Our very first textile travel experience:
The Tatter Blue Library Textile Retreat
Mushroom Dyeing & Immersive Embroidery Around the Communal Table
in MidCoast Maine
Date: September 29 - October 5, 2019
Location: This retreat is set in beautiful Mid-coast Maine near the town of Belfast, two hours north of Portland.
SESSION 1: FOREST FORAGING AND MUSHROOM DYEING
Join us for a unique opportunity to walk into the Maine woods with mycologist Alissa Allen. Alissa has over twenty years of experience researching and dyeing with mushrooms and lichens. We will start with an informative presentation by Alissa and then get hands-on experience searching and picking mushrooms of our own. Students will learn to name and distinguish edible, non-edible and dye-producing fungi. Forest walks are followed by an all-day dyeing workshop, demonstrating how to extract different colors from the gathered mushrooms, to add natural color to thread, yarn and cloth.
SESSION 2: IMMERSIVE EMBROIDERY WITH ANNIE COGGAN & JORDANA MUNK MARTIN
During the second session we will revel in the historical context of embroidery in Maine with Annie Coggan and Jordana Martin. Inspired by the rich history of embroidered samplers in Maine, Annie and Jordana will lead us in both presentations as well as stitching exercises. Retreat goers will also enjoy primary embroidery sources at local historical societies and museums as well as a visit to and dye class with, the famous Swan’s Island Textile Company.
Meals will be provided by Annemarie Ahearn of Salt Water Farm using fresh, local Maine ingredients. We will have the opportunity to dine together at her farm. Private dining experiences will be curated by other well-known chefs and restaurants including Belfast’s Chase’s Daily, Camden’s Long Grain and Rhumb Line, and Rockport’s Seafolk.
Each evening we will gather together for a warm, tactile dining experience, and to stitch on a communal tablecloth. This project will bring us together at the end of the day and allow us to engage with each other and the craft that since it’s origin, was practiced in circles, side by side.