Doak House Museum to offer workshops in batik, quilting and herbs

Posted on 31 January 2013 by

Participants in last year’s batik workshop check their projects drying on a line outside the Doak House Museum. The museum will be offering a batik workshop March 14-16 as well as quilting and herbs workshops later in the spring.

The Doak House Museum has an enjoyable and educational slate of workshops for adults scheduled this spring.

The first will be “Batik and Natural Dyes,” which will be offered March 14-16 at the museum on the Tusculum College campus. The workshop will be from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15 and from 9-3 on Saturday, March 16, with a break for lunch. Batik involves creating designs on fabric using wax and dye.

In addition to their completed projects, workshop participants will also get to take home a specialized batik tjanting tool. Reservations and a small deposit are required. The total fee for the class is $55 per person and includes instruction and all materials.

Later in the spring, the museum will offer “Quilting for Beginners” and “Herbs and Herb Lore.”

Students in the quilting workshop will learn the basics of hand piecing and quilting on a small, manageable project. Participants will also have a chance to explore the history of quilts and patterns. Attendees will get behind-the-scenes access to the antique quilt collection at the historic home.

The herbs workshop will teach participants how to grow and use herbs in recipes, home remedies and homemade cosmetics. Students will take home a number of projects, seeds and potted herbs.

Dates for the quilting and herbs sessions will be announced at a later date. All classes will be $55 per person, and individuals will be able to take home completed projects.

Space in all workshops is limited. To reserve a space in the batik workshop, or to inquire about the museum’s other offerings, contact Leah Walker at the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or

The Doak House Museum’s series of adult workshops is made possible in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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