Since early colonial days, people have used natural fibers to make a wide range of functional crafts that fill their lives with comfort and beauty. The traditional skills to make floor coverings, baskets, clothing, bed coverings and linens are preserved by a handful of dedicated craftsmen in New Hampshire.
Sanborn Mills Farm is committed to preserving and expanding upon these skills. We currently offer workshops in traditional stenciled floor cloths, basketry and rug hooking. In the future, we hope to offer workshops in willow work, natural dying, spinning and weaving.
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 relaxing and historic setting. Summer is a perfect time to visit the farm and be inspired by the gardens and history of Sanborn Mills Farm.
Workshops are listed in the Calendar section of this website.
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- 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