I am happy to be teaming up with Kacie Lynn of Fiber Farm and Nadene Mairesse of Idyllwilde to offer you a two-day immersion in the art of indigo dyeing and slow stitching. We have collaborated on this effort to provide a beautiful and relaxing environment for you to learn about these textile traditions, whether you are experienced or an absolute beginner.
The retreat will begin on Saturday morning, June 23rd at Fiber Farm as we welcome you at the farmhouse with coffee, tea, and light snacks. Following introductions we will head outside for a day of dyeing fabric, yarn and threads. You will learn how to create a ferrous indigo vat, as we share our recipes and tips for making and maintaining a balanced indigo vat. I will have pots of locally foraged plant-based dyes on hand to experiment with, as we conjure up color combinations for our stitching project.
We will break for lunch, provided by local food maven Paige Thompson. When you sign up for the retreat, you will have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, we’ll make sure that there is something delicious for you at every meal.
After lunch we’ll take a walk around the farm and I’ll introduce you to my humble herd of alpaca, pair of miniature donkeys and single lady sheep Penelope.
Aaron and Nadene will be teaching you various methods of creating resist patterns on your dyed fabric using traditional Japanese shibori techniques of binding, stitching and clamping. You will have time to experiment with different fabrics and patterns, as you develop ideas for your stitching project, which may include stitching a small wall hanging, quilting a potholder, embroidering a patch to mend your jeans, or hand stitching a small pouch.
Our first day will end with a delicious dinner at the farm, followed by music around the bonfire, featuring Tim Higgins.
Sunday, June 24th we will begin with breakfast at the farmhouse, followed by stitching demonstrations, discussion, and practice. Aaron and Nadene will show you some hand stitching techniques, including sashiko, embroidery, mending and simple construction. The dye pots will be available to use on Sunday, but our focus will be on creating a small project using indigo and other plant-dyed fabric and hand stitching.
We will wrap up the weekend around 5pm with tea and coffee at the farmhouse as we say our farewells.
Please note that arrangements may be made to accommodate those who would like to arrive on Friday evening.