Historic Schaefferstown, Inc. (HSI) has announced its winter class list.

HSI is a nonprofit focused on the the culture and history of Pennsylvania Germans (or Pennsylvania Dutch) in Schaefferstown and surrounding areas. In addition to events held at various points throughout the year, HSI also offers classes based on traditional Pennsylvania German skills.

All four classes offered are on Saturdays, beginning at 9 a.m. with varying end times. The classes will be held in the Brendle Museum basement (111 N. Market St., Schaefferstown).

Jan. 18: Rug Hooking—choice between Patriotic or Spring Flowers

Rug hooking is a traditional way to make a rug by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through an underlying base made of stiff material like burlap.

  • Snow date: Jan. 25
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Instructor: Janice Sonnen
  • Cost: HSI members $70, non-members $75
  • Class limit: 10
  • Registration deadline: Jan. 10
  • Bring along: scissors and lunch

Feb. 1: Sgraffito Redware

Sgraffito is a technique where various layers of color are glazed or pasted on pottery and then scratched off to create images, patterns, and textures.

  • Snow date: Feb. 8
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Instructor: Susan Horst
  • Cost:
    • Round plate 8/9″: HSI members $35, non-members $40
    • Round plate 11/12″: HSI members $45, non-members $50
  • Registration deadline: Jan. 17
  • Bring along: apron or towel

Feb. 15: Beginning Needle Tatting: Flower Bookmark/Pin

Needle tatting is a technique to make rings, embroidery, and other materials using a tatting needle.

  • Snow date: Feb. 22
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Instructor: Karen Wattai
  • Cost: HSI members $30, non-members $35
  • Class limit: 10
  • Registration deadline: Jan. 31
  • Bring along: scissors

March 7: Bird With Tulips Theorem Stenciling

Theorem painting, or theorem stenciling, is the technique of making and using stencils to create drawings or art.

  • Snow date: March 14
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Instructor: Amy Scheg
  • Cost: HSI members $50, non-members $55
  • Class limit: 15
  • Registration deadline: Feb. 14
  • Bring along: #1 liner brush and stencil brushes (if owned), appropriate clothing/apron

For more information or to register for a class, call 717-866-5242.

This post has been updated to correct a typo in the phone number.

This post was also updated to clarify that theorem painting is actually a stenciling technique.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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