As we look forward to our third annual make. wear. love. retreat on the coast of Maine this fall, we feel like the luckiest people in the world. We can’t wait to spend the weekend in Sebasco’s lovely surroundings, welcoming new faces and reconnecting with old, steeping ourselves in the best our craft has to offer.
These retreats are an oasis in time, not only for the attendees, but for us as well. It’s tough to describe the magic that happens each time as we let the rest of the world go and immerse ourselves in our people – but magic it is.
We hope you’ll join us at the third annual make. wear. love retreat: east coast edition. We’ll congregate in mid-coast Maine on October 1 – 4, 2015, at the Sebasco Harbor Resort.
The festivities will begin with an evening nosh-and-welcome reception on Thursday evening. The rest of your time will be a combination of full-day and shorter classes, lectures, evening events, a fantastic marketplace… …and of course, quiet downtime to knit with friends old and new.
We’re changing up the learning format a little bit this year! We know that you like both in-depth learning and time to sit an knit in gorgeous surroundings. So this fall we’re extending the schedule through Sunday evening, and offering a mix of one full-day session and three shorter classes. We’re very lucky to have three special teachers joining me to be your knitting guides for the weekend:
(Me, Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn of Kelbourne Woolens, Fiona Ellis, and Kim McBrien Evans.)
Excited yet? We are! Fiona, Kim, Courtney, and Kate represent an incredible powerhouse of knitting information and are wonderful teachers, all. (Not to mention the fact that they’re awesome people and fantastic to spend a weekend with.) We’ve made the curriculum exciting, but not exhausting – you’ll get one class with each of the four teachers. Three of them will be 3-hour classes, and you’ll get one full-day intensive with an instructor of your choice.
For each instructor, you’ll rank your order of interest in the classes. You’ll then also let us know your preferences for your all-day intensive teacher. We’ll place you in the classes you select on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Amy’s classes focus on sweater design – the numbers, and the visuals:
- Sweater Design Intensive. Want to learn how to make any sweater you can imagine? Amy has you covered in this design intensive course. We’ll cover both the “how” of sweater design and the “why”: Amy will take you through all of the different sweater construction styles and how to work the math for them. We’ll cover different neckline shapings and trims, adjusting body shaping for various effects, and different possible edge treatments. We’ll also talk about matching fabric and materials to silhouette, the freedom you have (and don’t have) in terms of including stitch patterning, and anything else you’d like to know about design. Want to make the sweater dreams in your head a reality? Look no further! (Full-day and 3-hour sessions available.)
- Anatomy of a Sweater. Quite aside from the numbers – how many stitches to cast on, where to work your shaping, and so forth – all sweaters are a combination of three basic ingredients: A fabric, a silhouette, and “bling”. In this class, we’ll talk through them all in the context of what makes for a sweater you’ll actually wear. We’ll cover materials: how to choose them to match your style, and how to knit them to their best advantage; silhouettes: which you might like based on your body shape, and successfully matching silhouette and fabric; and “bling”: how to ornament a plain sweater, swap out one stitch pattern for the other, and where to place them to keep the knitting easy.(3-hour only.)
- Courtney and Kate’s classes focus on color technique. Again, you’ll have your choice of two options:
- Beyond Stripes. In this class, we will focus on a number of ways to add color to your knitting. Techniques to be covered include Bohus knitting, Roositud inlay, Intarsia, and Embroidery. We will go over the history and common uses/applications, differences and similarities, and how to work each technique. Additionally, we will talk about designing, common design applications, best uses (i.e. when to use Intarsia versus Fair Isle) and ways to incorporate each technique into original designs. Students will leave class with a sampler and a wealth of information and inspiration. (Full-day and 3-hour sessions available.)
- Stranded Colorwork. In this class, we will focus on stranded knitting, and discuss the difference between stranded colorwork, Fair Isle, Setestal, Selbu, and Bohus knitting. We will go over the history and common uses/applications, differences and similarities, and how to work each technique. We will cover one- and two-handed colorwork, proper uses and applications of tacking long floats, carrying yarns, reading charts, and proper tension and finishing techniques. Students will leave class with a sampler and a wealth of information and inspiration.(3-hour only.)
- Fiona’s classes are about creativity. They’re all set up to give students time to play and explore, and she’s devised them so that you’ll leave with an understanding of how the techniques truly work.
- Twist, Shift, and Cable. Fiona is undeniably a master of inventive and fun cables. In this workshop, she’ll inspire you to cable, too! The class will begin with a review of cable techniques, including tips for understanding the terminology and reading charts, which can help even advanced knitters. She’ll then dive into morphing cables….cables that change and become other patterns. You’ll get started designing your own cables and learn how to experiment and adapt your cabling to the needs of a garment. Even if you are not an advanced cable knitter, give it a try! (Full-day and 3-hour sessions available.)
- Shaping in Cable Patterns. Stitch patterning, be it cables, lace, texture, or color, is often can be central to a sweater’s design. Stitch patterning is and also one of the best ways to explore your own sweater creativity! But it can sometimes offer up challenges, too – many of which center around shaping and pattern. In this workshop, Fiona will teach you how to tackle shaping and stitch patterning with confidence and a sense of fun. From waist shaping (how does one gracefully add and remove stitches front and center in a patterned piece?) to necklines (Fiona often includes details such as running the pattern seamlessly into or around the neckline) and beyond, Fiona will focus not only on the methods of increasing and decreasing stitches used to change the shape of a piece, but how they can be used to create decorative effects within the cable fabric itself.(3-hour only.)
- Kim’s classes branch out beyond the knitting itself into our materials – she’s going to be teaching us to dye yarn! Since the sweater-quantity class is available in a full-day format only, you’ll have two other choices for Kim’s shorter sessions:
- Dyeing for Sweaters. In this class, you will dye a sweater’s quantity of yarn, uniquely yours. We will start by learning how to mix dyes to create a full colour wheel. Then use one or more of those colours to create special yarn for your next sweater. You’ll see first hand how colours change through the dye process, how dyes react with different fibres and how these elements combine to create truly unique sweaters. Learn how to manage consistency of your dyeing to the limits of this craft, and how to work with the unique patterning of hand dyed yarns that result. (Materials fee for yarn applies.)(Full-day only.)
- Dyeing Accent Colors. In this class, you will learn to dye small quantities of yarn to use as accent colours in your sweaters. Work alone (1 colour) or with others (to get 3 colours). Work with one or more of a range of colours to create your unique accents for your next colour work sweater. (Materials fee for yarn applies.) (3-hour only.)
- Individualized Mini-Sessions: In past retreats, some attendees have requested one-on-one time with a sweater expert to get measurements right, talk body shape, and/or cover an individualized design idea. If this is you – you’ve never had measurements taken, or want to talk design instead of getting your dye on, this class is for you. We’ll place you in a one-hour mini-session during one of the class slots to get your questions answered – as well as building a little more free time into your day! (One-hour session within a 3-hour time slot.)
In addition to the classes, you’ll participate in lectures, evening festivities, and get an intimate, conversation-filled weekend with our wonderful instructors. You’ll get access to a carefully-curated marketplace and special retreat designs. All with around 100 of the most wonderful people, against a backdrop of one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Want still more details? Download the brochure here!
￼Registration will happen in a few phases, detailed below. The cost of the make. wear. love. retreat: east coast edition includes one full-day class, three 3-hour classes, evening events and lectures, special retreat designs, meals and a glass of wine each day, and a goodie bag. The cost of the retreat is $965.
Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging with Sebasco, who has a wonderful array of choices for you. (We’ll give you a guide to the different types of accommodations, along with a way to get in touch with other knitters interested in sharing rooms or a cabin, once your spot is confirmed.) Non-knitting companions are welcome, their cost for all meals and participation in lounge & evening activities is $550.
- Registration will open at 12pm Eastern on Monday, May 18. We’ll link to a google form here on the blog. At that time, you’ll need to give us basic information like your name and email, tell us which classes you’d most like to take, and tell us a little bit about your knitting skill level.
- Attendance confirmation, class assignments, and schedule will be sent by Wednesday, May 27. A non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due at this time (we’ll send you a Paypal invoice when we send your confirmation).
- In mid-June, we’ll finalize the remaining details of your retreat weekend. Your balance will be due on June 30.
We hope you can join us. We can’t wait to pull up a chair in one of the most sublime places on earth, and dive into all things sweater.