Upcoming Workshops

Hands-on Craft for Everyone!

Grab a friend, learn a skill and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The Guild offers a wide selection of engaging workshops for the craft enthusiast, emerging artist and established craftsmen, we not only show you how it’s made but we teach you to make it yourself.

All introductory level workshops (requiring no prior experience) are open to ages 16 and over with parental consent.

Please be sure to register early.  Workshops with under-enrollment may be cancelled up to two weeks ahead of time.

Enameling with Jessica Keemer - February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 9 am - 5 pm

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Explore the endless possibilities that enameling jewelry can bring to light! Enameling is the process of fusing glass to metal and creates texture and color that can transform your jewelry. We have a myriad of enamels available to our students in every color imaginable so your vision can come to life! Jessica will cover the proper way to clean and prepare metals. We will use different kinds of enamels such as powder, liquid, and watercolor. Techniques covered will be sifting, wetpacking, stencil, sgraffito, painting with liquids. Students will come out with a variety of samples, pendants, and earrings.

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Intro to Flame Work, March 1 & 8, 2017

March 1 & 8, 2017  5:30-8:30 pm

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $260 (members receive 10% discount)

OK, we admit it. There’s something awesome about bending fire to your purposes in making fine craft. This 2-session workshop will give you a basis in creating glass beads on a torch. If you're more experience, feel free to join us and work on your own individual projects.

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Realistic Rug Hooked Animals with Judy Carter - April 7-9, 2017

April 7-9, 2017

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $250 (members receive a 10% discount)

Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal.

Registration for this class has closed. For more information or to be placed on a waiting list please email us at handmade@pacrafts.org or give us a call at 717-431-8706.

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Marvelous Marbling on Paper and Silk, April 8, 2017

April 8, 2017

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $150 (members get 10% off)

If you love to leave room for surprise and chance in your artwork, suminigashi is a sensational choice. In this Japanese technique, ink is floated delicately on top of water, and the least breath of wind creates meandering lines and shifting rings of color.  A favorite of paper decorators for over 800 years, this is an easy, almost meditative type of marbling. In this class you’ll learn to float dyes on water, fan, blow or tease them into designs and apply a sheet of absorbent paper to make a contact print. We’ll concentrate on eastern techniques and add some western take-offs like multiple-image work and kitty-whisker prints to spice things up. We’ll begin this class by exploring Suminagashi marbling on paper and then apply the techniques to marble silk. You’ll leave class with beautiful papers, a silk scarf and a new technique to use for quilting, bookbinding or making wearable art.

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Ladies Only Wood Turning - April 8 & 9, 2017

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm 

The Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County, Kirkwood, PA $225(members receive 10% discount)

In this ladies-only workshop, instructor Brian Cunfer will give an overview of wood-turning, and introduce the mini-lathe, the use of the tools involved, and the affordability of setting yourself up to use a lathe at home.  Cunfer will also instruct students on the use and application of a number of woodturning tools, including the Garden Dibble and Spurtle (Scottish stirring stick).

Students will have hands-on experience and will use a mini-lathe to turn a spinning top, decorative ornament, a basting brush, a honey dipper, and, if time allows, a small bowl.

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Nature Journaling with Carol Welsh, April 12 - May 21, 2017

Fridays, April 21, 28, May 5, and 12, 2017

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

The Nature Journaling course will provide opportunities for practice which can be applied to travel experience or your own back yard. You will be introduced to Four-Color Analysis, a method of journaling invented by Carol Welsh, as a way to see more in the environment.

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Realistic Rug Hooked Animals with Judy Carter - April 21-23, 2017

April 21-23, 2017

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $250 (members receive a 10% discount)

Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal.

Registration for this class has closed. For more information or to be placed on a waiting list please email us at handmade@pacrafts.org or give us a call at 717-431-8706.

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Earth Day Hand Weaving - April 22, 2017

Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

Warp Seed Studio, 111 Wellington Road, Lancaster, PA $125 (members receive a 10% discount)

Weave a bit of nature into a wall! Gather flowers stalks and other thin branches in your yard and weave them into a wall hanging! Along with cotton, linen, and hemp, a variety of interesting yarns will be available to play with color and texture on the loom. Students can create a lovely open wall hanging or, if they choose, a firmer, tighter textile. Looms and all supplies needed will be provided for this beginner, one-day weaving workshop. No experience necessary!

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Beginning Blacksmithing - May 6, 2017

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $140 (members receive a 10% discount)

Blacksmithing is the transformation of mild steel using heat to shape the metal. In this beginning blacksmithing workshop, you will have the opportunity to create sculptural & functional objects using basic techniques such as hammering, twisting, bends, tapers, and splits. Whether you want to learn a basic understanding of the process or interested in refining your skills, everyone is welcome. We suggest that you bring a packed lunch, a hammer, gloves, safety glasses, and wear cotton clothing. No loose clothing or open toe shoes, please.

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Leather Shoe-Making, May 18-21, 2017

May 18-21, 2017

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Students will learn how to make a "Candace" style shoe (shown in the photos). This style is all hand-sewn, fully leather lined, with a hand-sewn leather sole. Students start from the ground up (so to speak) with their shoe, and can complete an entire pair in this 4 day workshop. Handmade shoes can sell for $900 - and in this workshop, you not only leave with shoes, you get the fun of making it for yourself!

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Ladies Only Stool-making - June 10 & 11, 2017

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County, Kirkwood

In this weekend class, students will be making a 12" diameter foot stool.  You will start from scratch; turn legs on the lathe and hand carve the seat.   This class is an introduction to Windsor chairmaking with juried Guild member Brian Cunfer.  All the principles of chairmaking will be discussed in this class.  Finishing techniques will be discussed but not done in class.  Some tool experience is advisable, but not necessary. Class fee includes all wood materials. *Students will walk away with a stool.  Class size is limited to 5 students, so sign up today.

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Build a Ukulele - July 10-14, 2017

Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

The ukulele is a popular and fun instrument to make and play. This 5-day workshop is an opportunity to build a tenor size ukulele. The style of the ukulele is based on the Martin ukulele with a dovetail neck. You do not need to be able to play ukulele in order to build one. No woodworking experience is needed. Wood selection, bending, fretting, and shaping are just a few things that will be accomplished. The ukulele should be assembled and ready to play by the end of the workshop. Some finishing may possibly be required after the workshop because of time constraints.  The result will be a beautiful family heirloom! A materials fee of $135 is included in the tuition.

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Indigo Dyed Gifts for the Holidays - December 9, 2017

Saturday, 9:30 am - 12 pm Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $44 (members receive a 10% discount)

It's fast, it's magical, and it's everyone's favorite blue. Come explore various resist methods while creating some great gifts. We will be using a synthetic indigo vat to dye 2 pairs of bamboo socks and a cotton knit infinity scarf. Additional pairs of socks and scarves will be available for purchase if you want to make more gifts! A materials fee of $16 per person is included in the tuition.

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