Workshops will have you in stitches

For the second year in a row, the Indiana State Museum is presenting the Stitch in Time workshops. Last year’s workshops focused on the museum’s quilt collection and quilt conservation and were very successful. This year, we aim to take a twist and focus high fashion as well as conservation topics.

Stitch in Time: Funky Hats features Indianapolis milliner Emily Clark in a two part workshop. On Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, Emily will focus on the history of women’s millinery using examples from the museum’s hat collection. From 1 to 3 p.m. Emily will bring the world of couture hat fashion directly to you. The afternoon session will allow participants to construct their own 1940s inspired cocktail perch hat. Participants will receive a piece that does not require blocking but will allow for embellishing with feathers, flowers, ribbons and veiling. Basic sewing skills are required. Interested? Then don’t forget to bring your own needle, thimble and scissors!

Have you, or are you, getting married? Or perhaps you just celebrated a christening? Then you will be interested in our Stitch in Time: Ghosts in the Closet workshop. From 9 a.m. to noon, museum conservator Gaby Kienitz will show you how to conserve and preserve your wedding or christening gown. Participate in a frank discussion about re-using that family heirloom for a new special occasion. Additionally, learn cleaning and storage options for modern wedding dresses and get small samples, supplier lists and Internet resources.

Registration is required for both workshops! Please call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot today.

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