2015 Fall Fiber Workshop Getaway

Fiber Farming in Southern Vermont, photo credit to Charlotte Lyons

Fiber Farming in Southern Vermont, photo credit to Charlotte Lyons

Enjoy an evening & 3 full days of fiber fun with lessons and supervised hands-on practice of needlefelting, handspinning yarn and hooking a wool rug sampler at Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, VT. Novice fiber-enthusiasts will build fundamentals, while experienced students can focus on improving and picking up new techniques. Everyone will go home with a needlefelted scene, spinning fiber stash and rug sampler using wool that was grown on the farm &  sourced locally.

On the evening of the 20th of September we’ll share dinner together on the farm and dessert will include homemade pie and a needlefelting workshop with Kathleen Meeks of Maybelle Farm.  Kathleen will demonstrate and teach the technique of needlefelting a scene using a felted sheet to build upon. She will supply the felted sheet, colored wool, needles, foam pad & everything to create your idea, you should study some pictures and bring a couple to use for reference.

On Monday & Tuesday, the 21st and 22nd, we’ll spend all day with Patty Blomgren,Gypsy Tinker.” Patty will cover the basic principles of spinning wool on a wheel. Students will discuss the characeristics of animal fibers – primarily wool, but also mohair & angora. We will learn about basic tools and equipment, about washing and carding or combing, yarn design and color and dyeing. There will be plenty of time spinning, as well.

On Wednesday, the 23rd, we’ll introduce you to basic rug hooking design & technique with Tammy White of Wing & A Prayer Farm & Meleen Dupre of Meleen and Charlotte’s Vermont Getaway. We will provide the monk’s cloth, the frames, hooks & wool yarn dyed specifically for this workshop. You’ll go home with a beautiful chair pad or sampler worthy of framing.

As a bonus, you will be welcome to enjoy walks about the farm and local country roads, self-touring to include Wing & A Prayer Farm’s fiber flocks: the alpacas, Angora goats, Shetland, Cotswold & Merino sheep and more. Many of our flock are very keen to snuggle with visitors, so make sure to bring along some boots for the outdoors.  Princess Peppermint is our “governor”, a 200-lb American Guinea Hog that lives, mostly, in the garden with our runner ducks.  The chickens, turkeys, Figaro & Xenia Marie(the white peafowl) will keep us alert with their clucking and crowing.  The house & barn cats love to snuggle with visitors and our 3 silly dogs are always lobbying for a game of fetch.

Dinner on the 20th will be at 5, with the first workshop following and into the evening.  On the last day, the morning of the 24th,  breakfast will be served before you pack your bags and are on your way, ‘checkout’ will be by eleven a.m..

Accommodations are provided at the Cottage next door at Wing & A Prayer Farm & all meals provided by Tammy at the Farmhouse(including our very popular pie for dessert, or breakfast if that’s how you roll!)

Total cost of a range of $605 for shared room to $655 – $675 for single includes: Workshop supplies & instruction – cozy accommodations at a beautiful, clean and gorgeous farm house on a country road, (just a 2-minute walk down the farm’s driveway), with view of the fields and mountains of Southern Vermont – & home cooked meals: dinner from Sunday through Wednesday evening, breakfast from Monday through Thursday morning, and lunch Monday through Wednesday. (All beverages & snacks are included.)

Transportation from nearby Albany  International Airport(one hour away in Albany, NY) or Rensselaer Amtrak Station (one hour away in Rensselaer, NY) can be arranged if you choose not to drive.

Accommodations and workshop space are limited.

Fresh air, starry nights, local beauty, & making new friends are on the house 🙂

Email Tammy at jtwhite5@me.com to inquire or register.

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porch rail pies, cooling under Schilling's watchful eye

porch rail pies, cooling under Schilling’s watchful eye

The horses in the backyard "park"

The horses in the backyard “park”

Kathleen Meeks

Kathleen Meeks teaching a needlefelting workshop

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Patty Blomgren's Spinning Workshop concluded with the arrival of "Mister K", the new lamb

Patty Blomgren’s Spring Spinning Workshop concluded with the arrival of “Mister K”, the new lamb

 

Spinning Workshop

Spinning Workshop

Debbie & SJ had patience and skill in demonstrating basic spinning. I tried to help, too, but they did the bulk of the work.

spinning in the aisles

Meleen Dupre & Tammy White to teach rug hooking workshop on Wednesday, September 23

Meleen Dupre & Tammy White to teach rug hooking workshop on Wednesday, September 23

This yarn from Lavender & Hester was spun for hooking rugs, in particular a special present for a wedding gift -This is our Cotswolds' offering.

This yarn from the farm’s Cotswold sheep,  Lavender & Hester was spun for hooking rugs, in particular a special present for a wedding gift.

Lavender & Hester make a pretty rug, don't they?

Lavender & Hester make a pretty rug, don’t they?

Lucy Tracy's Sampler Rug she made while in Vermont at "Meleen & Charlotte's Vermont Getaway" where she learned hooked rug technique with Meleen Dupre

Lucy Tracy’s Sampler Rug she made while in Vermont at “Meleen & Charlotte’s Vermont Getaway” where she learned hooked rug technique with Meleen Dupre, photo credit Lucy Tracy

Meleen Dupre teaches rug hooking with yarn

Meleen Dupre teaches rug hooking with yarn, photo credit to Charlotte Lyons

pretty wooly girls

pretty Shetland sheep

Jessie Olivia TB in paddock

Angora Goats Sunset

 

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