Paris Hill Holiday House Tour @ Paris Hill Historic District
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm


Join the residents of the historic Paris Hill village on December 6th or December 7th while they open their holiday decorated homes for tours! With many of the houses on Paris Hill dating back well into the 1800s or earlier, what better way to kick off the holidays and get in the spirit!

All proceeds from both the house tours and the luncheon event benefit the Paris Hill Academy (A 501c3 nonprofit) which has undergone extensive structural renovations over the last year.

House Tour tickets for either day are $25 for advance purchase before November 22nd and $30 after. An available add on luncheon is available each day for an additional $10.

Friday December 6th:
Saturday December 7th:

As previously featured in Downeast magazine, the Holiday House tour returns after a 12 year hiatus. The house tour includes touring of 10 historic holiday decorated homes on Paris Hill, meeting the current owners and discussing the unique history of each house. Also open for the house tours are a number of public buildings including; the Academy, Baptist Church, Library and Museum! The add on holiday luncheon is hosted in the Paris Hill Academy building and includes hearty soups, bread and desserts.

Make sure you reply going or interested to this event to get updates, house backgrounds and photos as we get closer!

Homes included in the house tours:
The Old House c1789 – Hosted by Jim and Deb Deshon
The Parris House c1818 – Hosted by Bill and Beth Miller
The Hitching Post c1824 – Hosted by Holly Brown
The Owl’s Nest c1826 – Hosted by Chris and Rosemary Losso
The Harlow House c1834 – Hosted by Mike and Beth Binette
The Kittredge House c1837 – Hosted by Adrienne Coté
The Marble Farmstead c1840 – Hosted by Mike and Janet Brogan
The Doe House c1870 – Hosted by Mary Colangelo
The Gregory and McAfee Home – Hosted by Art Gregory and Lynn McAfee
The Bancroft Home c2008 – Hosted by Alan and MaryAlice Bancroft

Public Buildings open during the tour:
The Paris Hill Academy Building c1856
The Paris Hill Baptist Church c1805 – The Paris Hill Historical Society will also be hosting an additional room in the baptist church
Paris Hill Library and Museum – c1822 (A unique library! Formerly the 1800s Oxford Jail!)
The Paris Hill Post Office

You may also purchase physical tickets in advance at The Tribune ( on Main St in Norway with no ticket fees starting October 1st.

This event is rain or snow or shine! Advanced ticket purchase is recommended and guarantees admission, however some tickets may be available day of at the Paris Hill Academy at 1 Academy St, Paris, ME (across from the Paris Hill Country Club.)

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Friday December 6th

Saturday December 7th

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Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join Beth’s other half, Bill Miller, for a fun morning of cold process soap making. We will be making an all natural cold process soap recipe using vegetable oils for the base and essential oils for the scents. These soaps are vegan friendly! Each student will leave with a 2 lb. soap wood soap mold with silicone liner filled with his/her own fresh cold process soap (it will need to cure 4-6 weeks at home), accessories needed for soap making, and a booklet for use at home. This class never fails to be fun and surprising (as in…it really IS easy to make your own soap!).

Beginner Dye Class @ Parris House Wool Works
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join rug hooker and teacher Elizabeth Miller for this beginner class in wool dyeing!  We will introduce pot dyeing, microwave dyeing, and casserole dyeing.   You will leave with a full yard of your own beautiful hand dyes, a printed booklet for reference at home, and a great new hobby!  Class includes all materials.  Click on the “tickets” icon to sign up!

Yes, You Are & Yes, You Can – Beginner Rug Hooking Pattern Design @ Parris House Wool Works
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Yes, you are talented and yes, you can draw stick figures and a whole lot more.   Open up to your creativity (yes, you have it) as we talk about how to keep a rug journal, brainstorm pattern ideas, learn basic principles of pattern design, and go through the process of creating our own patterns from sketch, to paper pattern, to finished linen pattern.  Everyone will leave the class with a brand new pattern of her own design, ready to hook!  Class includes all materials and a few surprise goodies, $75.  Space is limited to six students.

Embellishing Techniques & Materials for Hooked Projects @ Parris House Wool Works
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Beth will provide all materials and embellishments, but you may also bring some of your own if they are special to you. Materials provided for you:

  • wool fabric
  • sari silk
  • roving
  • tee shirt material
  • yarns
  • beads
  • buttons
  • perl cotton
  • embroidery floss
  • applique materials
  • more

In this class we will explore a variety of alternative materials and techniques to embellish your hooked rugs where the only limit is your imagination. Techniques to be covered are (but not limited to):

  • simple wool applique
  • stuffed wool applique
  • needle felting within the rug
  • simply proddy
  • surface chain stitching
  • adding beads, gems, buttons
  • clipping loops for a shag effect
  • “checkerboard” effect with alternating loops
  • pulling loops with more than one material at a time
  • French knots – real and faux

This is a great opportunity to make an out of the box project and have some fun!

Should you need guidance on a pattern to choose, just get in touch with Beth prior to class, but almost any pattern will work. Look especially for designs that might benefit from these alternative techniques.

Making Wool Needle Felted Scented Buckwheat Sachet Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join teacher/fiber artist Beth Miller just in time to celebrate the arrival spring with these freshly scented sachet pillows!

These are small (4 x 4 or 4 x 6 inch) sachet pillows using your choice of base wool and a wide variety of wool roving colors to make a design and then needle felt it on! If you prefer not to draw your own design I will have some ready made on hand to choose from.

We will also learn the easy art of making buckwheat seed sachet filling using essential oils. The great part about using buckwheat seeds is that the resulting pillows may be either microwaved to warm or frozen to cool and then used as soothing ache & pain relievers.

Finish the whole project using a simple yarn whipstitch technique to close the felted pillow case.

We will provide all materials to make the pillows, and felting blocks and needles to borrow for the process.

Finishing Techniques for Hooked Rugs, Coasters, & Pillows @ Parris House Wool Works
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ever wonder how to finish your hooked coasters or pillows or just want a refresher or someone to hold your hand through the process? Come on out to this class.


In other words, you must bring your unfinished mats/coasters/pillows to class. Beth can provide the finishing materials, but the base project must be hooked prior to class and brought along.

Beth will help you through one or more of the following techniques (depending on how many projects you bring):

FOR ALL PROJECTS – Correct steaming, blocking, and serging in preparation for finishing

MATS/RUGS – yarn or wool strip whip stitching, twill tape binding, corded wool binding

COASTERS – no-sew water resistent wool bonding process, simple whip stitching

PILLOWS – solid wool back attachment including how to select the right sized insert, how to cut the backing, how to hand stitch the back on without having any linen showing at the end

This is going to be a fun workshop that hopefully will clear up any uncertainty you may have with finishing techniques.