Since early colonial days, ingenious and industrious craftsmen have used natural fibers to make things that fill their lives with comfort and beauty. The traditional skills to make baskets, clothing, bed coverings, linens, floor coverings, and more are preserved by a handful of craftsmen in New Hampshire.
Sanborn Mills Farm is committed to keeping these skills alive and offers workshops from time to time in the traditional arts of working with fiber and cloth.
Taking a hands-on workshop at Sanborn Mills Farm is a unique opportunity to be immersed in a time-honored tradition, and create an heirloom in a beautiful historic setting. Summer is a perfect time to visit the farm and be inspired by the gardens and history of Sanborn Mills Farm.
In 2018, we will once again offer two fiber workshops, a 2-day workshop in Traditional Painted Floor Cloths and a 1-day workshop in Basket Making.
Workshops are listed in the Calendar section of this website.
Click here to learn about our instructors.
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For more information on traditional fiber arts of New England and other places to learn about them, visit these links:
- The Marshfield School of Weaving – http://www.marshfieldschoolofweaving.com/
- Eaton Hill Textile Works – http://www.eatonhilltextiles.com/
- Directory of Fiber Arts Guilds & Groups in New Hampshire – http://fiberarts.org/directories/guilds/New+Hampshire
- Essays from the New Hampshire Folklife Website – Textile Traditions fro the Home: http://www.nh.gov/folklife/learning-center/traditions/textiles.htm
- Rug Hooking: http://www.nh.gov/folklife/learning-center/traditions/rug-hooking.htm
- The Woolen Pear & Red Horse Rugs – http://www.redhorserugs.com/
- University of New Hampshire online basket exhibit: https://cola.unh.edu/center-new-england-culture/baskets