Darien's Mather Homestead to host embroidery class

DARIEN — New York illustrator, textile designer and author Heather Ross will be hold an embroidery workshop at The Mather Homstead near the end of the month.

Adults and children ages 6 and older are invited to attend the event, set for 4 p.m. July 28 at the Homestead, 19 Mather Road.

Those attending will learn the art of embroidery, a common pastime for women in Colonial America. In the workshop, Ross will help those attending develop their own personalized embroidery design and demonstrate simple ways to complete a special project that they can take home with them.

Cost is $25 per child, $50 per adult. The workshop cost includes all materials and instructions.

The Homestead was built in 1778 by the Deacon Joseph Mather and was owned by the Mather family through seven generations, until 2017 when it was donated to The Mather Homestead Foundation. The Homestead is an example of 18th century architecture and has retained its character over nearly 250 years.

The Homestead is open to the public and includes education about 18th century U.S. history, including the Revolutionary War times, and the legacy of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), who was a renowned conservationist and help found the U.S. National Park Service. Mather also owned the Homestead from 1906 to 1930, according to the Homestead’s website.

For more information, visit matherhomestead.org.