Sustainable Style Fair

May 15, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Want to add eco-friendly flair to your household, your wardrobe, or your next gathering? Join us for a series of workshops highlighting sustainable products and practices. Local business owners, craftspeople, and Winterthur staff offer practical tips and advice as you celebrate the potential of old objects, discover creative ways to upcycle, and incorporate nature into your daily decor. Optional box lunch available for pre-order, $15. Register by May 12. To register for any of the workshops, click here.



Future Memories
1:30–3:00 pm or 3:15–4:45 pm

Join us, Justin & Kim, from the textile studio Nottene where we will work with your memories held in cloth. Bring a beloved old piece of fabric you are ready to transform. It could be an old pillowcase, a favorite tee shirt, a baby blanket, or something else. As long as it is made of fabric, we will help you transform it into a useful everyday object that will stay in your life rather than being relegated to an old drawer. In our work, we are always looking for ways to keep the old stories alive! We will show you how to develop a simple pattern for a potholder, small pillow, or handkerchief; how to plan and sew the item; and lastly, how to mark it with a simple embroidery. You will leave our workshop with your project well underway (if not completely finished!).  $40. $35 for Members. 



Ditching Disposable Clothing and Honoring Vintage
9:00–10:30 am or 10:45 am–12:15 pm

Join Malena Martinez, owner of Malena's Vintage Boutique, for a workshop about the perils of Fast Fashion and how we can make an environmental impact by wearing and preserving clothing from other eras. Clothing from bygone days has a story to tell, often these stories are distorted in a whisper-down-the-lane theme.  Malena will share insights she has learned from over 20 years in the business. Methods of identifying eras, materials, cleaning techniques, and archiving the memories or origins will be shared. $35. $30 for Members.





Bengala Mud-Dyed Napkins
9:00–10:30 am, 10:45 am–12:15 pm, 1:30–3:00 pm, or 3:15–4:45 pm

The very earth under our feet yields a wealth of colors derived from basic minerals. Members of the Harmony Weavers Guild and FiberGuild will teach you the art of Bengala mud dyeing, as you tap into this palette to transform basic cloth napkins into chic but eminently functional accessories for your dining room table. You won’t have had as much fun since making mud pies! $35. $30 for Members.



Tablescaping with Nature
9:00–10:30 am or 10:45 am–12:15 pm

Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont was a master at setting an inspired table. Bold displays comprising estate-grown flowers, linens, and antique place settings enthralled his weekend houseguests. His daughter, Ruth, said he approached tablescaping “as if he were designing a stage set."

Whether you are looking to spruce up your weeknight mainstays or make a splash at your next dinner party, the Winterthur Floral team will inspire and equip you to create dynamic tablescapes incorporating natural elements that you could easily find for free. Take home some fun ideas and a small assortment to start your own natural tablescape. $40. $30 for Members.  


Weaving a Story

1:30–3:00 pm or 3:15–4:45 pm

Weave together material, technique, and storytelling as you create one-of-a-kind mini-tapestries (approximately 5 x 8 inches) from textile materials and everyday objects. Learn how to use a board loom and basic weave structures, and utilize a wide range of materials to explore color and texture. Discover how hand-held loom techniques can serve as a point of entry into the narrative potential of weaving and create a “social textile” through making, sharing, and learning together. All materials are provided, though you are encouraged to bring any used clothing or textile items that you wish to incorporate. Researchers from the University of Delaware Fashion and Apparel Studies Sustainable RAD (Research through Applied Discovery Lab) will be on site to highlight current creative research and industry collaborations that transform consumer textile waste into new products and solutions. Suitable for participants ages 8 and up.  $40. $35 for Members.


Power Rug-Tufting
9:00 am–12:15 pm or 1:30–4:45 pm

Learn to use power tufting machines to create rugs by hand with the help of internationally recognized artist and designer Tim Eads. Create and tuft your own simple design for a 20” x 20” rug or pillow using post-industrial, recycled cotton yarns. Learn how to cut, glue, and finish a rug for use on the floor or as a wall hanging and about other ways you might incorporate recycled materials.  All supplies are included and tufting machines are provided. Additional supplies and the tufting machine will be available for purchase at a discounted price. $90. $80 for Members. 


Darn It!
9:00–10:30 am or 10:45 am–12:15 pm

Whether it’s moths or sheer age, knits will go holey. Join Kate Sekules, mending historian and author of MEND! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto (Penguin), and mend your cherished old friend with an attractive scar, while hearing the story of this ancient technique. You will not only stitch a gorgeous darn but also learn half a dozen novel methods of beautifully fixing a sweater that’s been moth-eaten, unraveled, snagged, or simply loved too long. Beginners or experts welcome. $40. $35 for Members.



Playful Patching
1:30–3:00 pm or 3:15–4:45 pm

Don’t just mend your garment, celebrate it! Join Kate Sekules, mending historian and author of MEND! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto (Penguin), to not only fix, but also personalize your clothes with added style and story. Select from a cornucopia of vintage and historic materials from Kate’s own collections to apply underpatch, porthole, patchiko or traditional felled patch. Come with no skills whatsoever and leave with creative techniques and enthusiasm to mend for life. $40 per person. $35 for Members.





Image at top: Tim Eads, Designer, Artist and Maker


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