2018 Artsy Fartsy Knit Dyeing Retreat

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.
Deposit of $100 holds your spot for this retreat today.
$325 for three day workshop. Lodging not included.

TOPIC: Learn how to dye wool yarn with dyestuffs from natural plants in the garden, fields, and grocery stores.

This is a low key, relaxing, non-stressful knitting retreat vacation in beautiful rural Vermont USA.

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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.

We will provide all supplies for this retreat and if you would like, you can bring your own plants or have them shipped to us before the retreat.

Provided:

  • 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

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Class Limit 8 students

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). 

Sheep to Shawl Location
Sheep to Shawl, LLC | 315 Elm Street | Barton, VT 05822

Location
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
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Flying
The closest airports are Burlington, Vermont (2hr drive), Manchester, New Hampshire, (4hrs drive) or Montreal, Canada (2hr drive)

Train
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

*Breakfast & Dinners (may be included with your lodging. Please ask establishment.) are NOT included. We will provide a catered lunch for all three days of the retreat.

**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.

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Lodging is on your own (suggestions below). We have some wonderful options for staying in B&B’s, Cabins, Lakefront Inns, & Camping. Don’t forget to check out Air B&B where you can rent a whole home or just a room. We are located in the Northeast Kingdom in the Northeast corner of Vermont. Newport, VT is to the North of us (20 min drive) and Saint Johnsbury is to the South of us (30 min drive).

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.

Suggested Lodging

Lakeside Haven Inn & Cabins
76 Maynard Dr
Glover, VT 05839
Price: CALL
15 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
more info

Lakeview Cabins
662 South Barton Rd
Barton, VT 05822
Price: $125
5 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
more info

Crystal Lake Cabin
105 Bellwater Ave.
Crystal Lake
Barton, 05822
Price: $135 sleeps 4
4 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio.

Comfort Inn & Suites Near Burke Mountain, Vermont
703 US Rte 5 South
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Price: $129 +
30 minutes to Sheep to shawl studio on Interstate.
more info | visit website

AIR B&B
Cabins, Rent Rooms, Whole House
Price:$72 + a night
more info | visit website

WilloughVale Inn and Cottages on Lake Willoughby
793 Vermont Route 5A South
Westmore, VT 05860
Price: $95 – $205
15 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio.
more info | visit website

Wildflower Inn
2059 Darling Hill Rd
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Price: $195 +
30 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
more info

The Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast
2507 Vermont
Rte. 100
Lowell, VT 05847
Price: $119
25 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio.
more info

Estabrook House & Inn
1596 Main Street
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
Price: $125 +
30 minutes away from Sheep to Shawl studio
more info

The Pine Crest Motel & Cabins
1288 Barton – Orleans Rd.
Barton, VT 05822
Price: $83 +
6 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio.
more info | visit website

CAMPING
Belview Campground
620 Eastern Ave
Barton, VT 05822
Price: RV $40 | Tent $30
3 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
more info

Will-o-wood Campground
227 Will-O-Wood Ln
Brownington, VT 05860
Price: ??
15 minutes to Sheep to shawl studio
more info

Tree Corners Campground
95 VT-58
Irasburg, VT 05845
Price: $41
15 minutes to Sheep to Shawl studio
more info