Vermont Colored Wool Retreat 2017


The perfect time of year to visit Vermont and to indulge in colorful foliage in a pastoral setting while indulging in fiber arts.

This Fall join Kaari, Tammy and Meleen, along with Molly, Mogull and Kana as we gather together for a fiber arts workshop retreat in Southern Vermont. Wool inspired workshops will include natural dyeing, eco-printing, fibre weaving, wool appliqué, and more.

Guests are hosted at Meleen & John Dupré’s charming homestead in Arlington, Vermont. Participants will be wined and dined in the quaintest & coziest of accommodations.

About Kaari Meng of French General:

Kaari Meng began French General 20 years ago in the back of her home in New York & then moved into a retail space, and has since branched out into workshops taught worldwide, written books, curated collections and developed products from jewelry to ephemera to crafting supplies and kits. Her indigo and shibori workshops inspire and sell out from the South Street Seaport

in New York City to sunny Santa Paula, California to the South of France.

Kaari’s shop & workspace, French General, on Riverside Drive in Los Angeles, is home to a line of quilting fabric and patterns for Moda, interior fabric for Fabricut, a collection of steel-rule dies for Sizzix and embroidery floss palettes and samplers for Cosmo Floss. Read ‘Scraps about French General’ on her blog “The Warp and the Weft.“

Kaari will be joined by Molly and Mogull who will join in on the fun, bring the French General pop-up shop, as well as teach a workshop on wool appliqué.

About Tammy White of Wing and a Prayer Farm:

Tammy is Shepherdess/Proprietress of Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont where she raises fiber flocks for breed specific farm yarns & fleeces. The farm is home to alpacas, Angora goats, Shetland, Cormo, Merino & Cotswold sheep & numerous other flocks and herds from poultry to ponies. Tammy has been an educator and led events on the farm and in other venues for the past 20 years, teaching what she knows, from the kitchen: pie-

baking, preserving and canning foods, to the field: homesteading & farming lectures, to the workshop: natural dyeing, fiber and textile arts.

About Meleen Dupré & Kana Conger:

Meleen & Kana will fuss over you at the two charming homes where you will be staying in either a single, double or loft room, surrounded by carefully curated collections and a warm spirit. The (pet-free) homes afford relaxing by the fire, stitching or journaling on the porches, and extra crafting space in the large crafting room. You’ll be walking distance to nearby historic Arlington, the hometown for Norman Rockwell & Dorothy Canfield Fisher, a getaway destination for those wanting to explore pastoral countryside and covered bridges. You’ll also be driving distance to Manchester, home of Robert Todd Lincoln’s ‘Hildene’ elegant homes, outlet shops and a variety of eateries and restaurants.

Meals are simply and deliciously prepared by Meleen & Kana.

Farmer Tam, when not tending the animals or teaching workshops, will be in her farmhouse kitchen baking homemade pies, scones, biscotti, muffins and other treats. In-season ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible.

A great peek at last year’s retreat can be seen by looking at #vermontcoloredwoolretreat on instagram.


Thursday morning- if you fly into Albany, NY, we’ll pick up at 11:30 and head straight to Meleen’s where there will be a welcome lunch at 1pm. We’re in the Southwest corner of Vermont, about a 4-hour drive from NYC and if you train into Albany, we can pick you up there, also.

Thursday through Saturday: creative days on the farm and in Meleen’s barn experimenting with natural dyeing of wool & fabric, warping looms & weaving with our prepared fibers, and additional crafting of jewelry & wool appliqué.

Sunday: Breakfast & farewell, checkout of Meleen’s by 11 a.m..

Farm tours and country air for recalibrating your traveling soul, coffee & breakfasts on the porch or in the great room at Meleen’s places, moveable feasts on the farm for lunches and family style dinners. But also, plenty of time for area outings including treasure hunting in antique and junk shops, tag & estate sales, shopping the farmer’s markets or other local discoveries.

Special guests are always dropping in – you never know who you’ll meet in Southern Vermont

Guaranteed you’ll fall in love with a lamb or a goat or an alpaca or two on the farm.


Three nights & four days of accommodations, food and drink, workshops. Gift bags from our sponsors.

An inspired gathering at these prices: Single 975.00
Double 900.00
Loft 875.00

Airport pick-up is 58.00

Dress is comfortable & casual, farmyard flair is always welcome but not necessary, and if you don’t have a pair of boots or shoes for the farm, we’ll help you rummage a pair (you’ll want to let us know your size ahead of time.) Slippers for padding around indoors. Light coats, fleeces,

sweaters &/or shawls for cool evenings in Vermont (September can act like summer, or it can act like autumn, we never know!)

If you’d like to come or have questions, email us at

Registration is limited to 18 participants. Can’t wait to hear from you!

4 responses to “Vermont Colored Wool Retreat 2017

  1. I sure do hope to get accepted to come! Ever since I saw all the photo’s from last fall’s event I have been dreaming of coming to this event this fall. I love French General so much that this will be my third event with them in 2017. I sent Meleen an email.

  2. I e-mailed Meleen for a single room!!!! Please let me come again! I miss you guys

    • Laurie! Thanks for contacting me! I hope you made the connection with Meleen!!!!

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