2022 Classes

MEDOMAK MEMORY CLOTH: ECO PRINTING
Rachel Bingham Kessler | 3 hours
Eco printing is a technique that transfers plant colors and shapes onto cloth. To me there is nothing quite like sealing in a place like Medomak. Creating eco prints of a landscape I love has become a treasured practice of mine. Using eco printing techniques, we’ll create several botanical prints on silk and/or wool cloth that you can use in endless projects. We’ll venture on a short walk to forage our colors, and collect plants and leaves to make our prints.


NATURAL DYE INTENSIVE
Rachel Bingham Kessler | 6 hours
Take your natural dyeing to the next level! In this workshop, we’ll be focusing on indigo, cochineal, and a yellow plant local to camp. You’ll learn how to prepare mordants, modifiers, and vats to create and blend colors for a wide palette and create sample 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


INTRODUCTION TO SPINNING FLAX
Rachel Bingham Kessler | 3 hours
Have you been curious what spinning flax might be like? Or have tried it and would like a few pointers? In this class, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to keep your flax smooth and even during the spinning process. We’ll also discuss how flax is grown, processed, and how it becomes white. (Spoiler alert: it’s not grown that way!) Students should have a basic understanding of spinning, and how to use their wheel. 
Bring your wheel, a hand towel and a shallow dish.


PUNCH NEEDLE SAMPLER
Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hr
Punch needle is a super simple form of embroidery which uses a large needle-like tool to punch loops of yarn into your chosen fabric. In this class, you’ll design your own sampler to later be used for a cushion, or seat pad.
Materials to bring: assortment of yarns and weight, any colors, and 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.


Scrappy String Diamonds
Sarah Bond | 6 hours
Got lots of Scraps and don’t know what to do? We’ve got something fun to do! Join me for an easy sewing project designed to use up your scraps, spark your creativity, and rev up your sewing mojo. This variation on a traditional string quilt encourages you to dig into your scrap bin and find those beautiful bits you couldn’t bear to throw out. Combine them on a paper or muslin foundation to create jaunty rows of diamonds in any color combination you choose. You’ll get a pattern in the size of your choice (pillow, mug rug, table runner, wall hanging or larger quilt) and be able to finish your piece during the week. You should be able to thread your sewing machine without any assistance, and have basic machine skills.
Materials: 
Fabric scraps! (there will be plenty on hand to share as well)
2/3 yards each of 2 background fabrics for a total of 1 1/3 yards for the lap or baby size 1 ½ yards each of 2 background fabrics for a total of 3 yards for the larger quilt 
sewing machine in good working order
thread
fabric and paper scissors
batting 
backing fabric
safety pins


Scrappy String Oven Mitts
Sarah Bond | 3 hours
Here’s an easy sewing project designed to use up your scraps, spark your creativity, and give you some cute and fun oven mitts to replace those tired burnt up ones you have at home. It doesn’t take too much time and the results are lots of fun. You’ll have the option to piece scraps together on a foundation, use up your orphan blocks from other projects, or both! This is a great project for upcycling old garments or other textiles. Pattern (a free download from Bombazine) is provided. You should be able to thread and use your sewing machine without any assistance. 
Materials: 
Muslin (or any fabric or upcycled denim) for foundation, and lining
Fabric scraps 
Wool and/or batting for insulation
Optional:  Insul-bright (special product that provides heat insulation). 
Basic sewing supplies
sewing machine in good working order
thread
fabric and paper scissors
Pearl cotton, embroidery thread or hand quilting thread if you want to quilt together your layers by hand.
Materials will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. 


EMBRACING MYSTERY: QUILT MAKING + CYANOTYPE PRINTS 
Katherine Ferrier | 5 hours
In this workshop we’ll work with themes of light and dark, shadows and ghosts, and collaborations with the unknown, as we learn how to make prints on fabric using the magic of cyanotypes. We’ll take inspiration from the land, collecting shapes that call to us in the form of leaves, sticks, flowers, or feathers, and practice deep listening with some guided journal prompts. Once we make our prints, we’ll use the fabric to make a small quilt, adding stitches as another layer of meaning. Along the way we’ll explore elements of composition, design, embracing mistakes, and the basics of quilt making. 
Materials fee: Kits will be provided for a fee of $15, and include treated fabric for prints, batting, and backing fabric.


FRICTION & TRANSFORMATION: MAKING A FELTED BOWL
Katherine Ferrier | 5 hours

In this class we’ll learn the basics of wet felting and make a simple, seamless small bowl or vessel by transforming wispy wool roving into a durable structure using water, soap, and a bit of agitation. Along the way, we’ll marvel at the many metaphors of how things come into being, how friction helps new forms emerge, and how patience is a practice where transformation is concerned. No previous experience with felting necessary. Please bring 2 large, old towels, an apron and/or wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit wet
Materials fee: Kits will be provided for a fee of $10


MAKING, BEING, AND BEING MADE: WRITING FOR MAKERS
Katherine Ferrier | 2 hours
If making is a practice of paying attention, what can we learn about ourselves, and the world, by tuning in to the layers of meaning and metaphor embedded in every thread of our lives as makers? How is making its own kind of making sense? How does what we make in turn make us? This workshop is one part making, one part meditation, and one part contemplative/ creative writing. We’ll begin with some quiet, meditative handwork, (sewing, stitching, spinning knitting, drawing, etc) each tending to our own work. From this place of deep listening and connection, we’ll work with a variety of writing prompts that will act as invitations into memory, metaphor, and meaning. There will be space for sharing our writing with each other so that we might deepen our appreciation of how our personal stories are interwoven with and connected to the world around us. No formal writing experience is required. Please bring some 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. Simple stitching/embroidery materials can be provided for those in between or without projects for a materials fee of $5. 


SEW A HAND STITCHED SHIRT
Cal Patch | 6 hours
For many it’s difficult to find the time and space required to make sewing on a machine a regular habit. Embracing handwork means you can stitch up garments whenever you have a few spare minutes, or on the couch at night while watching a movie, and carry a project with you so you always have it. Amazingly, you might find you can finish a hand-sewn garment sooner than a machine-sewn one! We will work with a pattern (see supply list for options) 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. No prerequisite skills, though 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.

Supplies needed:

  • Pattern for simple top (see list below)
  • Fabric: light-to-medium weight woven cotton, linen or blend. Quantity as indicated for your size** on pattern, but 2 yards is probably sufficient for most. Solid fabric is best to see your stitches, but print is ok too.
  • Front and Back pieces ALREADY CUT OUT of your fabric (no need for any facings included in pattern). Please use simplest version with no added seams or sleeves!
  • Fat quarter or approximately 12-18” square of similar or same fabric (could be a scrap left over after cutting) for sampler
  • Bias tape, 1 yard of ½” single-fold, can be self-made or packaged
  • All-purpose thread, can be contrast (to see your stitches) or matching
  • Hand-sewing needles in a few sizes, or your favorite size
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Marking tool (chalk, wax or pencil) and ruler
  • Optional: Thimble

Please use one of the following patterns:
Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic: drafted in a previous class with Cal, or from her online video class, or tutorial found on her website (NOTE: please just do the simple version without the seam and pocket): 
https://calpatch.com
Lou Box Top https://www.sewdiy.com/shop/lou-box-top-pdf-pattern
Fen Top https://fancytigercrafts.com/products/fen-pdf-pattern
All Well Box Top https://www.etsy.com/listing/713038843/all-well-box-top-sewing-pattern-hacking
Wiksten Shift Top https://shopwiksten.com/products/womens-modern-shift-dress-top-sewing-pattern (NOTE: please use simple version without gathered back seam)
Maya Top https://www.etsy.com/listing/206020747/pdf-maya-dress-and-top-sewing-pattern
Shirt No. 1 https://shop.100actsofsewing.com/products/100-acts-of-sewing-shirt-no-1-sewing-pattern

**These are loose-fitting tops, so you should be fine to choose the size called for according to your measurements. But if you are very concerned about a perfect fit, you may wish to machine-stitch a muslin/fit sample first to confirm size.


STITCH IT: EMBROIDERY BASICS
Cal Patch | 3 hours

Adding a touch of embroidery can turn nearly any plain thing into an art piece or heirloom. You can stitch on clothes, your handknits, home goods, accessories and other textiles you’ve made yourself, or bought pre-made. By embellishing on these items, you can make gifts more personal, commemorate events, hide mending or stains, or just give a tired old item a new life. We will learn 12 different classic embroidery stitches and experiment on a free-form sampler, or a project of your choice. Once you know how, you’ll want to add a touch of stitched decoration to everything you own, make or give. No prerequisite skills.

Please bring: a fat quarter or approximately 18″ square of woven cotton or linen cloth (gingham works great) for your sampler, embroidery floss and needles, and some small scissors. You can also bring knit swatches, yarn for stitching with, and a tapestry needle if you’d like.


GAGA FOR GRANNY SQUARES
Cal Patch | 3 hours
Learn how to work a classic granny square, the basis for endless possibilities, which can look vintage or modern. Granny square projects are ideal stashbusters too! Use them as building blocks to create blankets, garments and accessories. Several methods for joining will be covered, including my favorite: Join-As-You-Go. It’s never been so hip to be square!
Prerequisite: Students must be comfortable with their stitches (at least chain, single and double crochet).
Bring: Assorted scrap yarn and compatible hooks. Worsted weight is perfect, with a G or H hook, but any size yarn can work.


VISIBLE MENDING + DARNING
Cal Patch | 3 hours
Mending is an essential part of maintaining your handmade or Slow-Fashion wardrobe, and patching and darning are your key techniques. Cal will show you 2 different ways to patch a hole in woven garments: Overlay and Reverse Applique, various stitches that work for each method, and when to use them. Then we will mend a hole in a knitted garment with traditional darning. Whether you try to do it invisibly or artfully, you’ll extend the life of your favorite woolies by knowing how to darn them. Traditional darning works well for smaller holes or areas that are worn thin. You might have so much fun, you’ll actually be happy to see a new hole in your most-loved and worn garments! No prerequisite skills.
2 items (woven or T-shirt) with holes to be patched, or a piece of fabric to become a “mending sampler”
Scraps of woven and knit fabric for patches
Hand-sewing needles in a few sizes
All-purpose, buttoncraft, or top-stitching thread
Embroidery floss
Pins
Scissors
A sock, sweater or other knit item with a small (about 1.5” or less) hole to be darned (can be hand or machine knit)
Small amount of comparable-sized yarn to what the original is knit from (probably between fingering and worsted), can be matching or contrast
Tapestry needles in a few smaller sizes (or any needles with a large enough eye for yarn)


TO THE SIDE: EXPLORING SIDEWAYS SHAWLS
Bristol Ivy | 3 hours
Sometimes it’s fun to turn things on their tail. That’s where sideways shawls come in! Creating asymmetrical shapes and beautiful drape, sideways shawl shaping is an unexpected twist on traditional constructions. In this class, we’ll explore a few different sideways constructions, then figure out what makes them tick. By the end, you’ll have the skills to create a sideways shawl of your own design! Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing.
Materials and homework: Please bring around 200 yards of light-colored, smooth dk or worsted weight yarn, US6-7 [4 mm-4.5 mm] circular needles, and stitch markers.


BLOCKING
Bristol Ivy | 2.5 hours
Most knitting patterns will finish up by saying “block to measurements”. But what does that mean? And should you steam block? Wet block? What about blocking lace versus blocking cables, or texture, or stockinette? Should you block before seaming or after? We’ll talk about different options for different fiber, garment, and fabric types, and then get some hands on experience with blocking different swatches and some finished items. Bring anything with you that you’d like to block and we’ll talk about your options! Note: all participants will be provided with a short lace pattern to knit for their blocking swatches. Please bring this swatch, which can be knit in any material of your choice.


FIT THAT KNIT
Bristol Ivy | 3 hours
How do you pick a sweater size? How do you calculate positive ease? How about negative ease? And really, have you ever tried to measure your own bicep? Each of these tasks can be a stumbling block on the path to knitting your own garments. In this class, we’ll develop a comprehensive set of measurements for our own bodies that we can reference for future sweater knitting. In addition, we’ll talk about how we can use the sizing info included with patterns, and pick the perfect size to start knitting your new favorite sweater! Please note: this class will be based on body positivity. All sizes and shapes are welcome, and no self-criticism or shaming is allowed. All bodies are worthy of a well-fitting sweater!
Please wear: a comfortable t-shirt that fits snugly. This is also a perfect class to take with a buddy since we’ll be helping each other with our measurements!
Please bring: a measuring tape, any garment patterns you are interested in knitting, and one or more of your favorite garments (hand knit or commercially made) that you love the fit of. Optional: a standalone calculator (most phones have built in calculators these days).


FROM THE TOP: EXPLORING TOP DOWN SHAWLS
Bristol Ivy | 3 hours
There are a few different main classifications of shawl shaping, each with its own personality and possibilities. In this class, we’ll explore top-down shawl construction, where the shawl starts with a small number of stitches at the back neck and works outwards to a grand finale of a hem. We’ll try a few traditional constructions, and then uncover the math behind them that lets us make these shapes our very own. Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing.
Materials and homework: Please bring around 200 yards of light-colored, smooth dk or worsted weight yarn, US6-7 [4 mm-4.5 mm] circular needles, and stitch markers.


SLIP IT, FLOAT IT, TUCK IT!
Bristol Ivy | 3 hours
Knitting is based off of two fundamental stitches, right? We knit, and we purl. But what happens if we. . . Slip? In this class, we’ll discuss how slipping (and slipping’s compatriots, floating and tucking) stitches instead of working them can lead to a pattern of their own and add texture, dimension, visual interest, and structure to our knitted fabric. We will start with a small swatch to understand the concepts, but by the end of class you’ll have the skills you need to create your very own slipped stitch masterpiece!
Materials: please bring 50 yards of smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles (typically US 7 [4.5 mm]-US 8 [5 mm]. Stitch markers may also be useful, but not mandatory.


LONGSTITCH LEATHERBOUND JOURNAL
Cathi Belcher | 4 hours
Hand Bookbinding is a slow, thoughtful process and an ancient art. In this 4-hour workshop, we will each make a small leatherbound journal, about 5”x8”x1”. Using quality paper we will create 6 signatures to be sewn together with waxed linen thread, and bound with leather or cloth. No prior experience is necessary. There will be both written instruction as well as in-person demonstrations for each step. Much of bookbinding is a methodical and mindful practice, but Cathi will intersperse the handwork with some sharing of her favorite inspirations for possibly filling your journal pages with, such as the Six- Word-Memoir, Haiku, and The Artist’s Way program, etc.
Materials Fee: $25, to cover paper, end boards, leather, bookbinding thread & needles, bone folder, awl, special glue & brush, razor knife and handouts. These materials are yours to keep if you want to continue making books on your own at home.


SLOW STITCH ZENTANGLE QUILT SQUARES
Cathi Belcher | 4 hours
Zentangle is a wonderful meditative drawing technique created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts (www.zentangle.com). It usually makes use of pen and ink on paper, but the process is easily adapted to cloth using fabric markers, sewing machines, or in this case, needles and thread. In this class we’ll learn to draw simple Zentangle patterns using  5 basic shapes. (If you can draw a dot, a line, a curve, an ‘S’ shape and a circle, then you can already create amazing Zentangle designs and just didn’t know it!).  Then we’ll draw designs on fabric using a chalk pencil, and embroider over these marks with needle and thread using a basic running stitch. Everyone will create a 12” x 12” quilt square which we will loosely assemble on a flannel board to look like a finished ‘quilt’. This class quilt collaboration will be on display at the end of the week, but you will be able to take home your own finished square.
Materials Fee: $25, includes an official Zentangle kit with paper tiles, markers, graphite & charcoal pencils, eraser & tortillion; as well as a chalk transfer pencil, fabric, needles & thread, and handouts.


WEAVING A LIFE: AMULET TO HOLD OUR INTENTIONS
Cathi Belcher | 4 hours
The Weaving a Life program, originally envisioned by Maine fiber artist Susan Barrett Merrill, can be approached on many levels, the most basic being simply handweaving beautiful & symbolic objects called Keyforms on a small portable Journey Loom. All seven of these art forms are common to most cultures throughout the world, and can become manifestations of personal meaning for anyone who creates them. In this 4 hour class we will weave an Amulet  on a 7-stick journey loom. The amulet is a whimsical and creative woven pouch we can wear like a necklace to hold our personal magic, innermost thoughts and small objects that hold particular meaning for us.  Amulet weaving may well be one of the most fun and creative of the keyforms. 
Materials Fee: $25, includes the use of a 7-stick Journey Loom and tool kit during class time, warp threads, weft yarn, beads and other embellishments, as well as all written materials and handouts.


HOUNDSTOOTH ON A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM
Casey Ryder | 8 hours
Rigid Heddle looms are a great option for the weaving-curious.  They take up less space than a harness loom, are easier to set up, and can be used to create beautiful fabrics and patterns, including houndstooth!
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up your loom, plan your project, and get started with your weaving.  We will meet on the first full day of the retreat, both morning and afternoon, and then you’ll be off and weaving.  Please count on 8-10 hours outside of class time to work on your project.  We’ll meet again at the end of the week to take our projects off the looms and apply our preferred finishing techniques. No experience is necessary, but you’ll need to be committed to weaving throughout the week in order to finish. Bring an idea for a small project – scarf, pillow, table runner, hand towel, etc.  
Fee: $15 loom rental. Yarn will be available for purchase or you may choose to bring your own


PORTUGESE KNITTING
Casey Ryder | 3 hours

Learn to knit with your thumbs!  And when I say knit, I mean purl…  
Portuguese knitting is a great technique for colorwork. The fabric is formed with the wrong side facing out and with the yarns tensioned around pins attached to your shirt. Instead of picking or throwing the yarn, you use your thumbs to create purl stitches.  
Because floats travel along the outside of the fabric, they are less likely to be worked too tightly – an often frustrating result with colorwork. We’ll be making a baby Best Check hat as a class sample/gauge swatch.
Bring two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn, 75 yards each.  (non-superwash wool is preferred for colorwork) or purchase a Harrisville Designs Shetland yarn kit from Casey. 
Fee: $18 for the printed pattern with Ravelry download + Portuguese Knitting Pins
(Optional) Yarn Kit: $24 for two contrasting colors of Shetland, pre-wound into balls.
Please bring: 9” US 5 circulars and DPNs


MACRAME PLANT HANGERS
Casey Ryder | 3 hours
House plants, house plants in the air!  House plants, house plants everywhere!  Plant hangers are a great introduction to macrame knots and they make for a sweet gift to your green buddies.  We’ll start off by learning some basic knots while making camp bracelets.  (It’s all coming back to me now!)  Then we’ll hop on over to knotting with larger cotton cord and make a full size plant hanger. 
No previous macrame experience is required.  
Materials Fee:  $30


WOVEN SCULPTURES
Sarah Sockbeson | 3 hours
In this workshop we will use traditional and non traditional techniques to create woven contemporary art pieces with no particular emphasis on utility or resemblance to what one might label a “basket”. We will use various fibers, including both natural and non natural materials, and follow our curiosity to explore new forms. The end product/ results will not be necessarily be considered a basket, but more sculptural in nature: a unique work of art! No previous experience with weaving or basketry needed.
Instructor will have ample materials on hand for a small fee.
Suggested supplies you may already have: 

  • Wood veneer sheets or strips 
  • Any type of yarn, cordage, rope
  • Wire, any type or gauge, including recycled old wires, cords or cables, coated or not, wire coat hangers
  • Heavy weight paper, wallpaper, any type of thick paper, card stock, vinyl, watercolor paper, folders, document holders (plastic or paper)
  • Sticks, branches, willow, reed, bark, root, grass, flax, pine needles, yucca, palm fronds any other type of fibrous natural harvested material leaves or renewable plant materials, prepared or not (the more flexible the better)
  • Plastic or composite that can be cut into strips or used as a rigid base material
  • Shopping bags of any kind, paper, plastic,
  • Fabric, burlap, reusable shopping bags, plastic coated, vinyl 
  • Old fabric scraps, (longer strips or pieces that can be cut or braided)
  • Any type of basketry or canning supplies 
  • Any type of fiber you can think of or enjoy working with
    Have fun using your imagination and pondering over the possibilities!


MAKING A WOVEN LAMPSHADE
Sarah Sockbeson | 3 hours
In this workshop, you’ll learn to make a light fixture/ lampshade, using several different weaving techniques. You’ll learn how to weave around a form to create a stable shape, using your choice of natural or manufactured/alternative materials. After you learn a few elemental techniques, you’ll experiment with different materials, noticing how each one responds, and make decisions based on your own sense of design and curiosity. No previous experience with weaving or basketry needed.
See materials list for suggestions of materials to bring. Instructor will also have ample materials on hand for a small fee.


WEAVING A SATCHEL
Sarah Sockbeson | 3 hours
In this experimental weaving class you will learn to make a satchel / carryall type of bag. Trying new things is the name of the game in this class, and you’ll be encouraged to use any combination of found, non traditional or alternative/ recycled materials. You’ll learn techniques that you can apply to make other forms and bags of your own design down the road. No previous experience with weaving or basketry needed. See materials list for suggestions of materials to bring. Instructor will also have ample materials on hand for a small fee.


INTRODUCTION TO BASKETRY
Sarah Sockbeson | 3 hours
In this introductory workshop, award winning Native American Artist Sarah Sockbeson will teach you the basics of basketry, opening the doorway to exploring this incredible fiber art form. You will learn several elemental basket weaving techniques using wild harvested fibers, and make a simple basket of your own design. No previous experience with weaving or basketry needed. This class will include a guided foraging walk around camp to gather materials with which to make your baskets.


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