2021 Classes

Mordanting techniques for wool + silk
Alissa Allen  |  3hr

Mordanting is where it all begins, having pre-mordanted fiber ready to go will set you ahead of the game when dye season arrives. Learn the ins and outs and get your fiber ready for testing and dyes. 

Foraging 101
Alissa Allen  | 2 hours

Take a meandering walk on Medomak property in this field study class.  Together, we’ll learn how to slow down and take in the wonder of the land beneath our feet. We’ll talk about fungal ecology and learn how to take field notes for identifying potential dye materials. We’ll collect what we find to use later in classes. Bring your notebook!

Testing Fungi for Dyeing
Alissa Allen | 2 hours

No matter where you live, fungi can add a new depth of color to your regional dye palette. Books don’t paint the whole story, learn to test your finds to know what to expect for sure. 

Dyeing with Lichen 
Alissa Allen | 3 hours

Explore the joy and magic of lichen dyeing. Learn to perform the magic of transforming color, learn how to ethically forage for dye year round, and revel in the intense colors and exquisite fragrance. 

Mushroom + lichen rainbow sampler
Alissa Allen | 5 hours

Every dye fungus has its own route to color. Explore the different techniques used to coax a rainbow of color from Maine’s own dye palette. At the end of class, you will have a sampler of wool and silk to use in your stitching projects.

Weaving a Life: Bowl  
Cathi Belcher  | 6 hours

The Weaving a Life program, originally envisioned by Susan Barrett Merrill, can be approached on many levels, the most basic being simply handweaving beautiful & symbolic objects on a small portable Journey Loom. These objects, called Keyforms, (consisting of an amulet, bowl, doll, belt, mask, sacred bundle, and shawl) are elemental forms common to all cultures throughout the world, and can become manifestations of personal meaning for anyone who creates them. New this year, Cathi introduces the Bowl Keyform. In this 2-session class, you will weave a 3-dimensional bowl which you’ll then decorate with natural materials and found objects. The vessel symbolizes our birth, how we each have an inside and an outside, and how the shape and experience of each one informs the other. The result will be a striking artistic vessel that you can use to hold special objects … and in the process of making it … you might just discover the vision and gifts you already hold inside!
Materials fee: $10 includes everything you need. Bring special fibers or embellishments, if desired.

Weaving a Life: Amulet 
Cathi Belcher  | 3 hours

The Weaving a Life program, originally envisioned by Susan Barrett Merrill, can be approached on many levels, the most basic being simply handweaving beautiful & symbolic objects on a small portable Journey Loom. These objects, called Keyforms, (consisting of an amulet, bowl, doll, belt, mask, sacred bundle, and shawl) are elemental forms common to all cultures throughout the world, and can become manifestations of personal meaning for anyone who creates them. Back by popular demand, the Amulet Keyform is made by weaving a textured piece of tapestry fabric that we will then sew into an amulet, (a sacred pouch to wear around the neck).  Afterwards, we’ll decorate them with natural materials, embroidery and found objects, and then infuse them with personal intentions for ourselves, or with blessings for others.
Materials fee: $10 includes everything you need. Bring special fibers or embellishments, if desired.

Zentangle Prayer Flags   
Cathi Belcher  |  3 hours

The flags we will make in this class make use of a wonderful meditative drawing technique called Zentangle. This art form usually makes use of pen and ink on paper, but is easily adapted to fabric using needles and thread, sewing machines or in this case, fabric markers. The first session of this class will focus on learning to draw Zentangle patterns using 5 basic shapes: If you can draw a dot, a line, a curve, and ‘S’ shape and a circle, then you can already create amazing Zentangle designs and just didn’t know it! Once you get the hang of this super-relaxing and ultra-satisfying technique, we’ll draw designs on fabric using fabric markers, and then string the fabric squares and triangles to hang them.
Note: Cathi Belcher was personally certified as a Zentangle Teacher (CZT)  by its founders Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts.
Materials Fee: $15, covers everything you need, including a personal Zentangle kit, a fabric marker, and a set of handmade prayer flags.

Natural Dye Intensive
Rachel Bingham-Kessler |6hr

Take your natural dyeing to the next level! Focusing on indigo, cochineal, and a local to camp yellow plant, we’ll prepare mordants, modifiers, and vats to create and blend colors for a wide palate and create samples cards for your records.
Materials to bring:
8oz of a combination of white and grey wool (yarn or fabric form and/or silk yarn or fabric form, to be broken up into multiple samples.) This can be any combo of white and grey, wool and silk. If you prefer, you can stick to one color and one fiber type). We’ll be making lots of samples, so having a variety will make things more fun!
Sharpie for labeling 
1 plastic shopping bag to be cut up for labels 
durable rubber gloves (Mr. Clean’s are my go to dye gloves)
an apron

Punch Needle Sampler 
Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hr

Design your own sampler to later be used for a cushion, or seat pad. Using a punch needle is one of the easiest and quickest things I’ve ever learned. And I’m so excited to bring it to you this summer!
Materials to bring:
assortment of yarns and weight, any colors.
yarn punch needle (not the same as an embroidery punch needle) with a punching length of around 24mm. The shorter the better. Anything that will fit worsted size yarns (you can double up your yarns if you have lighter weights) will work. 

Braided Rug Sampler
Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hr

In this class, you’ll learn how to give your old clothes, sheets and fabrics a new life as a braided rug! Using simple braided rug techniques, you’ll transform your rags into bright spots to be lived with again. You’ll learn everything you need to make a tiny rug in class, and how to keep going on your own to make it any size you want! 
Materials to bring:
small grocery sized bag of assorted fabrics, any colors, textures, content
large safety pin
spool of heavy duty cotton or linen thread (or find a partner and split your spool)
a large eyed darning needle (I like the “Braid It” needle, available at Halcyon in Bath) 
Pre-Retreat Prep: To maximize your time at camp, please prep your fabric before arriving by: cutting your fabric into 1.5 or 2” strips.

Contemplative Writing for Makers
Katherine Ferrier  | 2 hr

This workshop is one part making, one part meditation, and one part contemplative writing. We’ll begin with some quiet, meditative handwork, each tending to our own project. From this place of deep listening and connection, we’ll work with a variety of prompts that will act as invitations into writing. There will be optional space for sharing our writing with each other so that we might deepen our appreciation of how our personal stories connect us.
Materials to bring: Handwork and a journal. It’s best to bring something you can work on without concentrating too much, so that your hands can be steadily working, leaving your thoughts to drift into the rich realms of memory and meaning.

Katherine Ferrier | 5 hr

Do you love playing with color, texture, design and pattern?  Are you a fan of juxtaposition, fascinated with how things come together? Have you always wanted to learn to make a quilt, but fussy construction, complicated measurements, and traditional patterns just aren’t for you? In this workshop, we’ll practice slowing down, paying attention and putting the pieces together. Using improvisational approaches to design as metaphors for composing our lives, we’ll cultivate mindfulness as we play with fabric, hand-piece either a small wall hanging, or “mug rug” and exploring several methods of backing and finishing our work.
No sewing experience necessary

Felted bowls + Vessels
Katherine Ferrier  | 5 hr

In this class we’ll learn the basics of wet felting and make a simple, small bowl or vessels by transforming wispy wool roving into a durable structure using water, soap, and a little bit of elbow grease. Once you know how to make a simple bowl, you can make endless variations using simple shaping techniques, stitching, folding, etc.

Materials fee: Kits will be provided for a fee of $10

Intro to Brioche 
Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours

Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. In this class we’ll learn the basic principles of working brioche flat and in the round, and increasing and decreasing in pattern.

Materials and homework: Approximately 70 yards of smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and US 7 needles for swatching and practicing. 

Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.

Pi Sh(wall) Hanging
Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours

In this class, we’ll learn the basic technique of pi shawl shaping and Emily Ocker’s pinhole cast on while create a beautiful work of art to hang on our wall.

Please bring:
100 yards of bulky yarn, a tapestry needle large enough to handle said yarn, US 11 double pointed needles, a US 11 16” circular needle, and a US 11 24” circular needle. If you’re comfortable with Magic Loop, you can omit the dpns and the shorter circular.

A materials fee of $3 will be charged at the class.

Shawl Shapes 
Bristol Ivy  | 3 hour

Shawls are one of the most popular projects in the knitting world right now. They’re the perfect way to explore new techniques or use just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely. In this class, we’ll look at a how to create a few different shawl shapes, and then discuss adding stitch patterns or playing with unconventional shaping. 

Materials and homework: For swatching, please bring around 200 yards of smooth dk or worsted weight yarn in a light color, appropriate needles, and stitch markers. 

Winterlong Cowl
Bristol IVY | 3 hours

The Winterlong Cowl is a warm, cozy bit of squishiness that employs some interesting techniques to create a flowing, organic shape. In this class, we’ll explore the techniques necessary to create it, and discuss the rhythms and patterns inherent to the design that make it so addictive to knit.

Materials and homework: Please bring 450 yards of worsted weight yarn and US 8 [5 mm] needles, as well as smooth, non-wool yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on. 


We will work with a pattern for a simple, boxy top and learn how to sew seams, finish necklines and hem edges with only your hands and a needle and thread. Several methods for each type of seam will be shown, so you may also create a sampler of extra techniques. Both decorative and functional stitching techniques will take your slow-fashion wardrobe to the next level, and add an element of meditative calm to your sewing.
An understanding of basic sewing principles will be helpful. You will need to have your pieces (front and back only, skip any facings) cut out before start of class.
Supply list will be emailed to students.

Block printing+ Stenciling for Textiles 
Cal Patch | 2 hours

In this workshop we will explore simple techniques for printing and stenciling on fabric with readily available materials, found at your local grocery or art supply store. We will carve our own stamps and print on a variety of fabrics, and everything we do will be easy to repeat at home. These skills will prove useful for all sorts of textile projects! All supplies included.

Materials Fee: $5

Crochet Rag Bag + Basket 
Cal Patch | 3 hours

With the most basic of crochet skills (chain and single crochet stitches) you can make your own fabric bags, bowls, vessels and baskets out of any textile you like! You will learn how to wield a jumbo hook, join your strips, and make a variety of shapes of containers. Make one for every room in your house, and they make an ideal housewarming gift too! We all have excess textiles floating around our houses, that could be made into beautiful and useful objects and spared from landfills, so why not learn how? Students must know at least chain and single crochet stitches*.

Supplies: Jumbo crochet hook (a few sizes in range of 12-20mm or P/Q/S), 1 or more yards of woven fabric (cotton sheets, yardage or scrap). 1 or more T-shirts to cut up, sharp scissors.

*If you need to learn /brush up on chain and single crochet, Cal has an online class

Darn It!
Cal Patch | 3 hours

We will learn two ways to mend socks: traditional darning for smaller holes and crochet darning for bigger ones. Whether you try to do it invisibly or artfully, you’ll extend the life of your favorite woolies by knowing how to darn them.  Students should know the single crochet stitch.

*Two or more socks, sweaters or other knit items with a hole (can be hand or machine knit, or crocheted)
*Small amount of comparable-sized yarn to what the original is knit from (probably between fingering and worsted), can be matching or contrast. If you don’t have yarn for darning with, Cal will bring an assortment, but a good match is unlikely. 
*Tapestry needle (or any needle with a large enough eye for yarn)Small crochet hook (C/D/E/F)

Intro to Wheel Spinning
Casey Ryder | 6 hours

In this class, you will learn the basics of wheel spinning – drafting, creating a singles, and plying a 2-ply yarn. 

Starting with understanding the mechanics of a wheel and working our way through different wools, your hands will become familiar with drafting and how twist + fiber = yarn!  By the end of class, you will have created a two ply yarn!

Materials Fee:  $25 for wheel rental and fiber

Macrame Plant Hangers Casey Ryder | 3 hours

For the plant nerd and textile nerd alike!  Combine your love of texture, color, and nature in this functional exploration of knots.  Yes, macramé was big in the 70s, but it’s back, baby!  And it’s as groovy as ever!
Materials Fee: $10

Needle Felted Succulents
Casey Ryder | 3 hours

Perfect for the non-committal plant owner, this introductory felting class will teach you the basics of needle felting while you make your very own potted succulent.  Wool succulents are even more tolerant of novice plant owners than the real deal!  Once you learn how to sculpt wool with a felting needle, you’ll be able to create your own designs. 

Materials Fee: $5

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