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Beginner Knitting Workshop

Join skilled knitter Susan Kessel as she leads a two-day knitting workshop for beginners  Attendees will learn about the tools, fibers and methods needed to knit.  Participants will be taught the four basic skills of knitting, which include Casting On, the Knit Stitch, the Purl Stitch, and Binding Off, and will be able to create something of their own. 

Fiber craftsman, Susan Kessel learned to knit many years ago through a knitting program at the Bernards Township Library and discovered the joy of the fiber arts.  Susan at first focused on knitting, but eventually took up the skill of tatting, crocheting and most recently weaving.

Maura Meek, owner of The Blue Purl in Madison, will be joining Susan on the first night of the workshop.  Her knowledge of the fiber arts is extensive and she will be available to answer questions and offer tips.

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This workshop is the perfect opportunity for those who have always wanted to try their hand at knitting.  Register today!

Open to ages 12 & up.  Pre-registration required by Friday, June 15th.  Space is limited.  Admission is $25 for Non-members & $20 for Members (includes all supplies).  Call 973-377-2982 x14 to register. 


Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children 6 and older, and free for members and children under 6.  Family maximum admission $13.00.  The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M.  Closed Mondays & Major Holidays.  (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday-Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Closed Sunday & Monday.)   

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey.  Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country.  The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station.  For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at

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