Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Everything Old is New Again

The gap is closing between those who emulate history and those modern folks wanting to live off the grid.  One trend today is sustainable living, where people grow their own foods, generate their own energy, harness natural resources. Another trend is towards organic products, where you can name the items in your cleaning supplies without a degree in chemistry.  Celebrities like Ed Begley Jr. and Daryl Hannah are among the more famous "off-gridders."

Vogue Fabrics is offering classes this fall for making your own soap and your own candles through historical methods.  These classes are ideal for those who wish to create historically accurate products for their historical reenactment endeavors, as well as those wanting to give themselves and their friends useful gifts that are made naturally.  Taught by historian Alicia Schult of Little Bits Clothing Company, you will learn historical perspectives on these methods while producing products ready to use at home after class.  Click the name of the class to link to our on-line registration page.

Historical Soap Making Class with Alicia Schult
Sunday, October 7, 1:00-4:00. Evanston, Illinois
Learn the basics of making cold-process soap from historical recipes that include vegetable oils, lard and lye, and make a bar of soap to take home in this informational hands-on class. Explore the benefits of using essential oils, herbs, and every day household products and enjoy the aromas. Discover the historical importance of soap throughout the ages. Make soaps for gifts or your own uses. Have fun creating unique packaging or presentation elements for your soaps. One, 3-hour session. Class fee includes supplies. 

Historical Candle Making Class with Alicia Schult
Sunday, October 14, 1:00-4:00. Evanston, Illinois.
Throughout history there were many unique types of wax used to achieve a source of light. The candle making craft is as old as civilization itself. Yet, after so many millennia we still love their light, warmth, and beauty. This class offers anyone the ability to learn the craft and history while getting a hands-on experience preserving this old world tradition. Explore different processes, history and materials used in this art. After this class, you will have the confidence to go home and create your own candles! One, 3-hour session. Class fee includes supplies.

For a complete list of upcoming Fall & Early Winter 2012 classes, 
please download our class list.

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