Arts, Dining & Entertainment

10th Annual Traditional Craft Saturdays begin at Billings

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

Toothbrush rugs lie on the grass at Billings Farm & Museum. Learn to make one on Saturday!

Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. — WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will host Traditional Craft Saturdays on Saturdays in September, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are invited to explore a series of Vermont crafts – their history, process, and uses – through informal learning and discovery. A different craft will be featured each week.

This Saturday, Sept. 5 the craft is “Toothbrush Rugs” with Karen Bushey from Bristol, Vt. Karen will demonstrate making toothbrush rugs, which are made using long strips of scrap fabric. They are called toothbrush rugs because a modified toothbrush is used as a big needle. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand; completed rugs will be on display.

Saturday, Sept. 12 will feature “Basket- and Chair-Seat Making” with Jane Darling, Canaan, N.H.; Sept. 19, “Leather Tanning” with Mark Humpal, Cornish, N.H.; and “VT Woodworkers Forest Festival Weekend” on Sept 26 & 27.

On Traditional Craft Saturdays, the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, restored and furnished farmhouse, plus programs and activities are included in the entrance fee. For more info, call 802-457-2355 or visit Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., located one-half mile north of the Woodstock Village green on Vermont Route 12.

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