Vermont Colored Wool Retreat

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, French General’s Kaari Meng & Wing & A Prayer Farm’s Tammy White will join together to lead a 3-day/4-night fiber arts workshop in Southern Vermont. 

Nearby at Meleen & John Dupré’s charming homestead in Arlington, VT, participants will be wined and dined in the quaintest & coziest of accommodations.

About Kaari Meng:

Kaari Meng began French General 19 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, CA to the South of France. 

Kaari’s shop & workspace,  French General, on Riverside Drive in L.A., 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.

About Tammy White:

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.  Meleen commutes from Long Island, NY to keep her Vermont homes well loved.  Kana hails from Nashville and is our gregarious, industrious team leader when it comes to getting the hard work done with laughter and flair.  Pitching in wherever a hand is needed, pausing to stitch and chat with everyone else if she can, she’ll have every one of us speaking with a drawl before the weekend is complete.

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 the past events at Meleen’s with her co-host Charlotte Lyons would be to read ‘MELEEN AND CHARLOTTE’S VERMONT GETAWAY‘ and you’ll get the flavor/feel for the Vermont Getaways.

Itinerary, specific & general:

More specific:  Sunday afternoon -if you fly into Albany, NY, we’ll pick up at 3:00 and head straight to Meleen’s where there will be a welcome happy hour and then evening gathering for dinner. 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.

Monday through Wednesday:   creative days on the farm and in the crafting rooms experimenting with natural dyeing of wool & fabric, warping looms & weaving with our prepared fibers, and additional crafting of jewelry & print-making. 

Thursday – Breakfast & farewell, checkout of Meleen’s by 11 a.m..

In general: 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.

Particulars:

Four nights & 3 days of accommodations, food and drink, workshops & transportation for outings, including trips between the Farm & Meleen’s.  Gift bags from our sponsors.

An inspired gathering at these prices:

Single 975,

Double 900,

Loft 875

Airport pick-up is 58.

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!)

A Special Note:

The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival will be September 24 & 25 in nearby Greenwich, NY(It is a half-hour drive from the farm/Meleen’s.)  You may want to come early to take in this wonderful event at the historic Washington County Fairgrounds where there will be 120 vendors, demos, workshops, fleeces, yarns, roving, and so much more.  If you should be inclined to attend, let us know and we’ll be happy to make recommendations for local accommodations for the weekend.

If you’d like to come or have questions, email us at vermontcoloredwoolretreat[at]gmail.com. Registration is limited to 17 participants. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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