January 2016 – Parlorcraft Circle – Handmade Soft Shoes

slippersSaturday, January 9th
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Jefferson Market Library, Third Floor
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlor Crafts Circle for a workshop about making soft slippers, a popular hand craft in the early 19th century or Regency period. We will use extant patterns and examples to create and embellish a pair of soft shoes often worn at home or to dances. These will not be “shoes” in the modern sense but rather a slipper for indoor use which were not expected to be sturdy or durable. In the early and mid-19th century, ladies often made or embellished their own slippers for fancy dress wear. As the century progressed this became a popular craft for women and girls, however, no reason why a gentleman can’t participate!

Please bring a tracing of the feet you intend to make slippers for, if not for your own.

Materials, supplies and instruction will be provided, but feel free to bring your own needles and thread, felt or brocade fabrics, light weight leather scraps, buckles, bows or embellishments.

Tea and light refreshments will be served but you may bring your own treats to share if you wish. Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects at home for this event – we’re all about the historic hand work!

Donations of tea as well as supplies and materials are always welcome.

Materials for this event also supplied by the generosity of Materials for the Arts.

Moderated by Rachel Klingberg and Morgana Toglia, we heartily invite you to craft and design to your hearts content!

If you have a special craft or skill from history that you would like to share, please let us know: letters@nyncs.org.

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