November 12 2017
Beeswax + Stitches at Wing and a Prayer Farm
Using naturally dyed fabrics from the Sugarhouse Workshop stash and naturally dyed cotton thread, we’ll work together to make sweet quilted potholders or tea mats. Spend a little time designing and sewing your quilt square, then relax into the meditative process of hand stitching with linen, cotton, and wool. Several stitches will be demonstrated from functional and simple sashiko-inspired stitches to more decorative, illustrative stitches. At the end of our afternoon, you’ll have a small mat or potholder to add color and love to your handmade kitchen, and the inspiration and skills to make more for winter gift-giving.
All fabrics and materials will be provided.
With beeswax from the Wing & A Prayer Farm honeybees, we’ll prepare eco-friendly food wraps made with organic cotton and a few simple stitches. These easy to prepare wraps keep your food fresh and are reuseable, longlasting, and smell like honey! Learn how simple it is to make the world a better place by using and reusing natural materials in your kitchen.
For a bit of whimsy and aromatherapy, we’ll also dip cones into the bees’ wax for ornaments and room fragrance. Go home with your own kitchen goods or gift them to loved ones and be inspired in your seasonal making.
Email hello@wingandaprayerfarm to register for the afternoon. Class size limited to 8. Workshop cost, includes materials, refreshments and tutelage: $100.
september 10 2017
Sourdough + Apple Butter at Wing and a Prayer Farm
Using homegrown wild yeast, learn to bake wholesome, rustic loaves of sourdough bread in your own home kitchen. Learn how to tend a sourdough starter, choose your tools and ingredients, and develop the skills you need to foster a bread baking practice.
While the bread is rising, Tammy White of Wing and a Prayer Farm will teach us to make and can apple butter from her heirloom varieties just outside the farmhouse windows.
Workshop attendees will leave with bread and apple butter, recipes, sourdough starter from Jessica's kitchen, and a naturally dyed linen bread bag.
july 23-28 2017
Slow Fashion Retreat with A Gathering of Stitches
During this weeklong beachside retreat in Maine, I will be teaching participants how to add love and color to their handmade and upcycled garments using natural dyes. Alongside pattern-drafting workshops with Cal Patch, and Katrina Rodabaugh teaching her beautiful and useful mending techniques, this is sure to be a special week of making and learning in the name of more personal, more thoughtful, and more sustainable wardrobes.