The Experience

Daily Schedule

All sessions are voluntary. (Schedule is subject to tweaking.)

Thursday Retreat
Open Studio! We thought the weekend went too fast, so we added an extra day for relaxing. Kate and Madeline will be available for fibery help, advice, and teatime cheer throughout the day. Come and go as you choose, work on a specific project, or just enjoy the day as a retreat. Depending on enrollment, we can schedule a yoga session with Kelly and meals at the hotel. This day is an optional addition and has a separate registration cost of $50.

Friday
Studio Morning: the classroom is open for you to make your spinner’s nest and hang out.
11am – 1pm – Arrival and check-in.
2pm – 4pm – Class with Kate.
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Yoga with Kelly.
6pm – 7pm – Dinner.
7pm – ? – Evening gathering: spinning, knitting, and help in the Bar.  Charkha night!

Saturday
8am-9am – Breakfast.
9am – 9:30am – Warm-up yoga with Kelly.
10am – 12pm – Class with Kate.
12pm – 2pm – Lunch. Free time for swimming, hiking, sitting on the veranda.
2pm – 4pm – Class with Madeline
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Yoga with Kelly.
6pm – 7pm – Dinner.
7pm-? – Evening gathering: spinning, knitting, and help in the Bar.

Sunday
8am-9am – Breakfast.
9am – 9:30am – Warm-up yoga with Kelly.
10am – 12pm – Class with Kate.
12pm-1pm – Lunch. Free time for swimming, hiking, sitting on the veranda.
1pm – 3pm – Class with Kate.
3:30pm – 4:30pm – Yoga with Kelly.


Fiber-Art Workshop

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Inspired by Tweed: Blending and Spinning for Vibrant Color

 

Tweed fabrics often draw us in with their complex colors and wooly texture. The subdued hues of most tweeds often begin as a collection of shockingly vibrant colors. Join us as we explore the intersection of easy color theory, spinning fibers, and history. We will use dyed locks, rovings, and combed tops to make our own blends and handspun yarns. You’ll have time to put test your handspun color explorations by knitting, crocheting, or weaving. Come play with color and fiber!

On Saturday afternoon, we will turn up the heat and start a few dyepots. Overdying with natural materials is a fabulous tool for unifying colors while preserving texture and undertone. Dunk your skeins and fabrics in Montana-foraged lichens and plants, indigo, and a few other things that Kate and Madeline are cooking up.

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Even plain, white woolly handspun can be given a tweedy look through resist dying.

 

  • Kate will share some of the history of tweed fabrics and different approaches, both traditional and modern, for achieving the tweedy looks we love.
  • Together we will each create an organized notebook with your samples, notes, and locks. It’s painless—we promise!
  • On Friday, we will focus on handcarding skills. Preparing fibers for spinning using handcards can be a pleasure, but many spinners struggle to find a method that feels effective and does not create pain. Kate, who did not love carding at first, will share the carding method that she uses to balance ergonomics, efficiency, and quality.
  • Throughout the weekend, we will cover technical spinning skills as we explore color: worsted and woolen spinning, double-drafting, lock spinning and texture techniques, and consistency issues.**
  • You will also have a chance to knit, crochet, weave, or embroider samples using these fibers. You can choose to create an elaborate project with just one fiber, work on small samples for each breed, or design a project the connects them all into one textile; Kate will show you how!
  • Supply list: Wheel or spindle, handcards, lazy kate. Optional: extra bobbins, knitting needles or crochet hooks in sizes you typically use, small looms, etc. If you need to borrow equipment, contact us as soon as possible!

**You don’t need to know what any of these terms are to join the group. See FAQ for skill level information. Email mindfulspinMT@gmail.com if you have questions.


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Our yoga classes are voluntary and inclusive of all body types and abilities. Whether you have never practiced yoga or are an experienced yogi, your level of participation is welcome. The focus of our yoga experience is restoration and relaxation.

Kelly answers a few questions about the yoga sessions she will lead in the Yoga FAQ. Email mindfulspinMT@gmail.com if you have questions.


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