Spring is here!

25 May

ImageOne of my favorite things about Squam Art Workshops (and believe me there is a LONG list of favorites so it is hard to choose) are these beauties.  They are Lady Slippers, a naturalized woodland orchid and I’ve been obsessed since I first saw them scattered through the walks.

Enough about plants though! Cal & I are both getting ready to head back to NH in a couple weeks and there has been lots of prep!  Cal will be there all week, helping people make their own PJs and “Squam Smocks”.  If you have never been to SAW you may not know the official uniform of SAW is the Hodge Podge Farm dress, here’s proof:

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It’s me (Jill), Maya Donenfeld, Cal Patch – of course, creator of all the lovely dresses (okay, mine is from her pattern but I did the sewing), Jonatha Brook and Michelle Madden Smith taken by another SAW regular Thea Coughlin.

And no, this wasn’t planned, it was just what we all showed up to breakfast wearing.

I’ll be heading to SAW too, but this time just for the Saturday Art Fair & Ravelry Revelry both of which are free and open to the public so if you’re in the area, stop by! This might me one of the most fun Art Fairs around (did I mention there will be beer?) I’ll be bringing lots of yarn including a brand new base and Cal’s got lots of dresses & leggings in the works.

Double Knot has lots of projects in the works for Summer & Fall, more news on that soon.  In the meantime, why don’t you connect with us over on Facebook & share your in the works projects, amazing garden pictures & yummy recipes. We love all of those things and would love to see what you’re working on!

 

 

Winter/Spring classes with Double Knot!

6 Feb

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We’ve been hard at work plotting and planning, and lots of inspiring classes are now posted to keep you learning and making for the rest of these cold months! Plus we’ve got a big surprise to announce in later this week, so stay tuned…

In the meantime, did you know that Jill and Cal both teach at Purl Soho, in addition to our Hudson Valley home turf? It’s true! We’re happy to have a place to visit with our NYC pals. Jill’s Sprout Double Knit Cowl class this weekend is already sold out, but keep an eye on our monthly schedule to see what’s coming up. Cal will be down at Purl next weekend (2/16-17) with two crochet workshops, so get your spot now!

Jill is also hosting a Sweater Contest over in her Ravelry group this month, until 3/20. Knit or crochet a sweater using her yarn, and WIN a sweater’s worth of her yarn!

Upcoming on our schedule this month are two sessions of Hook Up a Hat (one at Purl and one at White Barn), the brand new Picture Kn(it) (incorporate Fair Isle and intarsia into your knits!), Granny Square Workshop, and the launch of sewing classes at White Barn with Befriend Your Sewing Machine on 2/25, followed by the 4-week Beginner Sewing: Design Your Own Knitting Bag. View the complete list here and see what’s calling to you!

 

A brand new year!

14 Jan

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Happy New Year!

Just hopping in for a quick note to tell you that we’ve got some fun plans in store for 2013! After the hustle-bustle of the Fall and holiday seasons, January is always a good month for resting and restoring our creative selves, and for hunkering down near the woodstove with a fresh ball of yarn and a plan. But we’ll be back soon with new classes and ideas to keep your Winter filled with projects…

Oh, and if you’re in or near NYC this weekend, stop by the Jill Draper Makes Stuff booth at Vogue Knitting Live and say “Hi!”

And suddenly… it's FALL!

10 Oct

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We knew it was coming. But then, the next thing we know, the leaves are swirling at our feet and the garden is preparing to sleep. September whizzed by in a flurry of fiber festivals and the always magical Squam Art Workshops (where I took the photo above; a work from the class Earth Art). Now it’s October, and classes are underway! We are still working on updating the site with all the newness that’s going on, but I thought I should check in and let you know that you can always check the schedules at our two venues, White Barn Farm and Wing & Clover if you need clarification.

In the meantime, a few workshops coming up quick that you might want to know about:

Saturday, October 13: Befriend Your Sewing Machine at Hammertown Barn

Sunday, October 14: Hook Up a Hat at White Barn Farm

Starts Tuesday, October 16: Design Your Own Knitting Bag at White Barn Farm (4 week class)

and the following weekend, October 20 & 21 we’ll see you in Rhinebeck for our most favorite event of the year: the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival!

And suddenly… it’s FALL!

10 Oct

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We knew it was coming. But then, the next thing we know, the leaves are swirling at our feet and the garden is preparing to sleep. September whizzed by in a flurry of fiber festivals and the always magical Squam Art Workshops (where I took the photo above; a work from the class Earth Art). Now it’s October, and classes are underway! We are still working on updating the site with all the newness that’s going on, but I thought I should check in and let you know that you can always check the schedules at our two venues, White Barn Farm and Wing & Clover if you need clarification.

In the meantime, a few workshops coming up quick that you might want to know about:

Saturday, October 13: Befriend Your Sewing Machine at Hammertown Barn

Sunday, October 14: Hook Up a Hat at White Barn Farm

Starts Tuesday, October 16: Design Your Own Knitting Bag at White Barn Farm (4 week class)

and the following weekend, October 20 & 21 we’ll see you in Rhinebeck for our most favorite event of the year: the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival!

Summer is HERE!

1 Jun

Can you believe it? Suddenly it’s Summer, the perfect season for sewing! There seems to be a blossoming movement to sew your own clothing, and we’re all for it. We’ve got two new classes lined up to brighten your summer weekends, and a smattering of old favorites to keep you busy! Poet Tunic is a brand new one-day class in which you’ll transform an oversized T-shirt (who doesn’t have too many of those?) into a cute tunic like the one above. Sun Hat Workshop is another one-day class in which you’ll learn to draft a simple one-piece pattern and stitch up a reversible hat for yourself or your kids. We’ve also added a new session of our most popular sewing class, Befriend Your Sewing Machine, as well as one more in our Make-Your-Own series, Make Your Own Dress. All of our sewing classes take place at the lovely and spacious Wing & Clover studio in Rhinebeck. Oh yes, the store may have closed, but the studio classes are still going strong!

If you’re really excited to dive into clothes-making, and have a little bit of time this summer, Cal is also teaching a five-day intensive called Design (and MAKE!) Your Own Clothes at the fantastic Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, from July 30 through August 3. In one week you’ll learn how to make skirts, T-shirts and dresses, and make at least one of each, from pattern-drafting, to muslin, to finished garment. WOW! You’ll have a whole new handmade wardrobe before you know it! Rosendale is a sweet country town to spend a summer week in, especially for you city peeps…

Speaking of city peeps, for those of you who can’t come up to visit the Hudson Valley this summer (though we highly recommend it), did you know that both Jill and Cal teach classes at Purl Soho as well? Now you do.

Happy Summer!

Hook It Up! It’s National Crochet Month

23 Mar

Did you know that it’s National Crochet Month? I often wonder if most people even really know what crochet is. A cousin to knitting, crochet is worked with one hook and any of the same yarns you might knit with. Many people only think of acrylic granny square afghans from the seventies, and while I do have a soft spot for those, crochet can be so much more. You can make stylish sweaters, cozy hats, cute tiny amigurumi, rag rugs, or delicate lace shawls with it, for just a few examples…

If you’d like to dip your toe in the crochet pool, we’ve got a series of NEW one-day workshops lined up. Most likely you’ve done a little crochet at some point in your past (you will need at least a cursory knowledge of the basic stitches: chain, single and double crochet) but don’t worry if you’re rusty; we’ll review the stitches at the beginning of each class. I’ve designed these workshops to take you from knowing a stitch or two, to using your crochet skills to make something new! Knitters often love the freeform, forgiving and speedy qualities of crochet. Plus it’s nice to change up the movements your hands are making now and then.

All of these are on Saturdays from 2-4pm at White Barn Farm in Gardiner. You can register for one or all of them. Hope to see you there!

Hook Up A Hat (March 24)

Crochet Pattern Primer (March 31)

Hip To Be Square (April 14)

Crochet Flowers (May 5)

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