Fiber Classes & Retreats
Experience life on a Vermont sheep farm in a beautiful setting while taking fiber classes with friends.
2013 Fiber Retreat and Class Schedule
Natural Dye Class
An introduction to using locally growing plants as natural dye material. We will spend the morning gathering plants and flowers to use as dye material. Our dye baths will brew while we enjoy lunch on the porch. After lunch, the magic begins as we dye sample skeins of yarn! Bring your own lunch. (If these dates do not work for you, we are happy to schedule a custom dye class just for your group.)
$75 (includes sample skeins)
Friday, July 12, 2013
Please contact us to register
Hand Painted Yarn (in the morning) Needle Felted Chair Pads (in the afternoon)
Hand paint yarn in the morning and needle felt a chair pad in the afternoon! Explore color as you handpaint a skein of our sock yarn. Learn how to apply and set the dye in your yarn. The Needle Felted Chair Pad class allows you to create your own whimsical or folk art design by needle felting colorful roving onto a piece of pre-felt fabric. You will also learn how to wet felt the pads to make them more durable. Methods for adding trim will be discussed. Register for both classes or just take one. All materials included in class fee.
10am-12pm Handpainted Yarn - 1pm-3:30pm Needle Feltedn Chair Pads
June 10, 2013
$30/person for one class - $60/person for two classes
Please contact us to register
Sip & Stitch
We will host Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting, yarn sampling, and felting! The fiber studio will be open to try some Vermont wines and our 2013 yarns. A mini workshop on making felted wine bags will run throughout the afternoon. Purchase your favorite skein of yarn and bottle of wine before heading home. Prices for wine and yarn purchases vary. Pack your knitting bag, grab a friend, and head to Grand View Farm. (Please car pool as parking is limited.)
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Wine Tasting $6.00 includes a free wine glass
Yarn Sampling FREE
Felting Workshop $20 Please contact us to register. Click here for more information.
Family Mural (June-September)
Spend an entire day at the farm with your family and create a wonderful mural to take home! Needle felting and wet felting techniques will both be incorporated into your mural. We provide all materials-you provide a family and creative energy! (Families may consist of 2 to 5 people, one of which must be an adult. They need not be related and could be friends, grandparent and grandchild, mom and dad, or one parent with a child. Each family creates one mural.)
10am - 2:00pm Saturday, July 6, 2013
Bring a picnic lunch.
$65/family (up to 5 people) Includes all materials.
Please contact us to schedule.
Vermont Weaver's Retreat (June-September)
Stay three nights in our Bed & Breakfast, and have full access to our fiber studio in our 150 year old barn. Spend three glorious, uninterrupted days at a loom working on your own project. We provide a comfortable, elegant bedroom, full country breakfast, afternoon snack, loom and warping board. You provide the yarn for your project and weaving expertise. You will have a choice of an antique barn loom, 22 inch table top loom, 24 inch floor loom, or 45 inch floor loom. This retreat is appropriate for experienced weavers only.
$575 for three days, including private bath, breakfast, afternoon snacks, and studio use.
(plus VT rooms & meals tax)
Each weaver may bring one additional non-weaving adult free of charge.
Contact us to make your reservation today!
Fall Knitting Retreat
Join designer Becky Herrick for an intimate knitter's retreat at Grand View Farm nestled in the heart of Vermont. The retreat starts Friday night with a trunk show of Becky's designs and Vermont wine tasting. Over the next two days Becky will teach three sessions covering the skills needed to knit her Grand View Gansey. These skills (channel island cast on, diamond and twisting cables) will be condensed into a pair of fingerless mitts. By the end of the weekend you will have completed a mitt (or two) and learned all the skills necessary for the Gansey. In between classes Becky will be available for knitting assistance as well as joining in for other retreat activities.
September sits on the cusp between summer and autumn and is a perfect time to experience the rolling countryside and small family farms of Vermont. Besides knitting time, the retreat will include a nature walk with Becky and Kim. Knitters will also be welcome to visit the farm animals and the fiber studio on site. Off site activities include antiquing, horseback riding, farm visits, dining at chef owned restaurants, and attending a country fair in Tunbridge, Vermont.
Skills needed for class: Knit, Purl, and simple knit/purl combinations, one type of cast on and bind off, familiarity in working in the round with dpns, circular needles, or preferred method.
$325/person for a shared room and shared bath
$375/person for a private room and shared bath
$65/person for a day student (Meals and wine/cheese tasting for additional fee.)
Email to register or if you have questions. Price includes knitting class, 2 breakfasts, wine tasting, cheese tasting, skein of yarn, 1 farm dinner, 1 lunch on the farm, and room rate. Participants responsible for all other meals.
Click here for more information and a Knitting Retreat Schedule of Events.
If you would like overnight accommodations, please contact us.
Let us customize a fiber retreat for you!
Our farm provides the perfect location for custom fiber retreats. Our B&B sleeps 4-6 people and provides an intimate setting for those wanting an overnight farm experience along with fiber classes. We are happy to customize fiber classes or retreats for your family or group. It is as simple as choosing your date(s) and the skill you would like to learn!
-hand painting yarn
Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery
Fresh Tracks Farm produces bold reds, luscious rose's, and flavorful white wines from 14 acres of winter hardy grape vines. As a producer of maple syrup, they also ventured into maple syrup dessert wine, which is made entirely from maple sap, and embodies a true taste of Vermont. They love what they do, and love even more to share it with you! Please join us for our Sip & Stitch July 27 and sample a little of Vermont goodness!
If you are unable to attend a fiber class at the farm, Kim will be teaching fiber classes at other locations this spring and summer and would love to have you join her.
Wild & Woolly Weekend
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Braided Mug Rugs
Needle Felted Chair Pads
The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill Resort & Spa
Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts
August 12-16, 2013
Introduction to Fiber Arts for Children-Throughout the week, children will be introduced to the world of fiber arts, giving them the skills they need to further pursue their favorite activities on their own. This week long class will provide children with time to explore the fiber arts. Instruction in natural dyeing, carding, spinning, weaving, and felting murals will help develop an awareness and appreciation for the heritage arts.