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Fiber on the Porch - Demos & Workshops

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Nezinscot Farm

284 Turner Center Road

Turner, ME 04282

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Come visit the fiber studio staff for the summer fiber on the porch!

Our staff will be hosting live demos throughout the summer with the option to join in and book a private lesson or class.

Cost: $20/hour plus materials. Most classes being 2 hours with materials being from $8 to $15. People can either purchase materials at the farm or bring their own!

NEW Classes!

Tapestry Weaving with Found-Object Looms

Ages: 8 and up. Great for families!

Skill level: Beginner; no experience with weaving required.


Wool yarn, a variety of weights, colors, and textures

Cotton/linen tapestry yarn

Large darning needles

Beater combs (can also use hair combs)


Objects to transform into frame looms:

Some examples—picture frames, embroidery hoops, baskets, books, forked tree branches


This workshop is focused on teaching basic techniques of tapestry weaving using unconventional, found-object looms. The main requirement for all types of weaving is for thread to be held under tension; many materials and devices can be used to weave thread into fabric, including common objects in the home and yard. In lieu of looms with harnesses and treadles, we will be transforming objects such as books, picture frames, baskets, books, and forked tree branches into handheld looms for weaving small tapestries. Workshop participants are invited to bring such objects from their home to experiment with, but this is not required.

Introductory Plant Dye Workshop

Ages: 12 and over

Skill level: Beginner; no experience with dyeing or fiber arts required


Pots and burners

Wool yarn and felts/fabric, scoured and pre-mordanted

Lines and clothespins for hanging

Alum mordant

Iron mordant

Lac extract

Madder extract


Onion skins

Rubber/latex gloves

Dust masks

Cotton thread/rubber bands for binding yarn and felts/fabric

Safety pins and markers for participants to label their fibers

Plant matter/flowers for bundle dyeing


This workshop offers an introduction to dyeing wool yarn and felts with plant-based dyes, sourced commercially (in powder form) and locally (in our kitchen!). Participants will engage in a brief overview of natural/plant dye history, as well as dyeing techniques specific to wool and alum and iron mordants. Everyone will leave this workshop with samples of dyed yarn, felt, bundle-dyed fabric, and a guide on plant/kitchen waste dyes and where to find them.

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Nezinscot Farm

284 Turner Center Road

Turner, ME 04282

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