Arrive: August 16th, 2018 Thurs. Evening
Leave: August 20th, 2018 Mon. Morning
8 Students, 1 Teacher, 3 Full Days of Teaching
Workshops are Fri., Sat., & Sun. in our local knitting studio.
Workshop deposit of $100 holds your spot for this retreat today.
$325 for three day workshop. Lodging not included. Balance due before July 16th, 2018.
TOPIC: Learn how to dye wool yarn with dyestuffs from natural plants in the garden, fields, and grocery stores. Supplies provided.
This is a low key, relaxing, non-stressful knitting retreat vacation in beautiful rural Vermont USA. We will be dyeing at Sheep to Shawl Knitting studio on two acres in the small village of Barton, VT.Questions?
Learn how to hand dye, hand paint, self stripe, kettle dye fibers with semi solids that coordinate or contrast to produce wonderful results. You can create wearable art.
Your teacher will be knitter, author, artist, and mentor, Donna Druchunas.
We will have undyed yarn and samples here, and you can bring a skein of something you love to toss in the depots, too. We will have dried dye materials, spend time picking plants in the garden and nearby fields, and you can also bring your own plant materials to dye from as well. Learn to dye your own yarn with basic tools and supplies. We will be doing some backyard dyeing on our 2 acre property in wonderful Northeast Vermont in the village of Barton, VT. 1 mile off of exit 25 on I-91. 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Our newly remodeled yarn store and classroom (located in our 140 year old farmhouse) will be open for learning and relaxing.
Learn how to dye wool yarn with dyestuffs from natural plants in the garden, fields, and grocery stores. We will have undyed yarn and samples here, and you can bring a skein of something you love to toss in the depots, too. We will have dried dye materials, spend time picking plants in the garden and nearby fields, and you can also bring your own plant materials to dye from as well.
You can bring additional skeins of undyed wool or other protein fiber yarns to dye at the retreat. You can also bring dried flowers, roots, onion skins, or other dyestuffs with you.
Please note: We will NOT be dying with indigo at this retreat. That is a completely different process and we will have a separate indigo retreat in the future. In case of bad weather and crop failure during the spring, we will have natural dye extracts on hand.
Beginners Welcome! Local Vermonters Welcome.
- All pots, pans, buckets, gloves
- Some natural yarns for testing
- Outside burners
- Plants or natural dye extracts
- Tables for striping, painting with dye, and more
What to bring:
- An apron to catch dye splatter
- Old clothes to wear
- Your own plants (not required & if coming by plane, not suggested)
- Something to knit
- Your own natural yarn (we will have some on hand included in workshop fees)
- and most of all, your inner picasso
Prices include morning snacks and locally-catered lunch plus a possible excursion to a local farm or spinning wheel manufacture.
What will you learn and make?
Day 1: Prep yarn samples and skeins, mordant them (to prepare them for dyeing).
Mordanting prepares the yarns to adhere to the dyestuff. We will use several different mordants and discuss the safety and environmentally (un)friendliness of the different options. We will mordant both yarn swatches and yarn skeins to prepare them for dying on Day 2.
Day 2: Go foraging for dyestuffs. Cook up dye pots and make reference color samples and dye your skeins. Hang skeins to dry.
We will work with purchased dyestuffs as well as plant material picked for the garden and nearby fields. We will first dye the yarn swatches and then our skeins. Then we will hang up our skeins to dry.
Day 3: Re-skein your dry yarn and cast on for a project! If you have more yarn to dye, we can prepare some additional mordant and dye-pots.
Schedule subject to change. Schedule is flexible with possible excursions to a local alpaca farm or spinning wheel manufacturer (time & weather permitting).
This retreat is held in the Sheep to Shawl Studio & Store in Barton, Vermont. We are located in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont USA. Easily accessible one mile off Interstate 91 exit 25. 20 miles south of the Canadian border. In a recently remodeled studio & store with a classroom that can hold 8-10 people. Parking is on site. Come take a vacation and see the views. Meet Donna Druchunas in her local studio farmhouse.
Sheep to Shawl Studio
315 Elm St
Barton, VT . 05822
Amtrak stops in Waterbury, Burlington and Montpelier Vermont, each about two hours away by car.
At this time we can not provide transportation to and from the Airport or Train stations.
Driving by car to the village of Barton, Vermont
- Burlington, Vermont (2hrs)
- Montreal, Canada (2hrs)
- Boston, Mass (4hrs)
- New York City (7hrs)
- Portland, Maine (3 1/2hrs)
- Baltimore, Maryland (9 1/2hrs)
- Cleveland, Ohio (11hrs)
Payment & Terms
The 2018 Artsy Fartsy Knit Dyeing Retreat
at Sheep to Shawl Knitting Studio in Barton, Vermont.
8 Students 1 Teacher
3 Full Days of Teaching
Arrive: August 16th, 2018 (Thurs)
Leave: August 20th, 2018 (Mon)
- Please call for your lodging ahead of time and as soon as possible. Info in the lodging tab above.
- Workshop fees: $325 (USD) Includes handouts, misc supplies, knitting surprises, yarn, mailings, teacher fees and use of the facilities.
- Lodging is paid separately to the establishment you are staying at.
- Workshop Fee Terms: Balance is due one month before the first day of retreat on or before July 16th .2018. Limited to only 8 people. If you cancel, you are responsible for filling your spot for this retreat. Your deposit is transferable to another person. If we fill your spot before July 16th, 2018 with our waiting list or by you, we will refund your $100 in full. If you cancel after July 16th, 2018, your deposit is non-refundable.
TERMS & CANCELLATIONS
**In the unfortunate event that Sheep to Shawl should have to cancel a class for any reason, all fees, including deposits, will be fully refunded in a reasonable time.
***The costs of any travel arrangements you may have made will not be reimbursed. Please be sure you know your cancellation fees for your airlines or lodging.
Food is on your own with the exception of our catered lunch. We have many breakfast and dinner options within a 30 minute drive. Parsons corner is down the block from Sheep to Shawl Studio with hometime rural feel. They serve an excellent breakfast.
Dinners can be found in Newport & Saint Johnsbury Vermont. Please ask for options.
Barton Vermont offers a full service pharmacy, post office, fully stocked grocery store, auto store, two banks with 24hr ATMs, gas station as well as an electric car charging station. These locations are located within walking distance to Sheep to Shawl studio, 2-3 mile walk.
Local Vermonters are welcome to attend.
76 Maynard Dr
Glover, VT 05839
15 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
Crystal Lake Cabin
105 Bellwater Ave.
Price: $135 sleeps 4
4 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio.
620 Eastern Ave
Barton, VT 05822
Price: RV $40 | Tent $30
3 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio