.
We feature a different craft, technique, or antique project at our monthly meetings, with a rotating cast of presenters, followed up with a traditional crafting circle where you can work on your own individual projects in the company of like-minded historically-interested textile and papercraft artists.
Members are interested in antique handwork arts for many reasons: we find them relaxing, useful, frugal, environmentally savvy, and beautiful. Although the circle strives for historical accuracy in our research and presentations, we encourage modern and Victorian-inspired personal projects using these techniques, as well as historically accurate projects and recreations. The only requirement for attendance is a curiosity about antique textile and parlor crafts!
At December’s handwork circle, the featured pattern was knitted garters for socks and stockings!
Here is the pattern we used, with notes, on Google Docs. I hope this translation, and the notes help you if you’re interested in making it yourself!
Here’s a garter, in progress:
Welcome to the New York Victorian Parlorcraft Circle.