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January 30, 2009

Beginners theorem painting, knitting and cross stitch workshops offered at CW's Bassett Hall

Winter workshops at Bassett Hall allow guests to explore theorem painting and needle arts that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, wife of Colonial Williamsburg benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr., grew to love.

Programs include:

  • Winter Workshop: The Art of Theorem Painting, 10 a.m. - noon, Feb. 2, 14 and 25. This two-hour workshop introduces participants to the art of theorem paintings. Mrs. Rockefeller collected theorems, sometimes made by school girls for her Williamsburg residence. During the program, participants will learn basic skills for designing and making their own theorem using stencils on a linen background and finishing it by painting the design.
  • Winter Workshop: Beginner Knitting, 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 7 and 16. Mrs. Rockefeller enjoyed knitting and was often photographed with a knitting project. During this two-hour workshop, participants will learn the basic stitches of knitting and receive all supplies to create a narrow scarf and go home with instructions to finish the project.
  • Winter Workshop: Beginner Cross Stitch, 10 a.m. – noon, Feb. 11 and 21. During this two-hour workshop, participants will learn the basic skills of cross stitch, receive the supplies to create a tiny sampler and go home with instructions for completing the project.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy the workshops. An additional $15 ticket is required and must be purchased in advance at the Visitor Center, Greenhow Lumber House or any other Colonial Williamsburg ticket location. Workshop materials will be provided.

    A two-story 18th-century frame house near Colonial Williamsburg's Capitol, Bassett Hall is set on a 585-acre tract of woodlands. In addition to the home, the property includes a teahouse and three original outbuildings: a smokehouse, kitchen and dairy.

    Bassett Hall is located at 522 E. Francis St. and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays and closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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