Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion launched its workshop series in 2008. Each workshop focuses on one craft or pastime popular in the 19th century. Crafts or topics of past workshops include crazy quilting, hexagon quits, yo yo quilts, botanical watercolors, Victorian Valentines, applique techniques, writing inspirations, and faux finishes. Instructors are experts in their field with the ability to give clear instruction. All skill levels are welcome. Enrollment in workshops is limited to 12. Each person receives individual instruction.

Poetry and the 19th Century Romantics

with Cordelia Biddle

During the 19th century, poets were widely read and treated as celebrities. Writing about love, death, sexual longing, despair, and historical figures, they enabled a Victorian audience to make sense of complex and sometimes forbidden emotions. Channel your inner Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Keats, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Samuel Coleridge, and Emily Dickinson as we interpret our contemporary world through the language of poetry. With author Cordelia Frances Biddle

Image (left)  inspired by John Keats 1884 poem, Isabella.  

 Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25 Become a member

Reservations are required. 

Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861







Christmas Cards

with Jency Latta

The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the United Kingdom in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a senior civil servant (Government worker) who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper, and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people. Sir Henry had the idea of Christmas Cards with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. They designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each.

Join artist, Jency Latta, to create a very special hand water-colored Christmas card for someone special. Consider framing your creation to display each holiday season.

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Become a member

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25

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Crazy Quilting

with Ivonne Fitzsimmons

Creating crazy quilts was a popular pastime during the Victorian era.  Join instructor Ivonne Fitzsimmons to learn embroidery and beading techniques—hallmarks of crazy quilting. Kit included. Please bring sewing scissors.

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25 Become a member

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Pysanky Workshop - Ukranian Easter Eggs

with Wendy Hallstrom

Pysanky are the beautiful, elaborate Easter eggs found in Polish, Ukrainian and Russian traditions. Learning this ancient technique for decorating Easter eggs is actually easy. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of a raw egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes.  We will complete two different eggs in the workshop, and you will keep your kistka and wax to use at home.  Join us to make your own little heirloom – it’s a lot of fun, and the results will impress your family and friends!

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Cost: $40 – Cost includes $10 materials feel.

Member cost: $35 Become a member

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