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

Ancient Threads: Spinning Primitive Wools

Larson,_Kate_NordicWools3We often think of primitive breeds as producers of fleece that is harsh and wild—the opposite of the finely tuned Merino. However, this isn’t always the case; they can also be buttery soft and full of personality. Handspinners are able to make use the the many qualities, characters, and gifts these fleeces have to offer. Join us as we explore breeds considered primitive, yet have been shaped by their relationships to humans. We will explore different examples of common breeds such as Icelandic, Shetland, and Finnsheep. You’ll also have a chance to experience a few breeds that have unique histories and textile uses: Navajo-Churro, Jacob, and Soay.

On Saturday afternoon, we will dye our locks, skeins, and fabrics in natural dyes. Madeline will guide us through some basics with onion skins and a variety of Montana-foraged lichens and plants. Join us as we explore the wide range of coarse to fine fibers, bulky to fine yarns, and multi-purpose textiles we can create with these special fibers.

 

  • Kate will share some of the history of each breed, and guide you through preparing, spinning, and sampling each one for different textile purposes.
  • Together we will each create an organized notebook with your samples, notes, and locks. It’s painless—we promise!
  • As we explore breed after breed, we will focus on technical spinning skills to make the best use of these fibers: 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!

**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.


IMG_0056Restorative Yoga

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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