Upcoming Events


Meet the Isabella MacTavish-Fraser Gown

In the summer of 2019, a team of historical mantua-makers made a close recreation of the famous 1785 Isabella MacTavish Fraser wedding gown. Rebecca Olds was the team lead for this recreation, and will be travelling from England to give two related presentations about the gown and how it was recreated. These presentations are not repeats!  One is centered on the history and context of the original gown and the other is focused on how the gown was made.

The re-created gown will be on display and available for audience members to view and touch at the end of each session.

© Simon Lees

Date: March 14, 2020
Session One: Historical Context of a 1785 Wedding Gown (10:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
Session Two: Cut and Construction of the Isabella MacTavish-Fraser Gown (1:30 PM to 3:30 PM)
Location: Woodlawn Manor House, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

This event offers two sessions, each limited to 30 registrations at $35/ ticket. Tickets for this event are not refundable, but they may be transferred with written notice to twinsnneedlesevents@gmail.com in advance.

Registration will be open until February 26, 2020 or the event sells out.

Twins N Needles 2020: Focus on Fit

2020: Focus on Fit

We have brought together a team of fitting experts to introduce and strengthen our students’ skills in improving their understanding of and use of fit in garments.

This year’s sessions are appropriate for confident beginners and experienced sewists.

Instructors: Carol Huls, Jennifer Stern, and Lara Neel

Dates: April 18-19, 2020
Time: Saturday – 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday – 8 am to 6:30 pm
Location: Textile Center at 3000 University Ave, SE in Minneapolis, MN 55414

$300 Early Bird (ends February 18, 2020)

$350 Late Bloomer (February 19, 2020 – April 18, 2020)

The Textile Center has a very helpful note about hotel accommodations on their website:

“For our out of town guests, we have lodging and accommodations available right down the street, and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport just a 15-20 minute drive away, or at the Prospect Park light rail stop (no car necessary)!
Our official hotel sponsor, the new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is just one block from Textile Center at 2812 University Ave SE, and offers a preferred nightly rate of 10% off the room rate for Textile Center patrons (any room). This rate includes wifi, free hot breakfast, nightly parking, fitness center, and shuttle to and from Textile Center. To receive this rate, please call the hotel’s front desk directly at 612-259-8797, and ask for the Textile Center rate. (Instructions from hotel: when calling, don’t press 1 for reservations. Allow your call to be transferred to front desk. Let the attendant know you are calling for the Textile Center rate.)”

Make Your Own “Augusta” Stays

Amber Mendenhall in her Augusta stays. Photo Credit: Scroop Patterns

Instructor: Amber Mendenhall

Dates: June 13 and 14, 2020
Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM 
Location: Woodlawn Manor House, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

This class is limited to 12 registrations of $350/ seat.

$65 non-refundable deposit
$285 balance due by May 10, 2020

Kenneth King Moulage Workshop
Instructor: Kenneth D. King

Kenneth D. King. Photo Credit: Kenneth D. King

Dates: October 10-11, 2020
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM 
Location: Woman’s Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Road, Bethesda MD, 20817

This class is $700/ seat. $350 deposits will be taken until September 10, 2020 or the class sells out. The $350 balance is due by September 10, 2020. We will bill you through PayPal for this balance. If you prefer to pay another way, please contact us at twinsnneedlesevents@gmail.com.

With the exception of non-refundable deposits, we will refund registrations, less a $30 processing fee, for students who cancel their participation at least 14 calendar days before the event.

If an event is cancelled, all students will receive a full refund.