2014 Getting Stitched Classes at the Farm

Here's what "Getting Stitched on the Farm Classes" I have planned for 2014. All classes are from 9:30 to 4:30. Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided. There may be a "Supplies Fee" depending on the class. 
Payment is by Paypal at check-out. 
If this doesn't work for you, I can take credit cards if you call me. Please e-mail me and I can make arrangements for a credit card sale via a telephone call.

Mother and Child Beginning Embroidery


Date: July 12, 2014 - Saturday
Hours: 9:30 to 4:30
This early in the summer date will give you and your child many days to stitch as the summer progresses.
Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC. 
See this page for Where to Stay ideas
See this page for Directions to the Farm

Beginner Embroidery for Adult and Child: Embroidery is such a special craft that is very accessible to children. In fact, it is the very first needlecraft that I learned. I can't tell you how many hours I spent stitching during the summers when I was a child and teen. I loved (and still do love) it so much, I wrote the book Kids Embroidery (STC 2004).

•This class is designed for a mother, grandmother or adult to be accompanied by one child. 
•You and your young person will have a lovely day in the country learning to stitch, seeing the animals, and eating a farm-raised lunch. 
•This class is a great chance to spend a very special day for two which will make a lifelong memory. 
•The child should be at least 9 years old and interested in learning to stitch.
•Includes tour of farmhouse, farm and conversation about living and working on a sheep farm. 


What will you BOTH learn? Beginning embroidery
Class includes: Basic embroidery supplies including needle, cotton and wool embroidery thread, fabric and felt to stitch on. 
What you need to bring: Scissors, your own colors of embroidery floss if you are picky or passionate about a color! No guarantees I will have your favorite color. 


What will you take away? You both will learn many simple embroidery stitches that will be the backbone of your craft. With these stitches, you will be able embroider for the rest of your life. You will make a bookmark, needlebook, tea towel, and/or ipod case - depending on student's preference.


Supply Fee: Most supplies will be included in the course fee.


Sample bookmarks
Class size: Limited to 5 couples - 10 attendees total.
Class fee: $265 per couple - includes supplies as above, beverages, snacks and farm-raised lunch.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - Please know that you can make it before registering.
You will receive a registration form to be completed. Please note any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.



 
Beginning Crewel Embroidery



Date: July 19, 2014 - Saturday
Hours: 9:30 to 4:30
Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.
Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC. 
See this page for Where to Stay ideas
See this page for directions to the farm.  

Crewel embroidery is one of the most satisfying and easiest to learn needlecrafts. The last big renaissance of crewel embroidery was the 1970's which was when I first learned to stitch. With the re-awakening of embroidery as a popular craft, crewel embroidery is experiencing a comeback. I wrote the book Colorful Stitchery which is being re-published in September of 2014. Come to the farm to learn this creative craft and spend the rest of your summer stitching and creating!

What will you make: We will make a sampler of stitches that you can turn into a small bag, pillow, or framed piece. Please keep checking my blog as I will be posting photos of my bag in progress.

What is included? Linen fabric to stitch on. Small selection of crewel wool. Crewel needle.

What do I need to bring: Scissors, portable Ott-lite with magnifying glass if you have difficulty seeing small things.

There will be other embroidery supplies available for sale at the end of the class. 



Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Price: $225 includes fabric and some thread. Extra supplies will be available for purchase.
Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - Please know that you can make it before registering.
You will receive a registration form to be completed. Please note any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.


Embroidery on Knits


Fair Isle Check with embroidery overstitched on knits
Date: August 2, 2014 - Saturday
Hours: 9:30 to 4:30
Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.
Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC. 
See this page for Where to Stay ideas
See this page for directions to the farm

What will you make:  We will make a zippered embroidered bag which is a perfect size for knitting and sewing tools or cosmetics. You can also turn your embroidery into a pillow. I will be making a sample and posting it here soon.
Here are some posts with Student work:
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Homework: You will need to make the base stockinette stitch pieces for the bag you will embroider. You will receive "homework" to be completed before attending the class. I will be making this bag soon so check the blog in the near future to see what your project will look like - although everyone's will be different. That is the beauty of embroidery!

Fair Isle knit sample decorated with embroidery
What will you need to bring: Regular knitting supplies. Large eyed tapestry needle (blunt point and preferably NOT PLASTIC!)



What supplies are included: You are welcome to use my yarn stash to embroider with while you are at the farm.  

past student work
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Price: $225 includes use of my worsted weight yarn stash while you are at the farm. 
Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - Please know that you can make it before registering.
You will receive a registration form to be completed. Please note any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.

Paint Your Own Lampshade

Date: August 9, 2014 - Saturday
Hours: 9:30 to 4:30
Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC. 
See this page for Where to Stay ideas
See this page for directions to the farm


Class Intro: Is your home full of plain white lampshades? Learn how to transform a plain white lampshade into a piece of art that will add a designer touch to your home. You can see many of my own painted lampshades on the Houzz.com website here


•We will begin by talking about design. 
•I will help you sketch motifs and designs on paper. If you have fear of drawing, do not worry - I will help. 
•We will block out your design out on paper. 
•You will begin painting. You should be able to complete your lampshade in the day. If not, I will send you off with a care package of paint to finish at home.
•Includes tour of farmhouse, farm and conversation about living and working on a sheep farm. 


Samples of past student's lampshades
Class fees: Use of fabric paint and paintbrushes are included. There will be a selection of lampshades to choose from and purchase. If you want to bring your own, it is possible. Please check with me as to what kind of lampshade to purchase. If you would like to purchase the paintbrushes at the end of the class, they will be available also. 


Supply Fee: Paintbrushes and lampshades will be available for sale.

Class Size: Limited to 6 students

Cost: $225 includes paints, beverages, snacks and farm-raised lunch.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - Please know that you can make it before registering.
You will receive a registration form to be completed. Please note any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.

Simple Fabric Printing


Date: August 16, 2014 - Saturday
Hours: 9:30 to 4:30
Includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch. 
Our farm is 2 hours from Boston and 3 1/2 hours from NYC. See this page for Where to Stay ideas
See this page for directions to the farm.  

What will you learn and make? 
•You will learn to design and print your own fabric using my favorite printing technique. 
•We will begin by talking about design and what shapes and motifs are successful and why. 
•You will make your very own foam printing blocks that you can take with you for further fabric and paper printing. 
•You will learn how to print on cotton fabric and learn about the paints available for printing. 
•You will make a printed fabric bag and fabric for a printed dishtowel or napkins. The fabric can also be turned into a pretty pillow for your sofa.
•Includes tour of farmhouse, farm and conversation about living and working on a sheep farm.  


What is included: Materials for making printing blocks. Fabric paints for printing will be supplied. One piece of fabric and a canvas bag to print on. If you want to purchase additional fabric, it will be available.

Class Size: Limited to 6 students 
Price: $225 includes snacks, beverages, and farm-raised lunch.
There will be no refunds for this workshop - Please know that you can make it before registering. 
You will receive a registration form to be completed. Please note any dietary restrictions so I can plan accordingly.

AUGUST 4, 2012 CELEBRATION OF COLOR + FLOWERS FOR KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS


CELEBRATION OF COLOR AND KNITTED + CROCHET FLOWERS
Saturday One Day Retreat
August 4, 2012

This one day retreat will awaken your creative knitting and crochet juices. Knitters and crocheters are welcome. First thing, we will hop right into learning about color and how to combine colors effectively and fearlessly. You will learn how to see color, how to combine colors, and how to work with colors. We will take our inspiration from nature and from art. You will learn how to use these techniques when designing your own projects later in the day.


You will need to complete some homework you will receive upon registration to get the most out of your day at the farm. This class is not for beginners but is for knitters and crocheters who have basic skills and the desire to learn.


Using the knitting or crochet homework that you bring with you, you will learn how to build your own flower creations. Depending on your skill level and speed, you may learn how to create your very own flower design. You will be able to bring your projects home to felt them or we may felt some of the projects if time allows. This will be a creative and fun day spent in a lovely setting and you will leave excited to try more of the techniques out when you get back to your very own home.

Here are some projects which use flowers and you will be able to use the flowers you make in similar projects.

Pillow with attached felted sunflowers

Napkin rings made from flowers

A grapevine wreath adorned with felted flowers
Class includes farm lunch, hand-outs, some supplies, and a goodie bag.
Arrival 10 a.m.
Departure 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $225 
Spaces still available.

Class is sold out. Please email me to be put on the waiting list!
Click below to pay $225. Refunds can only be made up to the 60 days before the class date for one day retreats. There will be a $20 bookkeeping fee for any refunds.
Payment may also be made by credit card via telephone. Please email me with your phone number and I will call you at time suggested to take your credit card number. Email: kristinnicholas AT gmail DOT com


If you want to make the day into a weekend, check out the local places to stay here
The Pioneer Valley is full of wonderful wool-inspired businesses. Extend your stay with visits to a few of the places listed here


Click here for registration and payment information.
Click here for Cancellation Policy.


For further information, see the main "Get Stitched on the Farm with Kristin Nicholas Website" here.
 

The following photos show projects that past students have made at a Two Day Flower Retreat. 













SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 FAIR ISLE KNITTING AND STEEKING

Saturday One Day Retreat
September 15, 2012

This is a great class for knitters who want to learn how to knit in two colors. You will learn how to:
1. Knit on double pointed needles in the round
2. Knit with two colors in the same round.
3. How to make a steek.
4. How to cut a steek.
5. How to sew in a separating zipper.

There is a small bit of homework necessary for this class. You will be sent instructions to make two small garter stitch pieces which we will use to make this cute little bag.


You will need to bring size 6 or 7 double pointed needles.  My gorgeous Color By Kristin yarn will be provided.


Morning Session: 
We will begin with sewing in our zipper and making our cute little bag. When we are done with this little project, we will move onto our how-to session on knitting in the Fair Isle technique. You will learn how to follow a chart and how a chart is developed. The swatch below was made with Fair Isle Knitting worked in the round with a steek that was cut. You will make a piece similar to this swatch (although not this big nor complicated).

Fair Isle Steeked Swatch
As the afternoon progresses, we will continue our Fair Isle Knitting. Each student will then learn to sew and cut their own little tube, thus making it into a piece of flat knitting. This technique is the "dreaded" steeking technique that so many knitters fear. I promise - I will hold your hand!


Class includes arrival snacks, farm lunch, hand-outs, two balls of Color By Kristin Yarn for your Fair Isle Swatch. and a goodie bag.
Arrival 9:30 a.m.
Departure 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $225

If you want to make the day into a weekend, check out the local places to stay here
The Pioneer Valley is full of wonderful wool-inspired businesses. Extend your stay with visits to a few of the places listed here

Click here for registration and payment information.
Click here for Cancellation Policy.

As of September 9, there are currently 8 spaces available. Class is limited to 10 students.

For further information, see the main "Get Stitched on the Farm with Kristin Nicholas Website" here. If you have any questions, call 413.774.6514 or email kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom.

SEPTEMBER 29/30, 2012 WEEKEND RETREAT

Autumn On a New England Sheep Farm
Knitting and Stitching Immersion Weekend

Visit Leyden Glen Farm when the autumn leaves are turning gold, red, orange, and bronze (nature permitting). See growing lambs grazing in the pastures. This class is for anyone from advanced beginner to experienced knitter. The Weekend includes two days of knitting, stitching and color instruction, a farm tour, a hayride, two lunches, and one dinner.

You will leave incredibly inspired and you will never think of your knitting the same. To read past student's comments about their experiences on Kristin's Weekend Retreats, click here


You will be supplied with a couple homework assignments to bring finished which will be used in the course of the weekend.



DAY ONE: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Morning: 
Farm Tour and Introduction
Tour of the Farmhouse
All about Working with Color 
You will learn how Kristin sees color and how you too can become confident when working with color in your knitting and stitching life.



Afternoon: Embroidery on Knits
You will learn to embroidery on your knitted creations. You will bring a knitted homework swatch with you and you will decorate it similar to the swatches in this photo:



Late Afternoon: You will have time to relax in the garden or on the porch before we take off on an old-fashioned hayride. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine while you visit with other students. 

Dinner: Dinner features our farm-raised grilled Leyden Glen Lamb and other seasonal bounty of the Pioneer Valley. You will be treated to stories of the agriculture and area by Kristin, Mark and Julia. The dinner is always such a special time of the retreat where there is lots of laughter and fun. Spouses or traveling companions are welcome to the dinner.

DAY TWO: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Morning: Steeking
Students will bring have a "Fair Isle sunflower homework pillow-top" which they will bring with them. During the Steeking Segment, you will sew and cut your own steek and learn to how to pick up around the edges. You will begin your mitered edge.

 
Afternoon: Fanciful Edgings and Wrap-Up
You will learn all about colorful edging treatments like these:


What is Included:
Sept 29/30 Weekend Retreat includes 

Two lunches on Saturday and Sunday
Saturday evening hayride with The Farmer 
One Saturday evening dinner
    (Traveling partners are welcome for an extra charge)

Full instruction and hand-outs
Goodie bag. 

Class size is limited to six students. 
AS OF JULY 26, 2012 THERE TWO SPACES AVAILABLE.

Total Cost is $500
Lodging is not included. Click here for suggestions for local lodging.

Click here to go to the Registration and Payment Page. 

To read past student's comments about their experiences on Kristin's Weekend Retreats, click here

One Day Private Knitting Retreats at Leyden Glen Farm

Class size is limited to 8 people but must have a minimum of 6 to run. 
Cost for a custom retreat is 
$225/student for Saturday or Sunday class or 
$175/student for weekday classes. 
Includes lunch, a goodie bag and some supplies. 

Classes run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. 


Choose from the following class subjects. Pick two to make up your day.
Embroidery on Knits
Colorful Edgings on Knits
Steeking and How to Knit with Two Colors in the Round
Knitting Flowers and Leaves
The Joy of Color


Your group will be provided with homework which must be made and brought with you.

Combine a trip to Webs Yarn Store in Northampton or one of the other lovely yarn and fabric stores near here, a visit to Historic Deerfield, and a day learning about knitting with Kristin for a once in a lifetime memorable weekend away from home. See this page for all that our beautiful Pioneer Valley has to offer. Leyden Glen Farm is located 2 hours west of Boston and 3 1/2 hours north of NYC.

Please e-mail Kristin (kristinnicholasATgmailDOTcom) with your desired date and she will get back to you with the availability of the farm and studio. 

Kristin is not available until the month of August in 2011 because of prior commitments.

Kristin can also teach other textile crafts:
Embroidery on Fabric with Wool Crewel Yarn
Fabric Printing
Fabric Painting on Lampshades
Decorative Painting on Walls 
Bring some friends and Kristin will build you a custom class!

2012 Class Schedule

Click on the Dates to learn about each class and to see prices. 
Kristin reserves the right to cancel the class if there are not enough students. Please check that your class will run before purchasing airline tickets.



Saturday, September 15, 2012
One Day Retreat
Fair Isle Knitting, Double Pointed Needles
Steeking and Sewing in a Zipper



September 29 and 30, 2012
Two Day Weekend Retreat
Autumn On a New England Sheep Farm
This is the full-monty...
Long days creating, stitching, and learning
(from 9 to 5)
3 fabulous meals including a lamb barbeque Saturday evening
coffee, tea, drinks and snacks
a farm tour with "The Farmer"
and a hayride on an old-fashioned haywagon 
pulled by the farm tractor.


WANT TO BRING YOUR OWN KNITTING GROUP TO THE FARM FOR A DAY? Leyden Glen Farm and Kristin Nicholas are available for custom classes for your own group of friends! This is a great opportunity for a group of friends or a small faction of a knitting guild to have a very special creative knitting, stitching and color experience. Kristin's availability is subject to family commitments and her teaching schedule. 


Click here to learn more about Private Retreats for your group.


For Yarn Stores and Knitting Guilds:
Leyden Glen Farm is available for one day Knitting Guild Visits and Classes and Special Workshops for Yarn Shops. WOW your customers or guild members by bringing them to Leyden Glen Farm for a very special day of learning about color, knitting and stitching. Please contact Kristin via e-mail or phone for further information. Classes can be adapted to your interests.

E-Mail Kristin at kn AT kristinnicholas DOT com for further information.

Click here for registration and payment information. 

Click here for Cancellation Policy.

For further information, see the main "Get Stitched on the Farm with Kristin Nicholas Website" here.

Registration and Payment for Classes 2012

Payment in full is best made by Paypal. If you do not use Paypal, payment by personal check is possible. See the end of this page if you would like to pay via personal check. This year, we can also accommodate regular credit card payments if necessary. You will have to call us with your credit card number. Please e-mail any questions and to receive the phone number.

Once payment is made, you will receive a Registration Form (in PDF format) to fill out and return by mail or e-mail. Please read the Cancellation Form and the Farmhouse Need to Know Pages and FAQ before registering.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
SATURDAY ONE DAY RETREAT
FAIR ISLE KNITTING, STEEKING, SEWING IN A ZIPPER
$225. 

Click below to pay $225. Refunds can only be made up to the 60 days before the class date for one day retreats. There will be a $20 bookkeeping fee for any refunds.
NINE spaces available.








AUTUMN AT LEYDEN GLEN SHEEP FARM 
TWO DAY WEEKEND KNITTING AND STITCHING RETREAT 
SEPTEMBER 29/30, 2012
$500.

Refunds can only be made up to the 60 days before the class date for the Two Day Retreat. There will be a $20 bookkeeping fee for any refunds.

TWO spaces still available as of 8/31/12.

Click below to register and pay for the entire class fee ($500) for the SEPTEMBER 29/30, 2012 Knitting + Stitching Retreat at Leyden Glen Farm.








Click below to pay your $300 deposit. Remaining payment will be due by July 30. You will be sent a Paypal invoice for the remaining payment.





If you want to take one of the classes and do not choose to pay for the class via Paypal, you can send a check or pay by regular credit card. Please e-mail Kristin immediately to request a Registration form by e-mail. Send the form with a check to the address which will be found on the form. 

For regular credit card payments, you will have to call with your credit card number. Send an email and we will give you the number to call. 

If you have any questions, you may contact Kristin by e-mail and she will either answer your questions or call you.

Kristin's e-mail is: knATkristinnicholasDOTcom

Celebration of Color, Flowers, Knitting and Stitching Class

These are some photos from the 2010 Celebration of Color, Flowers and Knitting Class. Almost all of the projects were made by my students.