Sontang Workshop

June 25, 2017
10am - 4pm
Language Studies International
2015 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

In an era without central heating, at the tail end of the Little Ice Age, women often needed an extra layer of warmth that did not interfere with their activities during the day. Shawls do the job, but require a fair amount of management to keep them from falling off, and the ends often trail in your work. The answer? The Sontag.

A Sontag is a type of knitted or crocheted jacket or cape, with long ends which are crossed in front of the body and tied behind, usually worn by women in the second half of the Nineteenth Century.

In this class you will generate a pattern for your Sontag, learn to do the Afghan crochet stitch (aka Tunisian crochet), and start on the construction of the garment. Prior knowledge of crochet is helpful, but not required, as the stitch is very simple.
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Instructor's Bio:

Shelley Monson has studied and re-created historical costumes since 1969. She has worked at various Renaissance Faires, the Dickens Christmas Fair, the NorCal Pirate Festival, and Carnevale Fantastico, and is Costume Director for the Guild of St. George (the Court) North. She has participated in a number of living history programs at various historic sites such as Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, the Cameron-Stanford and Dunsmuir Houses in Oakland, and at the De Young Museum, and has been active in the National Civil War Association and Actions in the Lowe Countries. She has taught classes at Costume College and Costume Academy, and lectured at Lacis, Dickens Universe (UC Santa Cruz), and many other venues. Shelley is a member of the Greater Bay Area Costumers' Guild and the Silicon Web Costumers' Guild. She collects costume history books and 19th century fashion magazines and is addicted to Pinterest.

Students should bring:

You will need to bring about 500 yards of yarn, either sport weight or DK (double-knitting) for a medium-sized lady. It should be a smooth, plain yarn, with no fancy or novelty textures, in a color that is not very dark. Avoid neons or very bright colors. It can be either wool or acrylic. Please also bring a tape measure, small scissors, a packet of knitting markers - either spiral or safety pin type, and a regular crochet hook size F or G.

Supply Kit and Fee:

$0 (included in ticket price)
Shelley will supply a packet of instructions/diagrams and an afghan hook for each person in the class.


Language Studies International
2015 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Directions & Parking:

Street Parking is free on Sundays. There is also a parking garage across the street from LSI. Berkeley Bart Station exits a block away from LSI.

Getting there from I-80, take University Avenue Exit, and head east. Turn right on Milvia Street, and go down two blocks to Center Street. LSI is to the left. Be aware, there is construction in the lot right next to the LSI building, partially blocking the street!


Tickets on sale for class until June 21st. Buy a GBACG Membership (purchase separately first) and save on ticket costs by getting the member price!!!

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