Volunteer Workshops 2022-2023

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Captain David Uhl Knapsack Workshop, February 2022

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The 2022 and winter 2023 schedule is here! Check out the details below!


Minute Man National Historical Park, in partnership with the living history community, Revolution 250 and the Friends of Minute Man National Park, as well as other local organizations offer a robust schedule of workshops to help both veteran reenactors and new folks to create or improve their desired period impressions.

Covid safety: All in-person participants are required to follow current mask guidance.

 

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Captain David Uhl Knapsack Workshop with Master Tailor Henry Cooke

July 30, 2022
February 4, 2023
10am-4pm


Battle Road Standards now require linen knapsacks made in the style of the Captain David Uhl knapsack that resides in the collection of Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. In this workshop, master tailor Henry Cooke will walk you through the steps to construct this very simple knapsack.

Materials needed: The knapsack can be constructed of about 1 yard of medium coarseness linen or linen canvas or tabby weave hemp sheeting (see the notes for the thread count of the original - I think anything in the range of 36 - 40 ends per inch warp and weft will work). It will also require a spool of unbleached 35/2 linen thread, and three 1- 1 1/8" diameter buttons. These can be buttons for covering with scrap fabric or pewter or brass buttons.

Pre-cut kits available, $40: If you would like to purchase a kit from Henry Cooke, please email him directly at Hcooke4@verizon.net

 

Waistcoat Workshop with Master Tailor Henry Cooke

August 20-21, 2022
February 11-12, 2023
10am-4pm

Waistcoats were a foundational men’s garment of the 18th century and a very achievable project for new sewers! Battle Road Standards now require these to be made of wool in drab, brown, green, red, blue, gray or black. For Crown Forces, the Battle Road Standards now require a white or buff (as appropriate to your regiment) wool broadcloth waistcoat closed with small regimental buttons.

Materials needed: Pins, sewing needles, beeswax, scissors for thread and cloth trimming, a pair of shears/bent trimmers for cutting cloth if needed, tailor's chalk, sewing machine optional, as most of the instruction is for hand sewing.

Pre-cut wool waistcoat kits are $130. Contact Henry Cooke for details. Hcooke4@verizon.net

To register email Jim Hollister jim_hollister@nps.gov

 

18th Century Mitts with Vicki Lynn Embrey

Saturday, October 22, 2022
10am - 3pm

In this class, instructor, Vicki Lynn Embrey, co-founder of the Heritage Sewing and Skill Building Group, will show the different types of mitts worn by 18th century women of all social classes. Participants will construct a basic pair of unlined mitts out of linen (for summer) or wool flannel (for winter). Instructor will have sample mitts to try on for fitting purposes. Pattern will be provided.

Materials (participants must provide their own)

  • ¾ yard linen for summer mitts or ¾ yard wool flannel for winter mitts. Winter mitts are made out of a fulled wool to avoid raveling. Please avoid using stuff or worsted. Shift weight linen is appropriate for summer mitts.

  • Small scraps of silk taffeta (approximately two 4 inch squares) for the lining on the mitts tip. Linen mitts may have self fabric lining (particularly if they are white)

  • Thread to match outer fabric: linen for linen mitts, silk for wool mitts

  • Basic sewing supplies: needles (also embroidery needles if adding embroidery), pins, shears, thread snips, measuring gauge, pencil/pen for tracing pattern

  • Pattern tracing cloth is helpful—instructor will have this available for purchase

Note: Instructor will provide silk embroidery floss for those who may which to add embroidery to their mitts.
To register, email Jim Hollister jim_hollister@nps.gov

 

18th Century Caps with Vicki Lynn Embrey

Sunday, October 23, 2022
10am - 4pm

Caps were a basic item in every 18th century woman's wardrobe. In this class instructor VickiLynn Embrey, co-founder of the Heritage Sewing and Skill Building Group, will show a variety of caps varied by date and social class. Participants will be taught the parts and shapes used to make caps and the hand stitches used in constructing a cap. Students will experiment with fitting a cap and get started on constructing a cap of their own, choosing from several basic styles worn during the Revolutionary War in New England. Patterns will be provided by the instructor or you may bring a pattern you have to work with.

Materials (participants must provide their own)

  • ¾ yard of white linen-- (lower sort-middlin’) or ¾ yard of fine cotton organdy (middlin’-upper sort). Shift weight linen is fine for a lower sort impression and a finer linen would be preferable for a middlin’ sort.
  • 1 yard of 1/8 – ¼ inch white cotton tape
  • White thread: lightweight linen or cotton, cotton quilting thread for gathering
  • Basic sewing supplies: needles, pins, shears, thread snips, measuring gauge, pencil/pen for tracing pattern, awl, bodkin or tapestry needle.
  • Pattern tracing cloth is helpful—instructor will have this available for purchase
To register, email Jim Hollister jim_hollister@nps.gov
 

Breeches Workshop with Master Tailor Henry Cooke

November 19-20, 2022
January 21-22, 2023
10am-4pm


Few garments in the hobby will serve you better than a sturdy, well-fitting pair of breeches. Battle Road Standards require them to be made of wood broadcloth in black, brown, drab (most common colors), gray, green, blue or red. For warmer weather linen or hemp canvas breeches in natural, blue or brown are also acceptable. Other types of acceptable fabrics include wool kersey, linsey-woolsey, wool serge, cotton velvet, fine wale cotton corduroy, or wool plush. Battle Road Standard also require Crown Forces to have breeches of white or buff wool as appropriate to your regiment.

Materials needed: Pins, sewing needles, beeswax, scissors for thread and cloth trimming, a pair of shears/bent trimmers for cutting cloth if needed, tailor's chalk, sewing machine optional, as most of the instruction is for hand sewing.

Pre-cut breeches kits are $130. Contact Henry Cooke for details. Hcooke4@verizon.net

To register email Jim Hollister jim_hollister@nps.gov

 

Coat Workshop with Master Tailor Henry Cooke

January 14-15, 2023
January 28-29, 2023
10am-4pm


Constructing a coat can seem like a daunting challenge but is actually very achievable. Battle Road Standards require men to wear a wool coat or jacket of drab, brown, green, red, blue, gray or black wool. For warmer weather, a linen coat in natural, blue or brown is also acceptable.

Materials needed: Pins, sewing needles, beeswax, scissors for thread and cloth trimming, a pair of shears/bent trimmers for cutting cloth if needed, tailor's chalk, sewing machine optional, as most of the instruction is for hand sewing.

A kit may vary in price depending on whether you want a civilian coat, jacket or British military coat. Contact Henry Cooke for details. Hcooke4@verizon.net

To register email Jim Hollister jim_hollister@nps.gov

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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