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New York Nineteenth Century Society

19th Century Parlorcraft Circle: Paper Flowers, Cookie Swap,
and Yuletide Social

Saturday, December 23, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library
Third Floor
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlorcraft Circle as we explore the art and craft of paper flowers. The history of artificial flowers dates back many thousands of years; they are mentioned in the Old Testament. Among the poor of the 19th century, constructing paper flowers was a common means of earning money. Entire families would make paper flowers to sell on the street. The 1891 census reported 4,011 flower-makers in London. It was also a genteel activity for more affluent ladies. Many period magazines and journals include instruction and templates for flower-making. Artificial flowers were used to trim ladies’ hats, gowns, corsages, and accessories, and paper flowers were used for festive decorations and commemorations such as Remembrance Day.

We’ll provide materials and instruction to make seasonal paper poinsettias, holly, Christmas roses, and other blooms. If time permits, we’ll even show you how to assemble them into garlands and wreaths.

In addition to our amazing paper flower tutorials, it’s also time for our annual NYNCS Cookie Swap and Yuletide Social! Non-crafters are welcome to attend this event. Please bring one dozen homemade cookies if you would like to participate in the swap. No cookies, no problem! We always have extra. Stop by to say hello and enjoy seasonal treats, hot chocolate, spiced cider, and/or other surprise comestibles!

No need to RSVP; just bring yourselves and if you wish, one dozen cookies to swap! All who bring cookies will go home with an assortment of leftovers.

If you have a special craft or skill from history that you would like to share, please let us know: letters@nyncs.org

Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects at home for this event – we’re all about the historic hand work!

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Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlorcraft Circle as we explore cravats, jabots, and ties! From sailors to schoolgirls, gentlemen of leisure to “New Women,” neckties were an essential part of the 19th-century wardrobe. Since the 17th-century French king Louis XIII made them fashionable, neckties have been de rigeur in Western society. From the voluminous white Regency stock to Navy officer’s black neck-cloth, the loose working-man’s kerchief to the thin four-tingered ties worn in the American West, no 19th-century man’s wardrobe was complete without one. Neckwear was also part of women’s attire. Lacy jabots and collars allowed them to change the look of a limited wardrobe. Sailor collars and narrow ties were often part of school uniforms for girls, and the “New Woman” made famous by Charles Dana Gibson frequently sported a tie along with her shirtwaist and walking skirt.Materials, supplies, and instruction will be provided to make a 1907 jabot, a bow tie, and an ascot or cravat. You are welcome to bring your own fabrics. Cotton works well for bow ties – heavier for bow ties, light cotton batiste or lawn for the jabot. Ascots and cravats can be of any material but we find cotton to be most comfortable around the neck. Old sheets and pillowcases are ideal for these projects.Tea and light refreshments will be served but you may bring your own treats to share if you wish. Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects
at home for this event – we’re all about the historic hand work!Moderated by Rachel Klingberg and Morgana Toglia, we heartily invite you to craft and design to your hearts content!

If you have a special craft or skill from history that you would like to share, please let us know: letters@nyncs

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NYC 19th Century Extravaganza
April 26th, 27th, and 28th 2013

The 2nd annual New York City 19th Century Extravaganza! The Extravaganza is a three-day, all-ages expo featuring historically-focused classes, hands-on experiences, and performances highlighting nineteenth-century life in New York City. The festival culminates in a full-day of Victorian-style picnicking, performances, and celebration on the lawn of Brooklyn’s Old Stone House and Washington Park!

Click to view the events schedule!

Presented by the New York Nineteenth Century Society, the Extravaganza aims to be an immersive educational experience. A hand-picked group of renowned historians and passionate artists will share their love of nineteenth-century New York.

All free or affordably priced events during the three-day weekend are open to the public, either by RSVP or on a first-come, first-served basis. Please join us in exploring the past of our great metropolis.

You can also choose to join us in dressing up to fit the theme! There are events that welcome you in your finest nineteenth-century attire, whether it’s an historically accurate reproduction wardrobe from the Civil War era, a fabulous Steampunk-influenced flight of fancy, or a unique Victorian-inspired artistic creation of your own design!

These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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