Attendees will have the option to attend up to three workshops during the retreat. 

Friday Evening Session -  4 pm to 6 pm

Eco Printing with Tammy White

Eco Printing is a process of using plants to dye and print on fiber through contact printing methods. During Tammy’s workshop, participants will explore the alchemy of water, plant materials, heat, and metal and finish the class with beautiful prints on natural fiber fabrics.

The 2-hour workshop will include: Fabric selection and prep, overview of materials and equipment needed for eco-printing, choosing the right plants for dyeing and understanding the role tannin plays, understanding the print process on protein and cellulose fibers, preparing leaves for contact printing, different techniques for laying out your plants, and methods of rolling, tying, and steaming bundles. Materials fee is $15.


Design Your Own Cowl with Ana Campos

Design your very own cowl! Whether you want it short, long, multi-colored, simple, or covered in lace work, make it just the way you want. In class, we will go over the basic design process for a knitted piece. We will then apply these concepts to a cowl of your own design. We will work together to bring your design to life. You will leave with your very own pattern, which perhaps you can knit up during hang out times here at the retreat! Please bring: your stitch pattern ideas (can be photos, books, printouts, whatever inspires you), paper for writing, a calculator, pen or pencil for writing, graph paper, and the yarn you would like to use for your project (please bring either sport, DK, or worsted). If you are interested in doing a colorwork design, please bring colored pencils. 

Long Stitch Book Binding with Sylvia Tomayko-Peters


Make a luxurious, softcover journal with a leather wrapped cover. In this workshop, we'll learn to bind a book from scratch using the "Italian Long Stitch" method, an age-old book making technique. Because long stitch books allow for heavyweight paper and the pages lie flat when open, they make the perfect journals for writing or sketching. We’ll cover techniques for preparing paper and sizing leather for a wrap around cover, sewing the beautiful exposed long stitch binding, and finishing with details such as a tie closure or embroidery. All materials and tools are provided. If you'd like a vegan alternative to leather, please let us know in advance. Materials fee: $10

Free Time - Don't feel like taking a class? Hang out, go for a hike, sit and knit, whatever you fancy!

Saturday Morning Session - 9 am to 11 am

Finishing School with Ana Campos


The finishing process is as important as the knitting - it can make the difference between knits that look okay, and knits that look truly polished. Take your knitting to the next level by learning a variety of finishing skills and other tips and tricks. Please note there will be a bit of knitting homework prior to class. Your will learn how to:

  • Invisibly seam your knits, both along vertical and horizontal edges
  • How to expertly weave in ends in different stitch textures
  • Pick up stitches along both vertical and horizontal edges (for collars, button bands, sock gussets, etc)
  • Different methods for provisional cast on
  • Steeking, including how to reinforce the garment before cutting, and how to complete the steek
  • Three needle bind off and Kitchener Stitch
  • And more tips, time permitting!

Natural Dyeing with Tammy White

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Enhance your appreciation for the natural world for a day of dyeing Wing & A Prayer Farm yarns using foraged and found materials for luminescent, beautiful color.  Through demo, discussion, and a hands-on approach, Tammy from Wing and Prayer Farm will lead you on journey of exploring the world of natural color. In this workshop, you will learn how to derive color from a variety of materials such as petals, berries, cones, found objects from the field, forest and your very own kitchen.  You will learn how to prepare your fibers for dyeing using simple mordants that can be collected from the garden or the woodland floor, and about overdyes and modifiers to alter your colors to produce lasting, naturally beautiful yarn. Local resources are the heart of Tammy’s natural dyeing stock but, additionally, she sources through a variety of methods to obtain colors as sustainably as possible.  The class will begin with a demo which details preparation of fiber and dye stock, different methods of coloring your yarn, and samples of seasonal palettes.

The workshop portion will have students dyeing 6 mini skeins to take home from 4 main colors and 2 individual choices to experience basic methods of modifications. 

Materials: Students will leave with 6 mini skeins (approximately 150 yards) of farm yarn
from Tammy’s own fiber flocks. Students will need to bring an apron or smock and rubber/kitchen gloves to protect
their hands from dye stuffs. Materials fee is $15.


The Runaway Bag with Ellen Mason

Sew your own lined project bag for your knitting!  The Runaway Bag is a quick and deceivingly easy lined project bag. No fasteners, no fiddling, just a handy bag with flaps that tie. New to sewing? No worries, this class is open to all levels! Materials: 1/2 yard of exterior fabric, 1/2 yard of interior fabric for lining. Quilting cotton works well. We can provide sewing machines, but please let us know if you are able to bring your own.




Free Time - Don't feel like taking a class? Hang out, go for a hike, sit and knit, whatever you fancy!

Saturday Afternoon Session - 2 pm to 5 pm

Sew an Apron with Ellen Mason

Sew an apron that's modern and charming, inspired by today's Japanese pattern designs, but cut to fit up to a 46-inch bust. No ties for this tunic length number -- instead, the two sides of the back overlap, held in place by simple, straight up-and-down shoulder straps. Make one up in some darling calico for household chores, or sew one in linen for a hip cover-up, suitable for lunch with friends. Bring your sewing machine if you can, but if not, we will have several extra machines available.

Block Printing & Sew a Basic Book with Sylvia Tomayko-Peters


Using simple tools and easily found materials, this workshop marries the ancient arts of book binding and block carving. In the first half of the class, we'll learn to hand carve and print stamps. Then, we'll use our printed papers in the construction of a simple saddle stitch notebook, made by hand from start to finish. Everyone will take home a finished book and their own rubber block stamp. All materials and tools are provided. Materials fee: $10


 Indigo Dyeing & Shibori with Tammy White

Learn this traditional Japanese art of stitch resist to create your own unique textile designs!

The process of dyeing with indigo is magical. In this class you will learn a variety of dyeing techniques including Shibori, the Japanese resist-dyeing technique that involves twisting cloth and binding it to create a vast array of patterns on fabric.  During this 3-hour workshop, you will create small pieces plus enough fabric for a cushion cover, bag or hanging to take home.  Or if you are a quilter or card maker you may want to make many smaller pieces to add that something special to your quilts or cards.
Practice the many shibori techniques that you may have read about in books. The afternoon is suitable for all levels of ability. Included are the materials you will need but please bring along any design ideas or cotton/silk fabrics you want to try out. Class fee includes 3 items for you to dye and take home with you. Plan on wearing clothes you don’t mind getting messy and if you have a good pair of rubber gloves to keep your hands clean, bring them along. The indigo vat we will be using will be pre-prepared but Tammy will teach two methods of preparing your own at home. Materials fee is $15

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Free Time - Don't feel like taking a class? Hang out, go for a hike, sit and knit, whatever you fancy!

Schedule is subject to change