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Create your Own Bowties, Suspenders, and Edwardian Mens Accessories!

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 3-5pm, please join us for a special menswear-themed edition of the NYC Victorian Parlorcraft Circle!

Join SPECIAL GUEST graphic designer, DIY crafter, and musician Noam Berg — best-known as the infamous folk-punk act Painless Parker — as he discusses his adventures in reverse-engineering antique Edwardian-era mens accessories, and learn about how he learned to create his own historically authentic bow ties and suspenders from scratch!

Listen and learn a new skill as Mr. Berg discusses the methods he used to create his first Edwardian-era bow ties, and how he perfected his skills over time. Discover how you too can create beautiful, traditional menswear accessories and add a customized, classic touch to your wardrobe.

After Noam’s initial presentation (from 3:00pm - 3:30pm), interested parties are welcome to join along in creating a bow tie by hand (supplies will be provided) — or, feel free to bring your own sewing or crafting projects and join us in our general historical-themed sewing circle and skill-share.

The Parlorcraft Circle is from 3-5pm on the first Saturday of every other month. This edition is August 4th, from 3-5pm. Noam’s half-hour presentation will start PROMPTLY at 3pm, so please arrive on time to catch the good stuff!

This event is in the Parlorcraft Circle’s BRAND NEW, AWESOME location(!!): the gorgeous, Victorian-era Jefferson Market Library building, in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood! Come find us in the private, sunlight-filled 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!

No handsewing experience necessary — feel free to learn, socialize, and enjoy. We won’t be teaching beginning hand sewing techniques at this parlocraft circle, but if you’d like to learn basic hand stitches for even absolute beginners, you can find lots of great, easy-to-follow tutorials on youtube. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is!

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).

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 here to reserve your spot, or email 

The NYC Victorian Parlorcraft Circle promotes sewing and crafting techniques from the 19th century, and aims to show how these techniques can be beautiful, economical, environmental, and relevant for modern people. Save money, relax, and enjoy yourself learning to sew, craft, and mend! 

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