Come join us for a week of fiber-filled fun in beautiful Washington, Maine. Whether you knit, crochet, spin, felt, dye, or weave, or if you’ve always wanted to learn how, this is the place for you! Enjoy the company of fellow fiber enthusiasts while you spin by the fireplace or knit in rocking chairs on the porch of our lodge. Collect natural dyestuffs around camp and dye your own yarn and fiber. Most of all, relax and enjoy the beauty and magic of Medomak.
Meet the instructors:
Originally from Louisville, KY, Dana Fadel moved to Portland to pursue her love of weaving through an internship at the Portland Fiber Gallery. Most of her passion about weaving, however, comes with teaching others. Recently, Dana received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to study at the Marshfield School of Weaving in Vermont for the summer of 2014. She also loves to embroider and crochet, but has yet to learn how to knit. You can check out Dana’s work at her Etsy shop: LoomCall.
Bill Huntington is a fiber artist and the owner of Hope Spinnery, a wind-powered fiber mill in coastal Maine. Self-taught, he learned to knit and purl before moving to his grandmother’s secluded homestead in Vermont over twenty years ago. In Vermont, his talent matured exponentially and Bill is now a well-known figure in the field of fiber arts. He has a deep passion for his trade as a knitter, spinner, and designer, and is continually fascinated with the world of color and pattern. A native of Harpswell, Maine, for the last twelve years he has settled in the small town of Hope, in Maine’s mid-coast region. In Hope, Bill has focused on the successful creation and development of Hope Spinnery. Bill now pursues his fiberinterests as a full time career as well as an everyday pastime.
Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and fiber artist from Portland, Maine. Her patterns have been published with Quince & Co., Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, and Twist Collective. When not spending every waking moment designing, she works behind the scenes for Brooklyn Tweed and dabbles extensively in weaving, spinning, dyeing, needle felting, and wet felting. There is also probably a flock of sheep in the future. And some goats. Maybe a llama. Check out Bristol’s designs on Ravelry.
Casey Ryder is a spinner and knitter living in Portland, Maine. Casey has always been interested in art and crafting and gets to continually explore the world of fiber as the owner of PortFiber in Portland, Maine. In her spare time, when she’s not spinning or knitting, she likes to read fantasy novels, eat good food, ride her bicycle, and spend time with the great people in her life.
Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist and teacher who specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over the country. Her teaching style reaches out to novices but her knowledge is enough to keep experienced mushroom hunters and fiber artists engaged. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes for over 10 years. To read more about the full spectrum of color that can be obtained from fungi, visit her website http://mycopigments.com/.
Rachel Bingham-Kessler is a natural dyer and educator living on Peaks Island, Maine with her husband Jubal, newborn son Rónán and 4 chickens. She creates handspun and plant dyed yarns with Maine wool for her Etsy shop, 44Clovers, teaches workshops in natural dyeing, and writes for Northern Journeys Magazine where she has her own column celebrating Maine’s vibrant fiber community. You can find her on Instagram at 44clovers and at 44clovers.com.