Classes+Field Trips

2020 Classes include knitting, weaving, spinning, natural dyeing, embroidery, crochet, felting, patchwork and more, and will be posted very soon! Thanks for your patience as we finalize some details!


Weaving a Life: Bowl  | Cathi Belcher  | 6 hours
Weaving a Life: Amulet  | Cathi Belcher  | 3 hours
Rustic Dream Catchers  |  Cathi Belcher  | 3 hours
Zentangle Prayer Flags  |  Cathi Belcher  |  3 hours
Lichen Dye Lab  |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hours
Natural Dye Intensive |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  6 hours
Punch Needle Sampler  |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hours
Braided Rug Sampler |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hours
Nuno Felted Scarf  |  Eva Camacho  |  6 hours
Felted Lace  |  Eva Camacho  |  3 hours
3D and Seamless Felted Vessels  |  Eva Camacho  |  6 hours
Contemplative Writing for Makers | Katherine Ferrier  | 2 hours 
Shawl Shapes  |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
Winterlong Cowl |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
Introduction to Brioche |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
Brioche and Dip Stitch |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
Crochet 101 |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Gaga for Granny Squares |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Darn It! | Cal Patch | 3 hours
Embroidery for Knit and Crochet |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Crochet Pattern Primer :: Wingfeathers Shawl |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Block Printing and Stenciling for Textiles |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Intro to Wheel Spinning | Casey Ryder | 6 hours
Macrame Plant Hangers | Casey Ryder | 3 hours
Needle Felted Succulents | Casey Ryder | 3 hours
Toe Up Socks, Knit to Fit 101 |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
Beginning Drop Spindle Spinning |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
Get it Together with Grafting  |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
Totally Tubular: Casting On + Casting Off |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours


Weaving a Life: Bowl  | Cathi Belcher  | 6 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 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 Maine fiber artist 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.


Rustic Dream Catchers  |  Cathi Belcher  | 3 hours
Dream Catchers are traditionally handmade artful objects of indigenous cultures, made from hoops of willow branches or vines such as bittersweet or grapes. They are woven with string or sinew to create beautiful, protective circular webs, and may also include sacred decorations such as feathers, shells, stones, beads and charms. Traditionally used as protectors to ward off evil spirits or keep away bad dreams, they can also be beautiful pieces of art to hang in windows or on the wall. In this 1-session class, we will each make a dream catcher.  Vines and string will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring objects such as beads, feathers, shells, etc. to embellish their finished pieces.
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.


Lichen Dye Lab  |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  3 hours
Join me in exploring what lichens are, where to find them, and how to best prepare them for dyes on your wool and silk fibers. We’ll follow ecological collection methods to collect samples for keying out lichens. We’ll learn the three lichen dye methods including how to quickly identify dye lichens in the field. There will be light walking through the woods.
Materials to bring:

  • 4 oz white 100% wool yarn at your desired weight for sample dyeing. You will be breaking this skein up in class. Store bought or hand spun. 
  • 1/4 yard 100% white or cream silk fabric. You will be breaking this up for sample dyeing in class. Any desired weight of silk fabric.

Natural Dye Intensive |  Rachel Bingham-Kessler  |  6 hours
Take your natural dyeing a bit further. 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 that you prefer. If you prefer, you can stick to one color and one fiber type). As we‘ll be doing oodles of sampling, having a variety will make it more it fun for you.
  • a 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 hours
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 hours
In this class, you’ll learn how to give your old clothes, sheets and fabrics a new life as a braided rug! Think of a few pieces you may have that have fulfilled one purpose, but you’re not sure what to do with them next. 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
scissors
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. Do not worry about perfection, as all imperfections get hidden once the fabric is braided. Make vertical slits, about 1”long in both ends of each strip.


Nuno Felted Scarf  |  Eva Camacho  |  6 hours
Create a nuno felted scarf, combining merino wool and silk. Learn how to lay out fine merino wool on silk and how to roll and manipulate the wool until it goes through the silk. Take home a beautiful, silky scarf to wear in any season.
Material fee: $50.00 kit that includes: 3 yards hand-dyed silk, 2.5 oz. hand-dyed merino wool, olive oil soap, mosquito screen, pool noodle. Bring 2 old towels.


Felted Lace  |  Eva Camacho  |  3 hours
Learn how to create a felted “lace” sample by combining merino wool, silk and tencel. You will learn techniques such as laying out very fine and thin amounts of protein and plant based fibers, how to roll and manipulate the wool until it creates the lace effect. The result will be a beautiful and silky surface that you later can apply to make a scarf that you can wear during any season of the year.
Material fee: $25.00 kit that includes: 1.5 oz. hand-dyed merino wool, 1.5 oz. tencel, olive oil soap, mosquito screen, pool noodle. Bring 2 old towels.


3D and Seamless Felted Vessels  |  Eva Camacho  |  6 hours
Create a 3-D felted piece such as a vessel or similar structure. Learn basic techniques or wet felting over a resist to create a seamless shape. After the felt is done, learn other techniques including stitching and or/ beading to add embellishments. 
Materials fee: $15.00 kit that includes: 3 oz. hand-dyed merino wool, resist material, olive oil soap, mosquito screen, pool noodle. Bring 2 old towels.


Contemplative 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 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 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.
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.


Shawl Shapes  |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
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. 
Experience needed:knitting, purling, increasing.


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. 


Introduction 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. Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.
Materials and homework: Approximately 70 yards of smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and US 7 needles for swatching and practicing. 


Brioche and Dip Stitch |  Bristol Ivy  | 3 hours
What do you get when you combine brioche and dipping? No, not fondue.  Instead, you get a beautiful surface ornamentation that wonderfully compliments and softens brioche’s inherent structure. In this class, we’ll learn the techniques necessary to work the Discord and Rhyme hats and get started on one of our very own.  
Experience needed: must have taken Introduction to Brioche with me and/or have previous experience with 2-color brioche.


Crochet 101 |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Crochet is an endlessly versatile technique for making hats, scarves and sweaters, not to mention amigurumi, sculpture and rugs. In this class we will learn the basic stitches: chain, single, double and triple crochet. If time permits we can tackle increasing/decreasing, and how the basic stitches combine to form stitch patterns. With the foundation skills learned, you’ll be able to hook up a scarf, cowl, rectangular wrap, or many other simple projects.
Materials: smooth (not bumpy or fuzzy) yarn, preferably wool in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches), in either worsted or bulky size; a crochet hook (G or H for worsted, J or K for bulky)


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 stash-busters 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!
Materials: 

  • assorted scrap yarn 
  • compatible hooks

Experience: Students must be comfortable with their stitches (at least chain, single and double crochet).


Darn It! | Cal Patch | 3 hours
Hole-y socks and sweaters shouldn’t be cast away, they should be mended! We will learn two ways: 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. You might have so much fun, you’ll actually be happy to see a new hole in your most-loved and worn garments! 
Materials:

  • 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)
  • Scissors

Experience: Students should ideally know single crochet stitch.


Embroidery for Knit and Crochet |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
It’s easy to embellish and personalize your knit and crochet projects with a touch of embroidery. Cal will show you a variety stitches, from simple to elaborate, that you can use to add some flair to anything you make.
Materials: Scraps of yarn (fingering or worsted), tapestry needle, and a knitted swatch to work onto (can be old gauge swatches, cut from old machine-knit sweaters, t-shirts, or fleece)


Crochet Pattern Primer :: Wingfeathers Shawl |  Cal Patch  | 3 hours
Do you know the basic stitches, but find crochet patterns intimidating? Cal will demystify the process of working from both a written pattern, and a stitch diagram chart, using her own Wingfeathers Shawl as the project.
Materials:

  • One or more skeins of yarn for shawl, fingering or worsted
  • Crochet hook: E or F for sock, G or H for worsted
  • Notebook and pen

Experience: Students must be comfortable with their stitches (at least chain, single and double crochet).


Block Printing and Stenciling for Textiles |  Cal Patch  | 3 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


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: $10


Toe Up Socks, Knit to Fit 101 |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
Not all feet are shaped the same, so our handknit socks shouldn’t be either.  Let’s knit to fit! In this class you’ll learn and practice a simple toe up sock including cast on methods and the basic elements of a gusset heel. While you practice these skills into your class sample, I’ll teach you how to create the best fit possible for your feet! This includes my favorite techniques and “pro tips”.  This First Steps class is a hands-on, workshop ideal for beginner sock knitters. You’ll learn-as-you-stitch in a relaxed atmosphere with time to knit what you’ve learned.  We’ll use heavy weight yarn to practice getting the most out of your sample.  Your class handouts and in-class notes will support you to continue once you head home. This class is appropriate for beginners who have worked in the round with knit and purl stitches on Magic Loop Method or DPNs. Pre-requisite skills: Knitting in the round, basic increase and decrease stitches. Previous toe-up sock knitting experience is not required.  

Materials to bring:

  • Homework swatch: knit a stockinette swatch (knit flat OR in the round) to a size of 3×3” (8×8 cm); using the yarn and needles you’ll work with in class (magic loop or DPNs)
  • Circular needles with 32″ or 40″ cord length in size US 5 (3.75mm) or
    size US 6 (4mm) OR Double pointed needles size US 5 (3.75mm) or size US 6 (4mm)
  • At least 100g of a smooth worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend with
    smooth plies)
  • 2-4 removable (locking) stitch markers
  • Notebook / note paper and pen

Experience:
Students should be comfortable with knitting in the round, either with Magic Loop method or double pointed needles; knitting basic short rows; knitting basic increases such as KFB or YO


Beginning Drop Spindle Spinning |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
In this beginner’s class, I’ll teach you how to use spinning’s simplest tool, the drop spindle. With your spindle and some bits of fluffy fiber, I’ll show you how to prepare and create handspun yarn! This is a hands-on, learn-as-you-go workshop, ideal for those who have never done any kind of spinning before. In a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll learn, practice, and repeat steps to get more comfortable. You’ll learn about beginner friendly fibers, how to draft wool for spinning prep, and how to create strong lengths of beautiful yarn.  All your class supplies will be provided, including your own drop spindle and buttery fiber to play with in class and at home. I’ll share my experiences as a beginning spinner and help you troubleshoot common issues with practical, repeatable fixes. We’ll focus on forming good spinning habits for your body and your budget. This class is appropriate for any level beginner and easily accommodates those with average to high physical mobility. No previous spinning experience is required.
Material fee: $20 includes spindle, fiber, and handouts


Get it Together with Grafting  |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
In this class you’ll learn how to bring your knitting together in beautiful, seamless ways! I’ll teach you 3 different grafting methods that will give you an invisible join for both stockinette and garter stitch fabrics. We’ll discuss and practice techniques you can use in your sock knitting, hat knitting, sweater seaming, and more! Perfect your Kitchener stitch; learn an easier method for grafting stockinette from the purl side; and master the art of garter stitch grafting.  This is a hands-on workshop style class with discussion, tips and tricks, troubleshooting, and skill building on repeat! Using your swatches and plenty of practice time, you’ll leave with the confidence to Get it Together!
Materials to bring:

  • Homework Swatches 
    1. Knit 2 x Stockinette stitch sample pieces; each is knit flat, CO at least 30 stitches and knit for 3” with last row of stitches on waste yarn (ready for grafting); block your swatches to flatten them out
    2. Knit 2 x Stockinette stitch samples tubes; each is knit in the round, CO at least 30 stitches and knit a 3” long tube with last round of stitches on waste yarn (ready for grafting)
    3. Knit 4 x Garter Stitch sample pieces, each knit flat to dimensions of 3” long by 5” wide (CO at least 30 sts) wide with last row of stitches on waste yarn (ready for grafting); block your swatches to flatten them out
  • Two (2) sets circular needles with 32″ or 40″ cable length in size US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (5mm) OR Double pointed needles size US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (5mm)
  • At least 25g of a smooth worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend with
    smooth plies) in the same color as your homework swatches
  • At least 25g of a smooth worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend with
    smooth plies) in a contrasting color to your homework swatches
  • A darning needle (tapestry needle)
  • 2-4 removable (locking) stitch markers 
  • Notebook / note paper and pen

Experience:
Students should be able to knit stockinette and garter stitch patterns both flat and in the round, be able to recognize the stitches within stockinette and garter stitch patterns, and have a basic understanding of how to use a tapestry needle with yarn in a project.


Totally Tubular: Casting On + Casting Off |  Marceline Smith  |  3 hours
This class covers two key elements of a handmade project, the foundation and the finish. You’ll learn two methods for a Tubular Cast On and two methods for a Tubular Bind-off to give your projects that polished look!  These methods are all suited to nearly every garment and accessory project where a stretchy edging is ideal. With practice you’ll execute them all with ease! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn-as-you-stitch; we’ll work multiple samples, I’ll demonstrate tips and tricks, and you will have plenty of time to practice.
Materials to bring:

  • Homework swatches: 2 swatches knit in the round of at least 4”x4” NOT bound off (leave the stitches on waste yarn); One swatch should be knit in 1×1 ribbing (K1, P1 around), the second swatch should be knit in 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2 around) Two (2) sets circular needles with 40″ or 47″ cable length in size US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (5mm) OR Double pointed needles size US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (5mm)
  • At least 100g of a smooth worsted weight yarn (wool or wool blend with
    smooth plies)
  • A crochet hook size E, F or G
  • A darning needle
  • At least 32” of smooth plied waste yarn (cotton or similar smooth fiber)
  • 2-4 removable (locking) stitch markers
  • Notebook / note paper and pen

Experience:
Students should be comfortable with making knit and purl stitches for stockinette and ribbed stitches, and ribbing in the round with the Magic Loop method or double pointed needles.