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

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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.

Short Row Showdown with Ana Campos

Afraid of short rows? I challenge you to take this class and conquer your fears! A short row is a row that is partially knitted and turned before the end. This technique is used for shaping garments, socks, and other projects. In this class, we will cover Wrap-and-Turn, German, and Japanese short rows. We will then discuss how and where to use this technique in your knitting projects, such as sweater collars, neck shaping, and adding bust darts to sweaters. Materials and homework TBD.

Sew a Simple Top with Ellen Mason

No time to be timid in this class! Jump into the sewing pool and whip up a fun boxy tee with sweet little pleats. I will provide the white prepared-for-dyeing fabric and thread, you bring your tools and a sewing machine if you have one. You do not have to be an experienced garment sewer, just be sure you are familiar and comfortable with a sewing machine. Samples will be available so you can choose your favorite size. You will have the option to indigo dye your new top on Saturday with Tammy!

Combination Knitting with Julia Farwell-Clay

Whether you’re a picker or a thrower, you can learn to be more efficient! In this workshop, you’ll learn the difference between Western and Eastern knitting styles, and how their marriage in Combination Knitting is the best of both hemispheres. With practice, you may knit faster and more comfortably than any other way of knitting. See what modifications one needs for lace and cable work, and what benefits Combination Knitting wisdom brings to everyday technique. 

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

Natural Dyeing with Tammy White

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. 

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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.

Beyond Basic Brioche with Ana Campos

Join Ana in this workshop and learn how to knit beautiful two-color brioche motifs! Whether you’ve tried basic brioche before or you’re a complete newbie, we’ll tackle simple two-color brioche and then graduate to increasing and decreasing in brioche, which will allow us to knit stunning leafy designs. Materials TBD.

A Knitter’s Recipe Box: Favorite tips, tricks, and Unkept Secrets with Ellen Mason

Let’s dig into a recipe box full of choice tips and tricks from books, the internet, friends, family, and the knitter sitting next to you. Learn a handy cast-on, a simple trick to work faster on circular needles, how to keep track of rows, a secure method for setting stitches aside, hiding places for your stash, and other that-is-so-simple discoveries. Please bring a variety of needle styles and some scrap yarn for swatching, as well as your favorite trick. This is going to be fun!



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Steeks for Scaredy Cats with Julia Farwell-Clay

Yup: we're going to cut our knitting, no w(h)ine required. Be it stranded or plain work, cut steeks are (if you'll allow for the pun) a shortcut for knitting in the round and can accommodate design aspects that might not be possible otherwise. But before we touch our scissors, we'll stabilize our work, and explore finished (or not!) edges after they've been cut. We will talk about closure options for cardigan sweaters including button bands, i-cord edgings, and zippers. Homework to be announced (it’s small, we promise).

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

Shibori and Indigo with Tammy White

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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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Jewelry Making: Cutting and Piercing Metal Jewelry with Jesse Mixer

Join metal artist, Jesse Mixer, for a class in how to draw and cut your own designs in sterling silver. In this class workshop, you will create and take home a necklace, a pair of earrings, or both (time permitting)!  Jesse will share her secrets and techniques to help you create personal and unique jewelry of your very own design using simple hand tools and cold connection applications.Please bring to class: protective eyewear and or reading glasses, any ideas designs that you have, and any personal tools and beads that you might like to incorporate. Class will include a materials fee to cover the silver used in class, cost TBD.


Sew An Apron with Ellen Mason

Sew a sweet and wearable 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 back is closed, and you can slip it over your head. 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.



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Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Percentage System with Julia Farwell-Clay

It's hard to beat the classics. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System stands the test of time, offering a basic and foolproof guide to fit in both traditional and modern silhouettes. In this class we will demystify the fundamentals of gauge as it applies to garments, and follow in EZ's footsteps to gain mastery over our own knitting to make sweaters that fit.

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