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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.



Supplies:



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



Cotton/linen tapestry yarn



Large darning needles



Beater combs (can also use hair combs)



Scissors



Objects to transform into frame looms:



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



Description:


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



Supplies:



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



Turmeric



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



Description:



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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