Revel Year Round

New Evening & Weekend Workshops for All Ages

Quilling Workshop
Join fellow Revels volunteers for free workshops where we will teach crafts and other skills related to our upcoming production of The Christmas Revels. Workshops take place throughout the summer in preparation for the weekly Wednesday Night Work Parties which begin in mid-September. All Revel Year Round workshops will be held at the Revels office and are available to participants of all ages unless otherwise noted; anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVPs are highly encouraged for ALL workshops; workshops may be cancelled if they do not receive enough advance interest. Please RSVP by the day prior to the workshop unless otherwise noted.

The Washington Revels Office is located at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.
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Upcoming Workshop Schedule – Note New Dates!!

3-Week Temari Ball Series: Join Cecily Pilzer over the course of three weeks as she teaches us the art of making Temari Balls! This folk craft from Japan consists of balls wrapped in colored thread to make patterns ranging from simple geometric designs to intricately woven masterpieces. These workshops are for ages 12 and up.

You do not have to attend all three workshops; however, we highly encourage those interested to attend at least two of them. If you are interested in attending you must RSVP to Grace VanderVeer at by Friday, August 9!

  • Thursday, August 15, 7-9 PM
  • Thursday, August 22, 7-9 PM
  • Wednesday, August 28, 7-9 PM

Beginning/Intermediate Knitting Workshop: Calling all new-ish knitters, and those interested in learning to knit. Our experienced knitters will be teaching knitting basics, plus how to make Washington Revels’ signature Fingerless Gloves, a very simple pattern that is a perennial favorite at our Merchandise booth each year. Yarn and needles will be provided, all you need to bring is an enthusiasm to learn!

More advanced knitters are welcome to join and work on their own projects in the company of the Revels knitters. We will also provide cheese, crackers and fruit. 

This workshop is for ages 12 and up; RSVPs highly encouraged.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 7-9 PM

Multi-Craft Workshop: Join Jill Kester, Lisa Wheeler, and Christina Zola-Peck for a combined workshop learning several different types of paper crafts! Projects will include two different types of paper stars, origami cranes and much, much more. Create beautiful ornaments to hang around your home. All supplies will be provided by Revels. Crafters of all levels are invited to stop by and learn a craft or two; no RSVPs necessary but always encouraged.

This workshop is for ages 10 and up!

  • Saturday, August 24, 1-4 PM

Can’t come to a workshop but want to contribute?

Contact for more information about joining in on the fun — but from home!

Please RSVP by emailing

Work Parties

Washington Revels Work Parties are lots of fun and accessible to everyone! We have projects ranging from general office work, to carpentry, to prop organization and beautification, and beyond. There’s something for everyone! We organize activities based on who RSVPs to each party, so please be sure to RSVP if you plan to come!

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Every year the Revels knitters wow our audiences with adorable mini creations, and this year will be no different. Come with your needles and loose yarn to learn the patterns for this year’s knitting projects. These workshops are for people who already know how to knit. (We aren’t teaching the basics.) More information will be posted later about the patterns that will be taught and the skill levels required for each workshop.

Cross Stitching

Beautiful cross stitches have always been a signature item on the Washington Revels merchandise table. Get together to stitch designs for this year’s Christmas Revels.


An introductory workshop on the art of quilling. Quilling is a type of ornamental craft work involving the shaping of paper into delicate pleats or folds. (Research it and you’ll be transfixed by the images for hours!) Learn to quill and help contribute unique hand-made items to this year’s Christmas Revels merchandise table.

Temari Balls 

An introduction to the art of making Temari Balls. This folk craft from Japan consists of balls wrapped in colored thread to make patterns ranging from simple geometric designs to intricately woven masterpieces.