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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!


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!

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). 

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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 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 

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

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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: