Imagine a morning spent sipping coffee with friends, the warm summer sun on your shoulders, chatting and gathering flowers, berries and roots from a dyer’s garden at your local CSA farm. Natural ecru skeins of Michigan-grown and spun yarn are prepped in tubs scattered around the farm, waiting to soak up dyes in the afternoon. An indigo vat is bubbling and there are willow branches and coreopsis and madder and goldenrod, splayed out in a natural rainbow. The dinner bell rings and you slide into your spot on a bench at the farmhouse table laden with still-warm veggies and fruits, harvested from the ground just hours before. With a full belly, you head off for some tutelage from the local dye experts, getting focused, hands-on instruction for dyeing yarn with Nature’s best pigments. Heading home in the evening, you’re buzzing with excitement–about meeting new friends, trying new foods and about the new projects you’ve got planned with yarn that was touched by so many creative hands right here in Michigan.
On Friday, August 4th from 6 to 8 pm, we’ll be hosting a Why Knot Fibers trunk show at Wool & Honey, where local dyers Kat and Claire will be debuting their new S’Mitten yarn, a project near and dear to their hearts. (Hint: it’s yarn, 100% grown, spun and dyed in Michigan!) We’ll be celebrating summer with both sparkling wine (L. Mawby, of course!), as well as farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres prepared by local farmer Jess Piskor of Birch Point Farm. Jess will be giving a short talk about farm life in Northern Michigan and the food he creates to nourish Leelanau County. We’re giving away a HUGE gift basket (valued at $200!) stuffed to the brim with Michigan-made yarns and other sweet delights; join us on Friday night and this gift basket could be yours. The trunk show is FREE and open to everyone.
Each day (Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th) Kat and Claire will be leading an all-day intensive dye workshop, where 24 participants (12 on each day) will receive focused, hands-on instruction for dyeing yarn with dyestuffs that are grown and foraged right on the farm, including willow, madder, goldenrod and indigo. Workshop participants will gather, prepare and dye their own yarn, breaking for a family-style, farm-fresh lunch prepared by farmer and foodie Jess Piskor of Birch Point Farm. The lunch will feature an in-season, vegetable-heavy menu, with locally raised meat, as well as vegan options. Coffee and water will be available in a steady stream throughout the day. (Because who can create without caffeine?!?) Each participant will be given a goody bag that includes two skeins of Michigan-grown yarn to dye; more yarn (for those seeking larger projects) will be available for purchase at the farm.
Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday workshops are limited to 24 total spaces–12 each for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will be available by lottery drawing; the lottery drawing begins at 9 am on Saturday, July 15th and one lucky winner will be attending the workshop FREE. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 17th. The trunk show on Friday evening from 6-8 is open to everyone.
Find the tickets for the Natural Dye Workshop HERE.
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