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Wool Felting Class October 28

Our next workshop will take place on October 28th, 2017, starting at 10:00 AM sharp.

Make this friendly Halloween witch to greet all the little hobgoblins that come to your door.

Cost: $30.00, paid in advance.

Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Register by contacting Pat Vertefeuille at 207-459-5155.

Workshop Updates

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Make these adorable needle felted sheep at the October Needle Felting workshop!

Dates and material costs are available for our 2016 workshops, including Basket Making, Women’s Drumming Circle, and Needle Felting.

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709 or register via e-mail at aaskov@metrocast.net.

2016 Workshops Update

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To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709 or register via e-mail at aaskov@metrocast.net.

Date/Time Workshop Cost
Saturday, May 28 Basket Making with Martha Chessie Shaker Market Basket: $45.00
Shaker Kitten head Basket $35.00
Pay in advance to Linda (see the above registration info). Supply list will be made available when you register for the class.
Friday, June 17 Women’s Drumming Circle $10.00
Saturday, October 29 Needle Felting with Beva Meagher $25.00

Alfred Shaker Museum 2016 Events and Workshops

2016 Events

March 27 Open House on Maine Maple Sunday
April 2 Wool Sale from 10 AM – 4 PM
May 14 The Museum opens for the season with a new exhibit, “Shaker Inventions.” Winners of the Essay Contest will be honored with an awards presentation.
June 8 FASM Annual Meeting (FASM Members Only)
July 16 “Simple Gifts” Music Festival
September 24-25 Shaker Hill Apple Festival
November 19-20 FASM table at the Holiday Fair at Alfred Elementary School
December 10 Open House for Christmas in the Shire
December 14 FASM Holiday Party

2016 Workshops

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709.

Date/Time Workshop Cost
Saturday, May 28 Basket Making with Martha Chessie TBD
Friday, June 5 Women’s Drumming Circle TBD
Saturday, October 29 Needle Felting with Beva Meagher TBD

For detailed information on the workshops, visit the Workshops page.

Quillie Woolen Ornament Workshop May 13

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Make this adorable ornament with instructor Pam Rowan! Sign up for the Quillie Christmas Ornament Workshop, which takes place on May 13 at the Museum. The class runs from 10 AM till finish.

To make this ornament, we’ll cut wool approximately 3/8″ wide, then roll two different-colored wool circles. Next, we glue the rolls onto a Styrofoam ball. Finally, we’ll decorate the finished ornament with a red wool bow.

The complete kit to create this ornament costs $25.00. Pay when you register for the class.

To sign up, call Linda Aaskov at 490-5709 or e-mail Linda at aaskov@metrocast.net.

First Workshop for 2016 Announced

The Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum announce the first craft workshop for 2016. Basket Making with Martha Chessie will be offered on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Details and material cost are still TBD.

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709.

Wool Felting Class Open for Registration

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Come enjoy a day of crafty fun on Saturday, October 24! Join Beva and learn to needlefelt a black cat and a Jack O’ Lantern. Wouldn’t this pair be perfect for your Hallowe’en decor?

Student kit will include all the materials needed to complete the project.

Cost: $15 for the kit, plus $10.00 for the museum. Total: $25.00.

Pre-registration is required, and class size is 12 students maximum. Call 490-5709 to register.

Needle-Felting Workshop October 18

Time to learn a new craft technique! If you haven’t already signed up for FASM’s fall craft workshop, now’s the time!

Beva Meagher returns to the Alfred Shaker Museum to teach needle-felting techniques with wool. This year’s project is a festive turkey, just in time for the holidays!

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Class Description

Students will be guided in the making of a needle felted 3-D “New England Gobbler” autumn turkey crafted from core and dyed wool.

Instruction will also include:

  • Use and purpose of various needles.
  • Techniques for making features.
  • Resources for felting materials.

Each student will receive a kit that includes:

  • 2 felting needles
  • felting foam mat
  • core wool
  • dyed roving wool
  • complete instructions

Cost for kit: $15. Class Fee: $10.

If you are interested in taking this class, you are required to pre-register. Space is limited to 12 students.

Additionally, handcrafted wooden felting multi-tools and pen tools will be demonstrated and available for sale. Specialty needles of differing gauges are also available for sale.

Last year’s Felted Owl class was fun and very popular! You can see photos of the students and their finished works of art here.

Class on the Shakers and Museum Field Trip

Lloyd & Sue Hunt are instructors in a two-session course at the Senior College in Saco on October 14 & 21. The first session will be a lecture on the history of the Shakers in America. The second will be a full-day trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland to view the special exhibit, “The Shakers: from Mount Lebanon to the World.” The field trip will be led by Dr. Cynthia Mowles.

The course fee includes admission to the museum. Car pooling will be arranged for the museum trip. Cost is $50. There is a fee of $25.00 to join the Senior College, and the course cost is $25. Location: McArthur Library, Biddeford. Day/Time 9:30-11:30 AM October 14 at McArthur; 8 AM – all day October 21. Starts: Tuesday, October 14. Class size: min 12/ max 20.

FMI: visit www.yorkcountyseniorcollege.org.

2014 Workshops Coming Soon!

Watch this page for the Alfred Shaker Museum’s 2014 workshops! Dates/times and project costs will be published as soon as they’re official.

Some of the proposed workshops include: needle felting, drum circle, and basket making.

Museum Hours:

Museum Hours: 1 PM – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment.

Closing for the season on November 15.

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We are dog-friendly. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome in our building.

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