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Indigo Dye and Slow Stitch Retreat
Indigo Dye and Slow Stitch Retreat
Date: June 23 + 24
Location: Fiber Farm (251 10th Street Tracy City, TN 37387)
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM (both Saturday and Sunday)
INDIGO DYE AND SLOW STITCH RETREAT
I am happy to be teaming up with Aaron Sanders Head and Nadene Mairesse of Idyllwilde to offer you a two-day immersion in the art of indigo dyeing and slow stitching. We have collaborated on this effort to provide a beautiful and relaxing environment for you to learn about these textile traditions, whether you are experienced or an absolute beginner.
The retreat will begin on Saturday morning, June 23rd at Fiber Farm as we welcome you at the farmhouse with coffee, tea, and light snacks. Following introductions we will head outside for a day of dyeing fabric, yarn and threads. You will learn how to create a ferrous indigo vat, as we share our recipes and tips for making and maintaining a balanced indigo vat. I will have pots of locally foraged plant-based dyes on hand to experiment with, as we conjure up color combinations for our stitching project.
We will break for lunch, provided by local food maven Paige Thompson. When you sign up for the retreat, you will have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, we’ll make sure that there is something delicious for you at every meal.
After lunch we’ll take a walk around the farm and I’ll introduce you to my humble herd of alpaca, pair of miniature donkeys and single lady sheep Penelope.
Aaron and Nadene will be teaching you various methods of creating resist patterns on your dyed fabric using traditional Japanese shibori techniques of binding, stitching and clamping. You will have time to experiment with different fabrics and patterns, as you develop ideas for your stitching project, which may include stitching a small wall hanging, quilting a potholder, embroidering a patch to mend your jeans, or hand stitching a small pouch.
Our first day will end with a delicious dinner at the farm, followed by music around the bonfire, featuring Tim Higgins.
Sunday, June 24th we will begin with breakfast at the farmhouse, followed by stitching demonstrations, discussion, and practice. Aaron and Nadene will show you some hand stitching techniques, including sashiko, embroidery, mending and simple construction. The dye pots will be available to use on Sunday, but our focus will be on creating a small project using indigo and other plant-dyed fabric and hand stitching.
We will wrap up the weekend around 5pm with tea and coffee at the farmhouse as we say our farewells.
Please note that arrangements may be made to accommodate those who would like to arrive on Friday evening.
Ticket Price ($280) Includes:
All meals (Saturday morning snacks, lunch and dinner + Sunday breakfast and lunch)
Snacks and beverages throughout the weekend
Camping accommodations, with access to farmhouse water and bathrooms
All supplies and materials
An indigo starter kit for you to take home, with printed instruction pamphlet
Illustrated pamphlet on shibori techniques
If you are traveling from out of town, you are most welcome to come stay with us here on the farm. Choose a primitive campsite located in the shade of the trees down by the creek and make yourself at home! Water and electricity is available a short walk away at the barn in case you need to charge your phone or refill your water bottles. An outhouse style compost toilet is also on site.
[camping is FREE with the purchase of ticket]
If you prefer a bit less rustic experience, the front of this old farmhouse is set up to host 4 folks in a bunk house type setting. You will have a private bathroom and entry/exit to the house, and also access to the shared kitchen in case you need it.
[ $40/person/night, first come, first served. Please contact me directly to reserve your spot]
LOCAL AirBnB OPTIONS:
There is also a selection of AirBnb options that I have personally been to and can vouch for.
The Moonshine Runner's Cabin is located right down the road in Tracy City and is a 5 minute walk to the farm. It is owned and operated by the wonderful folks who make all the delicious treats at the Dutch Maid Bakery; word on the street is they deliver baked goods to all their guests.
Right outside of town, is Camp Mountain Lake Retreats that offers a view of Grundy Lakes State Park. This space would be a good option for a group as it can accommodate up to 6 people. Camp Mountain Lake Retreat is conveniently located 3 miles from the farm.
I have yet to visit this particular Cabin but the owner is a wonderful local woman who I highly respect, so I know that this is a special spot and will serve as a wonderful option for a weekend resting place.
If hotels are more your thing, the Smoke House in Monteagle (12 minute drive) offers both individual rooms and cabins on the property.
There is also the option of staying at the Sewanee Inn (16 minute drive) that is located on the stunning campus of the University of the South.