KHG Arts has partnered with local schools, retail stores, museums, colleges and other independent professionals to successfully complete a range of projects, workshops, and events tied to the preservation and promotion of textile arts and objects. The following are a select number of those that represent the range and quality of expertise we offer.
Embroidery and Sewing Instruction
J.P. Knit & Stitch
Kate has been teaching beginning and intermediate sewing, quilting, and embroidery classes for kids and adults alike at J.P. Knit & Stitch since 2013. The shop is locally owned and deeply rooted in the community it serves, fostering a vibrant arts community of engaged makers. In addition to teaching, Kate also serves as an consultant on the craft industry, assisting with purchasing, merchandising, and web support.
Embroidery and Sewing Instruction
The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts
The Eliot School is one of a small group of early Colonial-era schools that survive today. Founded in 1676, it continues to offer opportunities for all ages in hands-on learning as a cultural center of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Kate teaches a variety of classes here that focus on traditional hand techniques in sewing and embroidery and the historic legacy of these art forms.
KHG Arts and Museum Textile Services
Building on Kate’s graduate thesis, KHG Arts and Museum Textile Services partnered to create Andover Figures—a costume-mounting system that uses 100% archival Ethafoam® forms designed specifically to meet the challenges of costume display in small museums.
Inside Out and Underneath:
Secrets of Victorian Dress
Natick Historical Society
Kate curated and mounted this special exhibit at the Morse Institute Library on behalf of the Natick Historical Society. A photography survey she completed the year before of the society’s large costume collection served as the inspiration. The exhibit “peeled back the curtains” of the traditional costume exhibition to reveal the intricate tailoring inside Victorian jackets as well as the layers upon layers of foundation undergarments that allowed wearers to achieve such molded silhouettes. In addition to mounting historic articles of clothing, Kate researched, wrote, designed, and installed the exhibit content.
Tracing the Thread
Tracing the Thread was a student curated show at Wheaton College that featured more than 55 objects from the college’s permanent collection as well as from private collectors. In partnership with Camille Myers Breeze of Museum Textile Services, Kate worked onsite to mount one of the significant historical dresses included in the show—the 1801 Wedding dress of Eliza Wheaton, the college’s namesake.
Sampler Study Days
Museum Textile Services
Sampler Study Days is a public program from Museum Textile Services in which they partner with regional museums to offer visitors an opportunity to come in with their own samplers and receive an initial conservation assessment, inclusion in the Colonial Dames of America searchable online sampler survey, as well as expert historical evaluation. Kate has served as a resident embroidery expert for this event, providing attendees with details about their samplers including age, history, style, materials, techniques, and resources to find out more.
(Yarn) Bomb the Buttonwoods!
Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society
Kate served as Instructor and Lecturer for two “Yarnbombing 101” workshops at the Buttonwoods Museum and Haverhill Historical Society—one for adults and the other for kids and their families. The workshops featured a visual overview of the cultural development of yarnbombing, an introduction to several techniques and methods, as well as some time to practice seaming swatches together. Younger visitors were able to engage in child-friendly fiber-based crafts such as arm-knitting, weaving, and pom-pon making in order to create a special yarnbombing installation of their own.