Old Sturbridge Village, located in Sturbridge, MA, is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. It allows visitors to step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres.
Authenticity is key for Sturbridge, and its collection of fabrics are no exception. Sturbridge recently chose prints by Marcus Fabrics, a leader in reproductions for quilting. They based their selections on colors and designs that are representative of the 1830s, choosing from among our designer collections from Paula Barnes, Pam Buda, Sheryl Johnson, and Karen Styles. Marcus has built a solid reputation in the category of reproduction fabrics.
While they are mostly sold through quilt shops worldwide, the fabrics are equally suitable for creating period costumes across a wide timeline. Designers for theatrical productions, reenactment groups, museums, and historical societies can easily find the fabrics they need to outfit women, children and men alike.
Visit Old Sturbridge Village during its Textile Weekend, August 17-18, 2019 for Useful Employment: Textiles and Other Home Manufactures. Watch as costumed historians demonstrate spinning, dyeing woolen yarn, weaving, knitting, sewing, straw braiding, and sewing shoe uppers. Discuss with them how these hand skills allowed families to use spare time at home to earn extra money, and try your hand at working a mitten or help to knit scarves for soldiers. Join a tour to make connections between each of these skills and how they were part of the economy of a rural New England Village, and of course, choose a few Marcus reproduction fabrics to bring home! Details