On Farm Classes & Events
At VT Grand View Farm, we value the importance of passing on our love of sheep, sustainable farming, and fiber art. Through on farm classes and events, we invite you to connect with the land and the heritage arts of spinning, weaving, felting, and knitting.
2014 Class and Event Schedule
Natural Dye Class
An introduction to using locally growing plants as natural dye material. We will spend the morning gathering plants and flowers to use as dye material. Our dye baths will brew while we enjoy lunch on the porch. After lunch, the magic begins as we dye sample skeins of yarn! Bring your own lunch. (If these dates do not work for you, we are happy to schedule a custom dye class just for your group.)
$83 (includes sample skeins)
Friday, July 11, 2014
Please contact us if you have questions.
Plein Air Felting- Creating a Felted Clasp Purse
"En plein air," a French term meaning, "in the open air" revolutionized painting in the 18th century as impressionist artists took their canvases outside for inspiration. In this workshop, we will venture outside for inspiration, using colorful wool as our palette, and wet felting as our medium to create small vignettes. We will utilize the wet felting technique of using resists to create a small clutch purse, adding embellishments of beads, needle felting, and embroidery stitches. Lastly, we will sew a "kiss clasp" to the top of the purse. This class is intended for those who already have felting experience.
Each student should bring a digital camera and be prepared to spend some time outside as we capture our subjects in nature.
10am - 2:30pm Friday, July 25, 2014
Please contact us to register.
Artist in Residence
Whether your spinning group is preparing for a Sheep to Shawl Contest, or you are an individual artist wanting to spend focused time on your work, VT Grand View Farm offers artists a lovely place to spend focused, creative time on your art work. Artists have full use of our sunny studio located in our 150 year old barn. All disciplines of art are welcome, however, the fiber/textile artist will have use of looms, felting table, drum carder, and spinning wheel. Artists stay in our Farmhouse Suite and enjoy a full country breakfast. Other meals may be provided upon request. The Suite sleeps up to 4 people, allowing a group of artists to come together to work collaboratively on a project. Residencies last from 3 to 10 days depending upon the artists needs and time of year.
Please contact us if you have questions.
Vermont Weaver's Retreat (June-September)
Stay three nights in our Bed & Breakfast, and have full access to our fiber studio in our 150 year old barn. Spend three glorious, uninterrupted days at a loom working on your own project. We provide a comfortable, elegant bedroom, full country breakfast, afternoon snack, loom and warping board. You provide the yarn for your project and weaving expertise. You will have a choice of a 22 inch table top loom, 24 inch floor loom, or 45 inch floor loom. This retreat is appropriate for experienced weavers only.
$575/weaver for three nights-Includes full breakfast, afternoon snacks, and studio use.
(plus VT rooms & meals tax)
We may accomodate two weavers at a time. Each weaver may share their bedroom with one additional non-weaving adult free of charge.
Contact us to make your reservation today!
Open Studio Day for Ages 9 to 99!
For the month of July, we will open our studio up to you as we invite your family and friends to gather to work on fiber art projects. Each week, we will teach a new skill, and help you get started on your project. Please contact us ahead of time to reserve your spot and for driving directions.
When: Monday Afternoons from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: Studio Fee-$15/person - Ask about our family discount.
Material fee-varies week to week ranging between $5-$8
Ages: 9 to 99 (Please inquire about younger children.)
Monday, July 7- Felted Hat Day-Learn to make a hat using wet felting techniques!
Monday, July 14 - Weaving Day - Choose between using a back strap loom to create your own custom belt, or a small tapestry loom for creating a mini wall hanging.
Monday, July 21 - Wee Folk Fairy Day - Learn to create wee fairy dolls using wool and all natural materials.
Monday, July 28 - Felted Birds - Learn to create a lovely piece of felt and then cut and hand sew it into a bird.
Email to register or if you have further questions. Space is limited, so we recommend registering early. If you are traveling a distance and would like accommodations, you may want to consider renting our Farmhouse Suite.
If you would like overnight accommodations, please contact us.
Let us customize a fiber retreat for you!
Our farm provides the perfect location for custom fiber retreats. Our B&B sleeps 4-6 people and provides an intimate setting for those wanting an overnight farm experience along with fiber classes. We are happy to customize fiber classes or retreats for your family or group. It is as simple as choosing your date(s) and the skill you would like to learn!
The Shepherd & Her Sheep Tour-With this introductory tour, you will get a quick introduction to all of the livestock on the farm: pigs, chickens, angora bunny, llama, and of course-the sheep! You will meet the animals on pasture, and learn about sustainable farming here at Grand View Farm. The tour ends in our fiber studio where you will hear about shearing and how we go from sheep to yarn. There will be time to ask questions and get some photos with the sheep. Our yarn and other hand crafts will be available for purchase in our fiber studio.This tour is perfect for all ages, however we will walk on uneven and steep terrain.
$30 fee for up to 3 people
$7 fee for each additional person