NO IDLE HANDS: Connecting with Craft to Canada 150
What would you do if there was no store in your community to buy clothing, home furnishings or gifts? For the 19th century residents of Chatham-Kent, the answer was simple: make it yourself!
As we mark 150 years of Canadian history, come to Ridge House Museum to learn the crafts of settlers at the time of confederation. See how early Canadians dressed themselves and furnished their homes, and learn how they managed before the advent of consumer goods and factory production.
From March 11-September 23, Ridge House Museum will explore these crafts, including displays of historic artifacts and fun hands-on activities for the whole family. Learn straw braiding and cloth recycling, and put ideas on your “Victorian Pinterest”. Get to know the ways that people in the 19th century shared their crafts – and finally answer that all-important question: where did the Victorians get their toilet paper?
Fibre Arts: March 11 - May 17, 2017
Quilting and Sewing: May 20 - June 28, 2017
Crafts from Nature: July 1 - August 2, 2017
Papercraft: August5 - August 31, 2017
Recycling Crafts: September 2 - September 23, 2017