The Massillon Museum will offer a three-week knitting class for adults and students ages 16 and older on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on September 10, 17, and 24. Registration is required by September 5.
Instructor Rochelle Kramer will introduce knitting basics—casting on, knitting, perling, and binding off. Participants will complete a scarf by the end of the series.
The class complements the Museum’s exhibition, Stark County in the Great War, when men, women, and children on the homefront during World War I contributed to the war effort by knitting wool socks, headgear, and scarves to send overseas. It was considered a patriotic duty for stateside Americans to provide warm, dry socks for soldiers in the trenches. Red Cross members, firefighters, office workers on lunch breaks, wounded soldiers recovering in military hospitals, women in church, and prisoners all joined the effort. Read more about “wool brigades” at http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/when-knitting-was-a-patriotic-duty-wwi-homefront-wool-brigades.
The class fee, $45 ($40 per Museum member), includes knitting needles and supplies. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
The Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525