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January 10, 2003

Williamsburg Institute Offers "Textile Art Studies at Colonial Williamsburg"

The Williamsburg Institute will present “Textile Art Studies at Colonial Williamsburg” for the fifth consecutive year Jan. 15-18, 2003. More than 20 classes will be offered covering a wide range of textile-related topics from decorative trimmings for clothing to floorcloths. Additional workshops on aspects of 18th-century clothing will be featured this year in conjunction with Colonial Williamsburg’s major costume exhibition, “The Language of Clothing,” on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Oct. 26, 2002 through Oct. 26, 2003.

“Textile Art Studies” will appeal to needleworkers, weavers, students and those who reproduce period clothing, as well as individuals interested in displaying and preserving textiles. Wigs, shoes, waistcoats and gowns will be the focus of workshops led by staff from Colonial Williamsburg’s historic trades. Local needlework expert Carol Harrison will offer “A Sampling of Samplers,” drawing motifs from Colonial Williamsburg’s collections; Virginia Lascara of The Black Dog Gallery in Yorktown will host a workshop on floorcloths; and Joanne Harvey of The Examplarery in Dearborn, Mich., will teach needlework classes.

For a list of workshops and fees, contact the Williamsburg Institute toll-free at (800) 603-0948 or visit the Williamsburg Institute section of Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site where online registration is available. Preregistration is required and class sizes are limited. For additional information, email

The Williamsburg Institute is an educational outreach initiative of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that provides opportunities for unique learning experiences about 18th-century American history in a relaxed and intimate vacation environment. Colonial Williamsburg, the nation’s largest living history museum, is a not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit

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