|Dawn stirring the pot of dye material|
|The first yarn samples are washed|
It was a busy 2 days with a lot of activities planned. Thank you to Carol, John, Dawn and Karen for planning the workshops for our guild.
|winding our alum mordant yarn skeins for dying|
Natural Dye WorkshopDawn lead off the day with 5 pots of boiling natural dye materials in the yellow to red range. The
|John is convinced to join in the dye adventure|
Saturday was a rainy day but with the shelter of the garage we were able to dye non stop all day.
|Melissa watches her skein become beautiful|
|Dawn the dye Queen at work|
|Clare was very organized and labeled each skein|
|pot of dye brewing|
|The Garage was full of beautiful colors|
|Laura tending her skeins|
|Laurie joined us from Seattle she was a happy dyer|
|my sample dye book grows|
Lots of smiles as the colors came out of the multiple pots of dye.
Birch Bark and Roots Basket workshop
|Workshop 2 Karen's sample and directions.|
|Heating our bark to prepare it for the tray|
|Busy at work|
|ready to add the Spruce root border|
|Laurie working on shaping the tray|
|Maddie sewing the sweet grass edge to her tray|
|finished tray with blown glass bead|
Slide show presentation by John of hiking the 'Camino' in Spain
|the stamps john collected on his pilgrimage to prove he completed the trek.|
What a peaceful and interesting pilgrimage this was. He carried a 20 lb back pack and stayed in hostels and hotels along the trail. A roll of paper that contained all the stamps of the locations along his route was required to prove he completed the trek.
The Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain. Legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried here. John started his trek in St Jean Pied de Port, in the French Basque Country, and made his way through the Pyrenees until arriving at Pamplona. Then on to Santiago, Spain .
He does admit to having sore feet from walking on the rocky trail from town to town. But was well rewarded with a great meal among other Pilgrims and a restful night sleeping.
An evening at the Marsin Retreat
Although we were all very tired after a long day we warped looms, wove on the looms and dried our yarn sample by the fire place. A few looms were set up for every one to try on day two of the retreat.
|wide rayon band on the Wave loom|
|Laura warping her Rigid heddle loom|
|Drying the skeins of dyed yarn|
|4 shaft loom|
Day 2 started with a knitting class presented by Clare.
|Melissa models a scarf knit with the linen stitch|
Clare's workshop was a question and answer class for knitters. Clare gave tips and techniques for those who took the class.
Clare is a talented knitter and answered many questions about yarns and techniques for the group.
Tea and Rust dye class presented by Carol
This is a fun and easy way to create a design on silk or linen material using tea bags, rusty metal items you can find at rummage sales or your own garage. Carol let use design two Linen napkins by laying out our objects on half the cloth. Then she treated the item with a mixture of water and vinegar. The next day we saw the results of our design.
|Napkin soaked in vinegar and water in a kitchen light bulb tray|
|Linen Napkin tea and rust dyed|
The afternoon on day 2 was devoted to a felting workshop with Laura
Laura felts with raw fleece and uses gauze for the base. This was interesting and created some lovely pieces of felted wool for use as pillows or other items you want to create with the cleaned fleece.
|Laura's sample pillow|
|Picking through the fleece and laying it out|
The ladies worked hard to set up their square of fleece. They then wet the wool with soap and water. the felting process was started with patting the wool on top of and under a bubble wrap sheet.
the next step was to roll the wet fleece in the bubble wrap and towel around a swim tube. This required a little muscle to get the proper felt to happen.
|Dawn and Laurie rubbing the sandwiched fleece|
Rolling and more rolling to get the fleece to felt. Sarah was helping Kathie with her wool.
Lots of smiles on those faces. We had a nice sunny day 2 and we were able to work outside for the felting workshop.
|rolling the wrapped fleece to felt|
|Laura testing the fleece to see if felt is complete|
|Melissa's finished felt|
Choosing the right projects to interest the next generation of Fiber Artists was presented.
|Sun comes out on day 2 to help dry our wool|
The give away table full of donated goodies
Books, magazines, whole fleeces, yarn spools and many other items to buy or take home.
From one stash to another, items quickly disappeared. Some of our attendees sold finished woven or felted items. A long and successful fiber retreat ended with a clean up and packing the cars for the trip home.
|lots of free items to take home|
|Even some items for sale!|
|Packed and ready for the long drive home.|