Zoar Village offers rug weaving classes

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Historic Zoar Village continues its popular adult education series this winter with new sessions of beginner rug weaving.

Upcoming classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 20, and March 9 and 13.

Beginner rug weaving teaches the basics of weaving a rag rug on a two-harness floor loom. Participants will learn the parts of the loom, how to "warp" the loom and how to prepare fabrics for weaving. Each student will tie off and finish a rug to take home.

Classes will be held in the Historic Sewing House at 221 West 3rd St. in Zoar. The $60 enrollment fee includes all instructions, supplies and materials. A 10 percent discount is available for Ohio Historical Society and Zoar Community Association members. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

Class size is limited and reservations are required. Save a spot by calling 330-874-2646 or 1-800-262-6195.

Historic Zoar Village (www.historiczoarvillage.com) was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Today, the village is home to approximately 75 families living in houses built from 1817 to present. Zoar's historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was recently named one of America's Top 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio Historical Society.

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